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From Regions / Europe / Switzerland January 23, 2015

Swiss stagger under weight of franc fallout

The profitability of Swiss private banks will be hit by the SNB’s withdrawal of the currency ceiling and could speed up the shift of some operations overseas 

Jon Needham, Societe Generale Private Banking Hambros
From Regions / Europe / Switzerland August 28, 2014

Clients demand central place in new era of wealth management

Clients’ demands have changed, and private banks are being forced to adapt their business models as a result. But will global players or boutiques be the winners in this new era of wealth management, and what does this mean for the Swiss?

From Regions / Europe / Switzerland March 24, 2014

Swiss banks reeling as US tax deal begins to bite

Swiss banks are seeing their reputations take a battering as they face up to US charges of tax evasion, yet they have no option but to comply with the authorities

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From Regions / Europe / Switzerland November 29, 2013

Swiss must use crisis to forge new models

Swiss private banks face problems which in combination may prove fatal for some, but those that adapt can enjoy a bright future

Eric Syz, Banque SYZ & CO SA
From Regions / Europe / Switzerland November 28, 2013

Pioneering Banque Syz welcomes winds of change

Eric Syz, who helped found Banque Syz along asset management lines rather than the more traditional secrecy-led model, welcomes the changes running through Swiss private banking and plays down rumours of a possible sale

From Regions / Europe / Switzerland July 3, 2013

Swiss moves over bank secrecy could go global

Switzerland’s suspension of secrecy laws suggests global cooperation over tax strategy is possible, but wealth managers need to raise their game if they are to guide clients through this new world

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From Regions / Europe / Switzerland February 27, 2013

Structural shifts imply Swiss focus is overseas

Pictet and Lombard Odier’s new structures will limit partners’ liabilities, but also boost their international ambitions 

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From Regions / Europe / Switzerland September 25, 2012

Evolution key to ending Swiss spell in purgatory

Ongoing, and very public, scandals highlight the need for Swiss private banking to re-invent itself

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From Regions / Europe / Switzerland February 28, 2012

Switzerland learns to adapt to increased regulation

Increasing levels of regulation, especially from the US, are forcing the Swiss to make significant adjustments to preserve their status as a leading financial centre

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From Regions / Europe / Switzerland January 30, 2012

Swiss scandals could signal end of an era

The scandal surrounding the Hildebrands may mark a watershed in the relationship between Swiss bankers and politicians

Roosevelt Skerrit became the world's youngest head of state when he took up the position of prime minister of Dominica in 2004. He has since presided over a programme of reconstruction of storm-ravaged housing and infrastructure and revitalising the country's tourism industry. Moreover, his stewardship of the geothermal energy project has put Dominica on the road to clean energy self-sufficiency

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