Swiss Bank UBS and Ukrainian Tax Compliance

We have been informed by the Swiss Bank “UBS” that there has been an internal review of bank accounts which are ultimately owned by Ukrainian Tax Residents. These guidelines apply to both existing and new clients of the bank, and are as follows:

Natural Person Bank Accounts

  • Clients will need to provide a self declaration certificate confirming that they are tax compliant in Ukraine.
  • In cases where the bank account is anonymous (i.e. a numbered account), or if UBS has any reason to suspect that the client is not fulfilling his or her tax duty, then confirmation by a pre-approved tax advisor (see list below) that the client is tax compliant will be required.

Non Personal Bank Accounts (SPVs, Trusts etc.)

  • Clients will need confirmation by a pre-approved tax advisor (see list below) that they are tax compliant.

Next Steps

This information will be communicated to clients of UBS during the months of June and July. Clients will be given until the end of the year to provide the requested documents. If they fail to do so, the bank will exit the relationship.

Wider Implications

As the largest bank in Switzerland, UBS is often the first to make such decisions and in our experience, it does not take long for other banks to follow suit. We also believe that other banking jurisdictions will soon take the same approach.

If you wish to talk about this in more detail, please feel free to contact us:

Robert Edwards
Managing Partner
+41 78 669 66 76

Maria Alexandrova
Junior Partner
+41 76 307 15 29

Pre-Approved List

Law Firms

Baker & Mckenzie
CMS Cameron Mckenna
DLA Piper
Sayenko Kharenko
Vasil Kisil & Partners
WTS Tax Legal Consulting/ KM Partners

Audit Firms

Baker Tilly
Ernst & Young
Grant Thornton

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