Association Portrait

The Association

SSPA Swiss Structured Products Association was established on April 4, 2006, to represent the shared interests of issuers of structured products.

Without engaging in commercial activities of its own, SSPA maintains and represents its members’ shared interests in structured products. The Association also promotes the image of structured products and thus, that of the Swiss Financial Center as a whole.

The active members of SSPA account together for 95% of Switzerland’s structured products market. Each Association member nominates two delegates who as a body appoint from its ranks the Association’s five-member Committee. The Committee determines specifics and themes of the Association’s activities, to be executed by the Business Office. Association headquarters are located in Zurich.

The relatively young structured products industry has grown considerably in the past few years and has during that time become economically relevant. Its investment volume in excess of CHF 200 bn makes Switzerland the world’s largest market for structured products.

Mission statement

SSPA Swiss Structured Products Association strives to favorably and lastingly influence the conditions that govern structured products in the Swiss Financial Center.

To ensure its ongoing influence, the Association strives to position itself among its target groups as the primary, fairest and best point of contact in its field.

Association Purpose

is to represent and maintain the shared interests of members dealing in structured products, and to strengthen the image of structured products and thus, the Swiss Financial Center.

The Association intends to reach these objectives by:

  • raising awareness of structured products and Association members in Switzerland and abroad
  • providing information and promoting acceptance of structured products and their place in asset management,
  • communicating the shared interests of Association members among government, other associations, the media, as well as national and international organizations,
  • recommending and defining industry standards and conduct as needed,
  • monitoring the playing field and conditions in Switzerland and abroad which govern structured products; generating studies and statistics; proposing solutions to members’ concerns.

More information about Association purpose, its bodies and regulations are found in the Association Bylaws.

Members of the Swiss Structured Products Association SSPA

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Aargauische Kantonalbank

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Baker McKenzie

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Barclays Capital

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Banque Cantonale Vaudoise

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Bloomberg

Contact

Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA

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BNP Paribas

Contact

CA Indosuez (Switzerland) SA

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Commerzbank AG

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Cornèr Bank Ltd.

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Credit Suisse

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Deutsche Bank AG

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Derivative Partners Group

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Goldman Sachs International **

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J. Safra Sarasin

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Bank Julius Bär

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Leonteq Securities AG

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Natixis

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Niederer Kraft & Frey AG

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Numerix

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Raiffeisen

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Société Générale Paris

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SIX Swiss Exchange

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swissQuant

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UBS AG

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Bank Vontobel AG

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Zürcher Kantonalbank

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Smarthouse Media

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ITG RFQ-hub

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Picard Angst

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Banque Pictet & Cie SA

** Representation Office Zurich

Committee

Georg von Wattenwyl

President

Global Head of Advisory & Distribution
Financial Products
Vontobel Investment Banking
Bank Vontobel AG

“ Structured products deserve objective assessment. I support the necessary opinion-forming process with utter conviction.”

Philipp Rickenbacher

Vice President

Head Advisory Solutions
Member of the Executive Board
Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd

“ Within the association I commit myself particularly to three things: knowledge of interested investors about structured products, transparency and quality of advice, and conditions that allow innovation and competition among issuers.”

Adrian Steinherr

Committee member

Co-Head Equity Derivatives Distribution
& Head Derivatives Sales Trading Switzerland
UBS AG

“ Within the association, our task is to actively support the promotion of structured products in order to create a sustainable environment for all protecting the future of our industry.”

Thomas Schmidlin

Committee member

Head Structured Flow Switzerland
Credit Suisse

“ Structured products are fascinating financial products. The appropriate and reasonable use of structured products offers a significant added value for many investors. That's why I commit myself in the association to point out the many advantages of structured products to the investors.”

Jan Schoch

Committee member

CEO and Founder
Leonteq Securities AG

“ Structured products are modern investment opportunities. They offer an efficient access to many asset classes and risk types. Transparency and customer value must figure amongst the highest of our priorities. With this focus I commit myself to the Association's work.”

Business Office

Jürg Stähelin

Executive Director / Public Relations

juerg.staehelin@svsp-verband.ch
Tel. +41 43 534 97 72

“ 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.”

Peter Keller

Director Operations & Standards

peter.keller@svsp-verband.ch
Tel. +41 43 534 97 72

“ 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.”

Daniel Haeberli

Director Legal & Regulation

Partner Homburger AG
daniel.haeberli@homburger.ch
Tel. +41 43 534 97 72

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is SSPA’s purpose?

SSPA Swiss Structured Products Association strives to maintain and represent the shared interests of its members in the field of structured products and to strengthen the image of such products …
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What is the road to Association membership?

A written application to the SSPA Business Office leads to consideration by the SSPA Committee. The Association is open for both passive, as well as active membership …
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How is the Association structured?

At the Delegate Meeting each active member has two votes. Passive members may participate at the Delegate Meeting without voting rights …
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What are the tasks of the Business Office?

The SSPA Business Office executes decisions made by the Delegate Meeting and the Committee …
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What is SSPA’s mission?

It issues Association communications designed to promote dialogue and provide information about structured products and new structured product developments …
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What are the SSPA’s target groups?

The Association targets several groups, including journalists, the media, etc. …
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Does SSPA market structured products?

No. Product marketing is a matter for issuers themselves …
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Is the SSPA liable for structured products bought at an SSPA member bank?

No. We aim to convey information about and knowledge of structured products …
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Structure

The Association consists of three bodies, the Delegate Meeting, the Committee and the Business Office.

Delegate Meeting

The Association’s Committee consists of five members, chosen from among Association members. The Delegate Meeting elects members for a two-year term of office.

Committee

Each Association member nominates two delegates, who meet at regular, annual Delegate Meetings. The delegates elect the Committee, each delegate having one vote.

The Business Office

Staffed by the Committee, 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 Committee as needed on an ad-hoc basis.

Delegate Meeting

Two delegates per member

Committee

Five comittee members, President,

Vice-President, three members

Business Office

Executive Director

Assistant to the Executive Director

Public Relations

Project Manager

Legal & Regulation

Project Manager

Operations & Standards

Project Manager

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