The Financial Services Standards Association (VQF) offers a full range of compliance services to financial intermediaries in the parabanking sector in Switzerland. As a centre of competence, the Association provides numerous supervisory, inspection, audit, training and advisory services to its members.
As a Self-Regulatory Organisation (SRO) officially recognised by the Federal Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), the VQF is obliged to supervise its members with regard to the combating of money laundering and the prevention of the financing of terrorism.
In its function as an Industry Organisation for independent Asset Managers (BOVV), the VQF supports independent asset managers with regard to compliance with standards in the asset management industry (link: minimum standards).
VQF Audit AG
As an audit expert accredited by the Federal Audit Supervisory Authority, VQF Audit AG provides inspection and auditing services in accordance with the provisions of Federal law and special legislation to members and non-members of the VQF.
In addition to its capacity as a Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO), its role as an Industry Organization for independent Asset Managers (BOVV) according to the Collective Investment Schemes Act and its auditing services, VQF provides further services concerning legal consulting for financial intermediaries and other persons trading in goods pursuant to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA).
VQF is a center of competence with regard to financial market legislation, AMLA as well as compliance and organizes events on these topics on a regular basis. Those events intend not only to transfer knowledge provided by the respective speakers but also provide the opportunity of a direct exchange of experiences between the different financial market players.
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