International residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners has launched the fourth edition of the Switzerland Business and Investment Handbook, which covers all key aspects of doing business, investing, and living in Switzerland. It was launched to coincide with the 11th Global Residence and Citizenship Conference in Hong Kong.

Over the last few decades, Switzerland has become an even more important residence option for high net worth individuals and their families. There are many reasons why wealthy and talented individuals choose to relocate to Switzerland, including greater business opportunities, personal and legal security, a higher quality education, a healthier environment, as well as a sensible and reliable tax climate.

Residence and citizenship planning has established itself as an important professional field over the last few years, providing a ra­pidly growing number of wealthy individuals the privileges of visa-free travel and better security, quality of life, and education.

The handbook covers company and contract law, competition law, intellectual property law, taxation of personal in­come and investments, corporate taxation, VAT, international tax aspects, real estate, residence, the social security system, private banking, financial market regulation, and other important subjects. This range of relevant chapters combined with portraits of the Swiss cantons and a facts-and-figures section make the handbook user-friendly and practical.

Aside from investors and entrepreneurs interested in investing, living, and doing business in Switzerland, the handbook is also aimed at executives, international tax and legal advisors, business consultants, and fiduciaries who wish to have a clear overview of the country’s legal, tax and economic framework, as well as  individuals living and doing business in Switzerland.

The handbook was edited and co-authored by Swiss lawyer and group chairman of Henley & Partners, Christian H. Kälin, who pioneered the concept of international residence and citizenship planning, and is one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject.

The need for such a reference and benchmarking tool reflects the growth of the investment mi­gration industry in recent years.

“Interest in residence and citizenship by investment has stea­dily increased over the past de­cade, and we anticipate that it will continue to do so,” said Dr Kälin. “In fact, hundreds of attendees from over 40 countries took part in this year’s Global Residence and Citizenship Conference in Hong Kong.” The annual event has become the world’s most significant conference on investment migration. It brings toget­her presidents, prime ministers, senior government officials, academics and industry professionals, as well as financial and business media, offering delegates an  opportunity to engage with the leading minds and ideas driving the growing trend towards global mobility and citizenship.

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