SSPA Swiss Structured Products Association was established on April 4, 2006, to represent without engaging in commercial activities of its own the shared interests of the most important members of the structured products industry.
SSPA represents the entire length of the output chain from issuers to through buy-side to markets and partners. 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.
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.
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.
Georg von Wattenwyl
Global Head of Advisory & Distribution
Vontobel Investment Banking
Bank Vontobel AG
“ Structured products deserve objective assessment. I support the necessary opinion-forming process with utter conviction.”
Valentin Vonder Mühll
Global Head of Derivatives Trading
Banque Pictet & Cie SA
“ Undoubtedly structured products can create added value in the implementation of investment ideas. With the association, I am committed to the best possible conditions allowing the industry to develop and to further provide thrilling innovations.”
Co-Head Equity Derivatives Distribution
& Head Derivatives Sales Trading Switzerland
“ 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.”
Head Structured Flow Switzerland
“ 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.”
Head of Investment & Banking Solutions
Leonteq Securities AG
“ The financial industry is in a rapidly changing environment. As a member of the Committee, it is my task to represent the interests of the Structured Product Industry, to define market standards and to foster a lively exchange between the various issuers, banks and service providers.”
Global Head of Structured Products and OTC Derivatives
CA Indosuez Wealth Management
“ The mission of the buy-side is to increase structured products penetration in portfolios thanks to our capacity to demonstrate diversification and performance brought by these vehicules of an investment strategy. ”
Executive Director / Public Relations
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.”
Director Operations & Standards
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.”
Director Legal & Regulation
Partner Homburger AG
Tel. +41 43 534 97 72
What is SSPA’s purpose?
What is the road to Association membership?
How is the Association structured?
What are the tasks of the Business Office?
What is SSPA’s mission?
What are the SSPA’s target groups?
The Association consists of three bodies, the Delegate Meeting, the Committee and the Business Office.
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.
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.
Legal & Regulation
Operations & Standards