The number one for capital investment in Europe

For many experts, Liechtenstein is the most attractive financial location in Europe, even ahead of Switzerland.

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  1. Optimale politische- und wirtschaftliche Rahmenbedingungen
  2. Jahrzehntelange Tradition im Bereich der Vermögensverwaltung
  3. Streng reguliert durch die Finanzmarktaufsicht

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Liechtenstein as a financial centre

Like Switzerland, the Principality is neither part of the EU nor has it signed the ESM Treaty (European Stability Mechanism) – but unlike Switzerland, Liechtenstein is a member of the EEA.

These unique framework conditions offer exclusive advantages to capital investors:

AAA rating without sovereign debt

The Principality of Liechtenstein was once again awarded the top rating AAA – and with a stable outlook. Above all, the strong economy and the good financial situation of the public budgets were responsible for the top rating.

High security through strong regulation

The Principality is no longer the tax haven of decades past, even if this is still anchored in the minds of many investors. The Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority ensures client protection, stability and the avoidance of abuses.

EEA advantages without EU membership 

Liechtenstein can benefit from the advantages of the EU without having to bear the liability disadvantages of the ESM. Through access to the European single market, Liechtenstein’s banks and insurance companies also have full freedom to provide services in all EEA states.

Stable framework conditions

The combination of direct democracy with the constitutional hereditary monarchy leads to a solid social, legal and economic order, to a high level of security within the country, and to strongly developed civil rights and liberties.

Economic area with Switzerland

The Swiss franc has always been considered a stable currency, mainly thanks to well thought-out measures on the part of Switzerland. These framework conditions of the neighbouring country have a stabilising effect for the principality through the common currency area.

High equity ratios

With an average core capital ratio of 17 %, Liechtenstein banks hold more than twice the funds required by Basel III. The high capital adequacy ratios of Liechtenstein banks meant that even during the financial crisis, no bank had to seek support from the state.

Client assets under management grow steadily

Thanks to the optimal framework conditions and the outstanding investment expertise, client assets under management in the Principality of Liechtenstein have been constantly increasing for years.

In 2021, client assets under management amounted to a proud CHF 424.4 billion.

Liechtenstein profile

  • Population: 38,747
  • Area: 160km²
  • Capital: Vaduz
  • Form of government: constitutional hereditary monarchy
  • Head of state: Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein
  • Currency: Swiss franc

Open your own custody account outside the EU

Do you want to take advantage of the benefits of the Liechtenstein financial center and maintain a professionally managed securities account outside the EU? With a minimum investment of €50,000, we make it possible for you to do just that.

Your assets are held at the Liechtensteinische Landesbank – the most traditional financial institution in the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Like most Liechtenstein banks, the LLB is very concerned to have sufficient high-quality equity capital. Equity capital consists exclusively of hard core capital, which gives the LLB Group a high degree of financial stability and security. The equity capital of around CHF 1.9 billion far exceeds the legal requirements.

LLB

About the Liechtensteinische Landesbank:

  • Founded in 1861 as the first bank in Liechtenstein.
  • Listed on the stock exchange since 1993, the main shareholder is the Principality of Liechtenstein with 57.5 %.
  • Balance sheet total of CHF 23.5 billion (as at 31.12.2020)

Would you like to learn more about investing in Liechtenstein?