SSPA – a thoughtful ambassador for the structured products industry in Switzerland
The Swiss Structured Products Association (SSPA) was founded on 4 April 2006 and represents the shared interests of the most important market stakeholders within the structured products industry. It currently has 40 members. With an investment volume of around CHF 200 billion, Switzerland is the world’s largest market for structured products.
The SSPA aims to represent the entire value chain from issuers and buy-side issuers, trading platforms, buy-side to brokers and partners. Today the Association represents more than 95 % of the market volume for structured products in Switzerland. In addition, the Association aims to improve understanding and knowledge of structured products and to have a lasting positive influence on the operating conditions for these innovative financial products within the Swiss financial centre. In order to assert its influence in the long term, the Association positions itself with all stakeholders as an expert and fair interlocutor and maintains a close and constructive dialogue.
It aims to achieve these goals by:
- raising the profile of structured products and of its members, both within Switzerland and abroad,
- providing information about structured products and their deployment in the field of asset management, as well as promoting their acceptance,
- acting as a communications body to safeguard the shared interests of its members, inter alia vis-à-vis public authorities, other associations, the media, national and international organisations,
- making recommendations where appropriate and defining rules of conduct and industry standards,
- observing the environment and framework conditions of structured products at home and abroad and preparing studies along with statistics and proposed solutions to questions posed by members.
The Association consists of three bodies, the Delegate Meeting, the Board and the Business Office.
Each Association member nominates two delegates, who meet at regular, annual Delegate Meetings. The delegates elect the Board, each member having one or two votes, depending on the category.
The Association’s Board consists of up to six members, chosen from among active Association members. At least three board members must be members of an active member Issuer. If more than three active members Buy-Side & Markets are represented in the Association, one board member must be a member of an active member Buy-Side & Markets.
The Business Office
Staffed by the Board, the Business Office handles day-to-day affairs. Each of its three activity sectors is headed by a sector head. Additional working groups can be nominated by the Board as needed on an ad-hoc basis.
Chairman of the Board
Head Structured Solutions & Treasury
Bank Vontobel AG
“My work in the Association is intended to contribute to the standardisation of structured products and their market infrastructure in the interests of all participants. At the same time, the acceptance of investors will be increased through targeted training and easier access.
Member of the Board
Head of Capital Markets
CA Indosuez Wealth Management
“The mission of the buy-side is to increase structured products penetration in client portfolios thanks to our capacity to demonstrate diversification, efficiency and performance created by such products in an investment context.
Member of the Board
Head Exchange Traded Solutions Switzerland
“With my work in the SSPA, I would like to contribute to increasing the acceptance and awareness of structured products and our industry among investors.
Member of the Board
Head Equity Derivatives Sales Switzerland
“With my work in the Association, I would like to promote the acceptance of structured products among professional and institutional investors and work towards common market standards that help to increase transparency.
Willi F.X. Bucher
Member of the Board
Head of Structured Products & FX Advisory
Raiffeisen Schweiz Genossenschaft
“It is my ambition to further promote the understanding and acceptance of Structured Products and thus indirectly contribute to the Swiss financial centre.
Member of the Board
Head Structured Flow & Institutional Sales
Credit Suisse AG
“As a member of the association, my goal is to help shape the future of this very dynamic industry and actively contribute to further increasing the acceptance and use of structured products as an investment instrument - among private investors as well as institutional investors.
“Deployed correctly, structured products can increase the value of every portfolio. I intend to engage in intensive dialogue with all target groups to make the advantages of structured products better known, and to strengthen their reputation and acceptance now and in the future.
Director Operations & Standards
Mobile: +41 79 402 02 31
“In recent years the proportion of structured products as part of the portfolios of long-term strategic investors has grown considerably faster than that of other investments. How stock market trends are best exploited using custom-tailored risk/opportunity profiles has today become more important than scouting for promising stocks and markets.
“Structured products offer broad flexibility and the ability to react quickly in all market situations. As an association, we are actively committed to the best possible regulatory framework and offer our members guidance and support in the challenging regulatory environment.
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As a broad-based industry association covering the entire value chain, the SSPA aims to represent the interests of the entire industry and to improve understanding and knowledge of structured products. In addition to issuers, there is a special focus on the buy-side, including banks and independent asset managers. SSPA membership is seen as a “seal of approval” that establishes a corresponding quality standard and thus provides added value for members and investors.
Depending on the status, SSPA membership is possible as issuer, buy-side issuer, representative of the buy side & trading platforms or as broker and partner.
Issuers of structured products distributed in/from Switzerland and companies that hedge the risks of these issuers.
- Buy-side issuers:
Issuers and guarantors of structured products that are not distributed by their own sales team in Switzerland and for which the risk from the issue is hedged via third parties (“whitelabelling”).
- Buy-side & trading platforms:
Distributors of structured products in/from Switzerland (including banks and independent asset managers) that are not issuers; along with stock exchanges and electronic marketplaces.
- Brokers & partners:
B2B intermediaries and service providers in the value chain of structured products in Switzerland that are neither issuers or distributors, nor institutional investors or academic institutions.
|Definition||Issuers of SP that are distributed in/from CH as well as companies that hedge risks from these issuers.||Issuers of structured products that are not distributed via their own sales team in Switzerland and where the risk from the issue is hedged via third parties.||Distributors of SP in/from CH (incl. banks, independent asset mgrs. and B2B intermediaries) who are not issuers; exchanges and electronic marketplaces.||Service providers for the SP value chain in CH, who are neither issuers nor distributors; institutional investors and academic institutions.|
|Eligibility for SSPA committee||At least 3 members
|At least 1 member||Not eligible|
|DA representation||2 delegates / 2 votes each||1 delegate / 1 vote each||1 delegate / 1 vote each||Non-voting guests|
Why become a SSPA member? The benefits of SSPA membership.
Actively shape the future of our industry:
- Actively contribution to shaping, developing and anticipating trends on Swiss and European markets
- Actively participation in the development of structured products on Swiss and European markets
- Discussions on key issues of relevance to the Association and the industry
- Membership as a “seal of quality” and as a sign of commitment to the financial centre and to our clients
- Outstanding network
Access to exclusive events and information:
- Access to exclusive industry events and insights – for example, InfoTalks, platform during the Finance Fair
- Access to SSPA information materials, videos, knowledge transfer materials for employees, information videos and market statistics updates for Switzerland and Europe
- Access to relevant legal topics, regulations and guidance
- Active participation in various working groups, a dedicated network of experts and access to the minutes of the various working groups
If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Head Office.