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Shelby Du Pasquier, Lenz & Staehelin

HSBC claims Swiss client list slashed since 2007

HSBC admits that it suffered from “control failures” in the past, but insists it has taken steps to clean up its act and its current client base

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‘Perfect story’ scuppers Swiss brand clean-up

Switzerland’s private banks have been trying to remodel themselves but the HSBC affair is the latest in a series of setbacks proving they still have a long way to go

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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

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?

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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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

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

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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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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Evolution key to ending Swiss spell in purgatory

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

Global Private Banking Awards 2022 Highlights

More than 120 banks from 50 countries around the world entered this year’s annual global private banking awards. 19 of those entrants have won more than one award. Of these, six institutions - including Citi Private Bank, BTG Pactual, Erste Private Banking, HSBC Private Banking, Northern Trust, Itaú Private Bank – gained the top position in three categories each. Video highlights from the 2022 Global Private Banking Awards.

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