Trust Services

geneva, switzerland

Switzerland is an ideal jurisdiction for trust services. It is home to one of the largest financial centers in the world, boasting a truly international clientele. It’s private banking services are legendary throughout the world.  Switzerland has a stable political system, and a highly respected economy with sound fiscal policy.

CISA Trust Company (Switzerland) SA

CISA was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1972, and provides bespoke trust services to an exclusive international clientele. The headquarters of the CISA group is in Geneva. CISA has affiliated trust companies in the BVI and South Dakota, and a marketing affiliate in Miami. 

CISA is classified as a Financial Institution under FinIA, and is subject to licensing and prudential supervision by OSIF under authority of FINMA.

Swiss Trust Services

CISA provides a full range of trust services in Switzerland, including reserved powers trusts, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, discretionary trusts, fixed interest trusts, etc. CISA also offers Private Trust Companies (PTCs) and Purpose Trusts to hold the shares of PTCs.

As Trustee, CISA is typically directed as to investments by an Investment Advisor. A Protector is typically appointed to exercise certain powers, including powers to appoint and remove the trustee, and the power to consent to certain trustee actions. CISA holds a wide range of assets in trust, including financial assets, real estate, operating companies, aircraft, yachts, etc.

Switzerland is a civil law jurisdiction, and does not have a body of domestic trust law. As a result, CISA will designate as the governing law of its trusts, the laws of a suitable common law trust jurisdiction, such as Bahamas, Cayman, or England. Switzerland ratified the Hague Convention on Trusts (1985), effective July 1, 2007, and recognizes foreign trusts. 

Swiss Company Management Services

CISA provides incorporation and company management services for Swiss companies and partnerships.  Switzerland has a favorable corporate regime for holding and trading companies, the Société Anonyme (SA) and the Société a Responsabilité Limitée (Sarl). In addition, Switzerland authorizes the limited partnership, Société en Commandite, which is fiscally transparent and has quasi-legal personality. 

Accounting Services

CISA provides book-keeping and accounting services for trusts and entities under administration.


CISA is registered with the IRS as a Financial Institution (FFI) for FATCA reporting purposes, and is registered with the Federal Tax Administration as a Reporting Financial Institution for CRS purposes.

Click here to see the partner States of Switzerland regarding CRS

Click here to see the FATCA agreement with the USA


Member of Association Romande des Intermédiaires Financiers (ARIF), a self-regulatory organization recognized by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) for the supervision of Financial Intermediaries

Swiss Association of Trust Companies (SATC)

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65 Rue du Rhône, 7th Floor
1204 Geneva, Switzerland

Phone number

+41 22 734 55 50

Mailing Address

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