The information contained on this page has been compiled, as of its date of publication, with considerable care to ensure investors are informed. The purpose of this page is to provide you with general information about qualified investors residing in Switzerland.
The information provided should not be considered as investment or other advice or a recommendation to buy, sell, or hold a particular investment. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is made to the accuracy or completeness of the information.
OurCrowd’s platform is currently set up to accept members with a “Qualified”, “Accredited”, “Sophisticated”, or “Professional” accreditation status in their country of residence. What are the criteria, and what actions are required on your part? We have a general answer for you below. Please note: for specific questions about the qualifications of your investor status, contact OurCrowd.
Why must I be accredited or be a qualified investor?
Early stage, privately-held companies are high-risk investments, and therefore many countries require individuals to meet certain financial criteria before being allowed to participate in these investments.
What are the overall criteria of qualification/accreditation?
OurCrowd follows the rules of your country of residence – the one in which you pay taxes. These rules vary country by country, but many address the following two questions:
- What are the criteria to qualify as a Qualified/Accredited investor, e.g., what is the minimum level of income and/or net worth, and the knowledge and experience investors need to meet in order to participate in certain types of investments?
- What proof do investors have to give in order to proof they meet these criteria?
🇨🇭Criteria of qualification for investors residing in Switzerland:
In Switzerland, to be a professional investor, one must satisfy and conduct a self-assessment to check if he/she meets the following conditions:
- Possess the necessary knowledge to understand the risks associated with investments, and have at their disposal financial assets of at least CHF 500,000 (emphasis will be on the basis of training, education and professional experience, or, on the basis of comparable experience in the financial sector); or,
- Have net financial assets of at least CHF 2 million at their disposal (direct investments in real estate and claims from social insurance schemes as well as occupational pension assets do not qualify as eligible financial investments).
🇨🇭 Paperwork for investors residing in Switzerland:
High-net-worth private clients residing in Switzerland may request to be reclassified as professional clients (opting out) and they self-certify that they meet the above criteria when accessing OurCrowd’s site. However, upon an investor’s first commitment to invest in a company, OurCrowd will provide a checklist and request documents to verify whether an investor meets the relevant assets or portfolio threshold to qualify as a professional investor.
For more information: If you have any questions about the accreditation process, don’t hesitate to contact us for guidance.