The information we've listed below is designed for US-owned personal investment legal entities, rather than corporations operating as businesses so keep that in mind.
If you have some questions about opening a Swiss bank
for US corporations then feel free to reach out to us for some assistance.
The best and most suitable legal vehicle for a Swiss bank account are US registered or US owned corporations like Delaware companies and other offshore companies as well as trusts like those based in the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands.
Minimum Opening Requirements
The minimum opening balance will depend on a few criteria, the main one being where you're located. Though typically opening balances will be in their range of $500,000 and $1,000,000. There will also be criteria around the place of incorporation or the services requested of the bank.
Opening an Account Remotely
The remote opening of a Swiss bank account for a US corporation is possible if it is a trust or a foundation which is owned by residents who live in the USA or in Switzerland. Something to note though is that a trust, foundation, or other legal entity registered in offshore nations like the Cayman Islands or the Bahamas will only be able to have a Swiss bank account opened remotely if the owner is a US resident. Otherwise, you'll need to visit the bank in person.
The types of services you'll be provided by a Swiss bank will be heavily dependant on the legal entity your business is. this means that the bank will need to know the legal status and group your business into a bracket in order to provide the most relevant services for you and your business.
A few common services that Swiss banks provide to businesses are as follows:Asset management servicesAdvisory and other management servicesSpecial matter servicesA range of market and asset classesMulti-national or single country investment optionsInvestment modules