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How to open a bank account in CBH Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique SA

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Primary requirements:
- savings (investment) accounts;
- an account can be opened without leaving Switzerland, but a meeting with a banker who regularly visits Moscow is required;
- minimum account balance - from CHF 1,000,000;
- the term for opening an account - case by case (check with the consultant).
Twenty years ago this Swiss bank (Banque SCS Alliance SA) was extremely popular with entrepreneurs being of concern to create corporate structures with the participation of non-residents. It was simply explained by the minimum balance equal to 15 000 dollars and no limits as for number of transactions. Plus Russian-speaking personnel including account managers were available and it was not typical of the late nineties. 

The bank gained such a high rate of popularity that the others could only envy the result achieved in its business development. But the situation was gradually changing for the worse and the bank commenced to raise the minimum balance and to limit clients’ transactions. That's a pity…

In 2009 Banque SCS Alliance SA became CBH Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique SA.

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    Bank's characteristics

    General information and rating

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    Global rating Countrywide rating Countrywide rating of the head bank Global rating of the head bank Credit rating
    3 296 89 N/R
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    Year of foundation 1975
    History In 1975, creation of Stock and Commodity Services (SCS). In 1981, became SCS Compagnie Financiere SA, which was granted a banking licence in 1990. On January 7, 1991 began operating as a bank and name changed as Banque SCS Alliance SA. In 2009 changed name to CBH Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique SA
    Personnel Speaks Russian, English, German etc
    Bank’s shareholders Management and affiliated companies - 78,39%; Investors - 21,61%
    Confidentiality Judicial Cooperation Agreement with Russia is signed; Double Taxation Agreement with Russia is signed; AML legislation is strictly observed; Active member of OECD, FATF, Basel Commitee, Egmont Group etc.

    Minimum requirements

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    Minimum balance, € Transactions permitted per month Initial deposit of funds, € Deadline for the initial deposit, month Minimum turnover, €/year
    1 000 000 5 1 000 000 3
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    Tariffs and services

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    Outcoming transfer, € Incoming transfer, € Account maintenance, €/year Payment limit for credit cards, €/day Funds to be blocked for CC issue, €
    50 0 200 N/A N/A
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    Financial products Letters of credit. Guarantees. Lombard credits
    Credit/debit cards VISA Classic, EuroCard, AmEx Green

    Account opening procedure

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    Days to open for incoming transfers Days to open for outcoming transfers References Business description Purpose of the account
    case by case case by case Not necessary Detailed Savings
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    Visit to the bank Not required
    Required Completed bank forms; copy of client’s passport; client’s CV; standard set of corporate documents
    Types of accounts Personal; Corporate; Savings; Current
    Opening procedure and Due Diligence It is possible to open an account without visiting the country where the bank is located; It is possible to open an account without meeting the banker
    Chances to open an account Predictable
    Business description Relatively detailed: in addition to the description of the business, the origin of funds needs to be disclosed
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