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Liechtenstein Financial Centre. Facts & Figures. 15 banks (8 LI, 4 AT, 3 CH) approx. CHF 160 billion assets under management (AuM) Core business: Private Banking Long tradition in private banking & wealth management Investment funds: over CHF 26 billion Trustees: approx. 400

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Liechtenstein financial centre

Liechtenstein Financial Centre


Facts figures

Facts & Figures

  • 15 banks (8 LI, 4 AT, 3 CH)

  • approx. CHF 160 billion assets under management (AuM)

  • Core business: Private Banking

  • Long tradition in private banking & wealth management

  • Investment funds: over CHF 26 billion

  • Trustees: approx. 400

  • The Financial Centre of Liechtenstein is characterised by its growth, not by its mere size


Liechtenstein financial centre

Regulatory framework and location advantagesRegulation

  • The financial sector is one of the most regulated industries on the globe

  • Regulations can be driven by different interests (consumer protection, fighting against abuse of the financial system, enhancing competitivenes)

  • Framework of regulation is a crucial part in assessing the attractivity of a location


Liechtenstein financial centre

Financial Centre

Globalised financial markets/on- and offshore

  • On-/offshore is mainly used as a political term

  • Changing circumstances (today offshore, tomorrow onshore)

  • Offshore not the same as unregulated

  • Globalised markets are divided up in regions which try to integrate on-and offshore ideas (China, Caribbean, and Europe?)


Financial centre business advantages 1

Financial Centre Business Advantages (1)

  • High Stability of political, social, legal and economic system

  • Liberal economic policies and company law

  • Banking legislation with banking secrecy laws

  • Low taxation

  • Well developed financial market

  • Solid public spending

    • Well developed infrastructure

    • Low level of bureaucracy / smallness, which implicates flexibility and short lines of decision

    • Large capital reserves of the state (AAA country rating by Moody‘s and Standard & Poor‘s)


Financial centre business advantages 2

Financial Centre Business Advantages (2)

  • Free Trade

    • Economic, customs and currency union with Switzerland

    • Part of the European Economic Area (EEA)

    • Member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

    • World Trade Organisation (WTO)

  • International Cooperation and Acceptance of Independence

    • Member of the United Nations (UN)

    • Member of the European Council


Strong ties to switzerland

Strong Ties to Switzerland

  • Currency treaty

    • Swiss franc as national currency (currency area)

    • Swiss national bank (SNB) as lender of last ressort

    • Reporting to SNB

  • Customs treaty

    • VAT regime

    • Stamp duty

  • 6 major banks are members of Swiss bankers association (SBA)

  • 2 major banks have status as security dealer at SWX


Strategies of the banks

Strategies of the banks

  • High professionalism and customer orientation

  • High qualtity of services

  • From offshore focus to onshore strategies(Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Asia)

  • Operational in more than 15 countries with more than 50 subsidiaries

  • Lobbying within the European Banking Federation (EBF) and in other organisations at home and abroad


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