A franchise business in Switzerland
is established between a franchisor and a franchisee
under a franchise agreement
. In order to open a company in Switzerland
set up as a franchise business
, the parties should follow the provisions of the Code of Conduct
provided by the Swiss Franchise Association
, which offers certain regulations for this type of activity.
As a general rule, there are no statutory definitions of the terms associated with franchising
, but the general consensus is given by the above mentioned Code
. Our team of specialists in company formation in Switzerland
can provide advice on the main legal acts
referring to the registration of a Swiss franchise business
Regulations for franchising in Switzerland
As mentioned above, the franchising industry
is not regulated by a designated rule of law. However, when starting the procedure of company registration in Switzerland
in this case, there are certain rules of law
which are also applicable to a franchising agreement
, as follows:
• The Swiss Code of Obligations;
• The Swiss Civil Code;
• The Swiss Intellectual Property Laws;
• The Swiss Unfair Competition Act;
• The Swiss Act on Cartels and other Competition Restraints.
According to the Swiss legislation on the matter, there are no legal distinctions between a franchise business in which the franchisor appoints a single franchisee or multiple franchisees and as a general rule, such businesses do not fall under specific authorization.
Incorporate a Swiss franchise
Foreign businessmen can operate a franchise here with almost no restrictions (which can be imposed for certain activities).
Specific business activities that are started through a franchise agreement
should obtain authorization on the local market prior to starting the operations in Switzerland
. This can be the case of franchises
operating in banking
or gambling industry
and our team of agents in company registration in Switzerland
can provide more information on this matter.
The Swiss company formation
for a franchise
can be set up through a franchise agreement as a foreign company
. At the same time, the franchise
can be established through a branch office or a subsidiary