Banking, capital markets and securities law, corporate/m&a
German, English, French, Dutch
University of Zurich (lic.iur., 1977, Dr.iur., 1981)
International Bar Association, American Bar Association
Robert Furter is a partner and member of the Financial Services group as well as the Corporate/M&A group in Zurich. His areas of practice are banking and capital markets as well as corporate and private M&A. In his fields of practice, he advises Swiss and international clients in transactions and on regulatory and governance matters. He is an authorized issuer's representative at the SIX Swiss Exchange. He also sits on the board directors of a number of Swiss corporations.
Robert Furter, graduated in 1977 from the University of Zurich and was admitted to the bar in 1979. In 1981, he earned a doctorate at the University of Zurich. During 1983/1984, Robert Furter worked as a foreign associate with Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, New York. He has been a partner with Pestalozzi in Zurich since 1988 and was Pestalozzi's Chair/Managing Partner from 2002 to 2012. He is named in various publications as one of Switzerland’s leading financial services and M&A practitioners. Robert Furter is a member of various international professional organizations, including the IBA (where he served as Secretary of Committee Q) and the ABA. He chaired Lex Mundi (The World‘s Leading Association of Independent Law Firms) and has been a member of its Executive Committee.
A new revision of the Swiss stamp duty regulation is one of a series of measures intended to increase the competitiveness of the Swiss financial market. Parliament is expected to adopt it quickly due to pressure from the Swiss Stock Exchange and the Swiss banks.
On July 24 2000 the Swiss Bankers Association's board of directors approved a revision of the association's Portfolio Management Guidelines of April 1996. The amended guidelines came into force on August 1 2000. This update describes the main modifications.
The Swiss Bankers' Association (SBA) is satisfied with the content of a report on improving access to bank information for tax purposes. Since the Swiss legal system conforms entirely with the report’s recommendations, the SBA sees no need to make any changes that would affect the protection of the individual privacy of bank customers in Switzerland.
Pension fund investments in Switzerland are governed by the Ordinance on Occupational Retirement, Survivors' and Disability Pension Plans. Its provisions concerning security and spreading of risks, indirect placements and permissible investments have recently been modified to account for the development of the financial markets.
Over the last two years the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons has searched Swiss banks for the unclaimed assets of Holocaust victims. The Swiss Federal Banking Commission which supervised the process, has recently commented on its findings.
The Swiss Federal Banking Commission has issued new regulations which deal with the outsourcing of banking activity and the requirements of Swiss banking secrecy and data protection rules.
The Swiss Bankers Association has signalled its general approval of the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the European Union, although notes it does not yet consider a closer relationship necessary because of significant involvement in decision- making for EU directives and regulations.