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About FAB Switzerland

About FAB Switzerland

Our Bank is the leading bank in the Middle East and one of the safest banks in the world. Our roots in Abu Dhabi give us a deep understanding of the dynamics of the Arab region and its connection to the world’s markets. And we aim to become the number one bank for anyone who wants to do business along the region.

FAB Private Bank (Suisse) SA offers wealth management solutions to high net-worth individuals.

We are a wholly owned Swiss subsidiary of First Abu Dhabi bank, which is the Emirate’s flagship financial institution and one of the world’s 50 safest banks, and the safest bank in the Middle East.

The combination of being an independent well capitalized Swiss bank, and a member of the First Abu Dhabi Bank Group, offers our clients a superior level of financial strength combined with long established and world leading Swiss expertise in Private Banking.

Depositor Protection

Are my deposits protected under the deposit insurance esisuisse? Yes, like any bank and any securities firm in Switzerland, FAB Private Bank (Suisse) SA  is required to sign the Self-regulation “Agreement between esisuisse and its members”. This means clients’ deposits are protected up to a maximum of CHF 100,000 per client. Medium-term notes held in the name of the bearer at the issuing bank are also considered deposits. Depositor protection in Switzerland is provided by esisuisse, and the depositor protection system is explained in detail at


FinSA – Swiss Financial Services Act

FinSA Brochure

The Bank has available a brochure on FinSA covering:

  • An introduction to FinSA
  • An Introduction to FAB
  • Contact and Licence Information
  • Details on the Financial Services Provided by FAB
  • Suitability and Appropriateness Assessment
  • Client Classification and ability to opt-out / opt-in
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Complaints Handling and Ombudsman

The brochure can be downloaded here.

Brochure on Risks Involved in Trading Financial Instruments

The Swiss Bankers Association has published a brochure “Risks Involved in Trading Financial Instruments”, and this can be downloaded here.

Best Execution

Best execution refers to the measures taken by the Bank to obtain the best possible result for its clients on a consistent basis when executing transactions on their behalf (including use of third-party financial institutions to execute transactions).

The Bank uses its judgment, experience and any information available at the time to determine the relative importance of the relevant execution factors and criteria.

The factors considered include price, costs (including compensation of third parties), speed of execution, likelihood of execution and settlement (including taking account of counterparty risk), size of the trade, nature of the transaction and any other relevant order execution considerations.

In liquid markets the key factors are generally price and cost. In illiquid markets the speed of execution becomes more relevant, and in other cases likelihood of execution and market impact may become more important.

The Bank has implemented a thorough governance framework including a comprehensive best execution policy, which gives further details on the factors taken into account and the selection of brokers/counterparties.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is FinSA ?

FinSA is a Swiss law that contains rules for offering financial services and financial instruments, improving client protection and helps create uniform competitive conditions for financial intermediaries. FinSA has similarities to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive Regulation (MiFID II) introduced for European market participants in 2017.

What are the objectives of FinSA?

The objectives of the law are:

  • To strengthen investor protection
  • To strengthen Switzerland as a financial centre
  • To create comparable conditions for financial service providers
  • To introduce cross-sectoral product documentation rules when offering financial instruments

How does this affect clients ?

FAB as a financial service provider is required by law to classify all of its clients into three segments: retail clients, professional clients and institutional clients. The law sets out a different level of client protection, whereby the retail client receives the most comprehensive level of protection. Depending on the different levels of protection the extent of information and documentation duties of the financial service providers varies. Clients can request a change in their classification if they meet the necessary requirements.

Which financial services are in scope?

FinSA defines the following financial services:

  • Acquisition and disposal of financial instruments, which is deemed to be any activity addressed directly at certain clients that is specifically aimed at the acquisition or disposal of a financial instrument
  • Receipt and transmission of orders in relation to financial instruments
  • Administration of financial instruments (portfolio management)
  • Provision of personal recommendations on transactions with financial instruments (investment advice)
  • Granting of loans for transactions with financial instruments

What financial instruments are in scope?

The FinSA definition of financial instruments includes but is not limited to:

  • Equity securities
  • Debt instruments
  • Units/shares in collective investment schemes (funds)
  • Structured products
  • Derivatives
  • Deposits

What requirements does FinSA set out for the provision of a financial service?

FinSA contains rules to protect clients when they were provided with financial services. The main rules are:

  • Ensuring staff knowledge and training
  • Providing information on financial service providers
  • Providing information about risks and costs associated with financial services and instruments
  • Conducting appropriateness and suitability assessments
  • Ensuring documentation and rendering of account
  • Ensuring transparency and care in client orders (including best execution)
  • Avoiding conflicts of interest
  • Adhering to product documentation rules for offerings and issuance of financial instruments

About First Gulf Bank

About FAB Group

As the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest financial institutions, we offer an extensive range of tailor-made solutions, products and services.

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+41 (0) 22 707 50 00



+41 (0)22 707 50 10

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