How to open a bank account in CIM Banque SA

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Primary requirements:
- in addition to the package of corporate documents, when opening an account from August 1, 2019, the Bank requires:
      - confirmation of location in the country of registration of the company (lease agreement, lease of a separate office);
      - confirmation of the implementation of effective management in the country of registration (employment contracts with employees);
      - confirmation of reporting preparation;
- if the company does not provide documents confirming its real presence in the country of registration, it will be recognized as passive, and at the end of the year information on it will be transferred to the tax authorities within the framework of the "automatic exchange";
- an account can be opened remotely (video conference);
- Requirements for the minimum account balance - CHF 10,000;
- the term for opening an account - case by case (check with the consultant).

A rare case in the Swiss banking market:
CIM Banque does not require high minimum balances;
CIM Banque does not object to the use of the account for SETTLEMENT purposes;
CIM Banque remains focused on the Russian market to this day.
However, the main drawback is that the Bank does not open accounts for offshore companies.

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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
    4 637 112 N/R
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    Year of foundation 1990
    History It was founded in 1990 as Unibank (Suisse) SA and changed its name to CIM Banque in September 1993
    Personnel The bank has Russian-speaking staff
    Bank’s shareholders The bank is owned by 2 companies: Cofisi SA – 87.17%, Aurocofisi SA – 12.83%
    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
    10 000 No restrictions 10 000 1 No restrictions
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    Minimum balance, € The usual practice of the bank is to wish for an account balance of at least CHF 10,000
    Transactions permitted per month The bank has no restrictions on the number of transactions
    Initial deposit of funds, € To activate the account, you need to transfer an amount of 10,000 CHF or the equivalent amount in USD or EUR
    Deadline for the initial deposit, month The initial deposit needs to be made within 1 month
    Minimum turnover, €/year The bank does not have the minimum turnover
    How fast payments are executed Payment execution speed: the usual option is the value date - the third day. Express transfer: value date - the same day (in this case, double tariff will be charged)

    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, €
    100 123 380 5 000 10 000
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    Outcoming transfer, € Стоимость исходящих платежей в EUR (платеж за пределы ЕС и Швейцарии, интернет-банкинг) будет зависеть от суммы: от 0 до 1 999 EUR - 10 EUR; от 2 000 – 4 999 EUR - 15 EUR; от 5 000 до 19 999 EUR - 25 EUR; от 20 000 до 49 999 EUR - 50 EUR; от 50 000 до 99 999 EUR - 100 EUR; от 100 000 до 199 999 EUR - 150 EUR; от 200 000 до 499 999 EUR - 250 EUR; от 250 000 до 999 999 EUR - 350 CHF; от 1 000 000 до 1 499 999 EUR - 450 EUR; от 1 500 000 - 0,030%
    Incoming transfer, € Стоимость исходящих платежей (платеж за пределы ЕС и Швейцарии, интернет-банкинг) будет зависеть от суммы: от 0 до 1 999 CHF - 15 CHF; от 2 000 – 4 999 - 30 CHF; от 5 000 до 19 999 - 50 CHF; от 20 000 до 49 999 - 100 CHF; от 50 000 до 99 999 - 150 CHF; от 100 000 до 199 999 - 250 CHF; от 200 000 до 499 999 - 350 CHF; от 500 000 до 999 999 - 450 CHF; от 1 000 000 до 1 499 999 - 550 CHF; от 1 500 000 - 0,035%
    Account maintenance, €/year Account opening fee (less than CHF 20,000) - CHF 150. The cost of maintaining an account is 120 CHF per quarter (for legal entities and 90 CHF per quarter (for individuals). The fee for closing an account is 300 CHF. If the initial payment exceeds 20,000 CHF, the fee for opening an account is not charged
    Payment limit for credit cards, €/day The minimum payment limit is 5,000
    Funds to be blocked for CC issue, € Insurance coverage is 100% of the payment limit. Thus, for a minimum limit of 5,000, the insurance coverage will be 10,000.
    Distant access to the account Банк предлагает управление через Интернет (Digipass - 100 CHF; плата за интернет-банкинг включена в плату за обслуживание счета). Вам предоставляется возможность осуществлять банковские операции. Также Вы сможете просматривать счет, выполнять переводы, заниматься онлайновым трейдингом на рынках Форекс и фьючерсов и других инвестиционных инструментов, а также давать распоряжения для осуществления операций с ценными бумагами
    Financial products Financial and investment advice. Trust management. Lombard loan. The Bank has a separate department "International Trade Services", which offers bank guarantees and full collateral accreditation
    Credit/debit cards Visa, Mastercard, American Express. Issue of credit cards MasterCard, Visa Gold CHF - 200 CHF + annual commissions 400 CHF; 1% guarantee per year (minimum CHF 120). Swiss Bankers, Visa, MasterCard prepaid cards - free issue and annual service; activation - 45 CHF; usage cost - from 1 EUR per transaction. In addition to credit cards, the bank issues debit cards, which means "I spend as much as there is on the card account." In addition, Swiss Bankers Travel Cash cards are available
    Hold mail Postage costs - 100 CHF annually + 25 CHF monthly. In the case of using Internet banking, it is possible to exclude mail storage from the costs
    File with tariff Fees CIM (May, 2016, 42.63 KB)

    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 & current
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    Visit to the bank No visit to the bank is required, but it is necessary to meet the bank’s representative within 6 months of account opening
    Required Original or apostilled copies of corporate documents, company’s balance-sheet, apostilled copies of passports of shareholders, directors and signatories to the account
    Types of accounts Personal; Corporate; 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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