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March 18, 2013

It may be the world's largest watchmaker with revenues of CHF8.1 billion last year (€6.7 billion), but you can't accuse Swatch Group of losing touch with its roots.

It may be the world's largest watchmaker with revenues of CHF8.1 billion last year (€6.7 billion), but you can't accuse Swatch Group of losing touch with its roots.

The family business is very proud of its heritage – indeed, it owes its success to the high-quality clockwork synonymous with the Alpine nation.

So, in a drive to celebrate all things Swiss as part of its 30th birthday celebrations, Swatch has published a Swiss-German version of its 220-page annual report – who says accountancy can't be fun?

March 29, 2012

How much do family offices pay? Few seem to know, but through an extensive survey of the sector in the UK and Switzerland, CampdenFO in association with the executive search firm Sulger Buel & Company reveals just how much offices are compensating their top staff. The numbers make fascinating reading.

If family offices are considered part of the financial services industry, then how much they are paying their senior managers is arguably the least transparent of the entire sector. That of course suits family offices, which for the most part guard their confidentiality more than most other areas of the financial services sector. But things are opening up.

December 30, 2011

Swiss government rules restricting foreigners from buying properties in the country are not deterring wealthy Europeans, according to Alpine Homes.

Swiss government rules restricting foreigners from buying properties in the country are not deterring wealthy Europeans, according to Alpine Homes.

Jeremy Rollason, managing director of the property company, which is Savills’ agent for Switzerland and the Alps, said Switzerland remains the most popular European country for ski properties among Europe's ultra-high net worth individuals, with buyers seeing Swiss property as a safe investment.

August 25, 2011

Most ultra-high net worth individuals and members of family businesses and offices are unlikely to be affected by the new tax agreement between the UK and Switzerland, which aims to tackle offshore tax evasion, despite reports to the contrary, according to a top London lawyer. 

Most ultra-high net worth individuals and members of family businesses and offices are unlikely to be affected by the new tax agreement between the UK and Switzerland, which aims to tackle offshore tax evasion, despite reports to the contrary, according to a top London lawyer.

March 16, 2011

Spas go back thousands of years – today they are more popular than ever. Claire Adler looks at some of the most exclusive ones in Europe

Roman emperors liked spas. Emperor Marcus Agrippa is credited with building the first thermae, or hot baths, around 25BC. Not to be overshadowed, emperors Nero, Titus and Constantine continuing the theme, building spas to gain favour with their citizens and as memorials to their rule.

March 2, 2011

Swiss bank UBS has made a number of appointments to its private banking business in what looks to be an effort on its part to improve relations with the US. The private banking business has also for the first time appointed a chief investment officer.

Swiss bank UBS has made a number of appointments to its private banking business in what looks to be an effort on its part to improve relations with the US. The private banking business has also for the first time appointed a chief investment officer.

February 2, 2011

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche announced on 3 February that its full-year net profits rose by 11% year-on-year, despite putting into place a cost saving restructuring program.

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche announced on 3 February that its full-year net profits rose by 11% year-on-year, despite putting into place a cost saving restructuring program.

In a statement, the family-controlled company said that its profits increased in 2010 to 8.67 billion Swiss francs (€6.71 billion), from 7.78 billion francs the year before. However, its sales for the year reduced by 3%, attributed to the poor performance of its flu drug Tamiflu.

December 14, 2010

Philippe Gaydoul, grandson of Swiss supermarket entrepreneur, Karl Schweri, is one of three prominent financiers linked to the launch of a new bank in Switzerland.

Philippe Gaydoul, grandson of Swiss supermarket entrepreneur, Karl Schweri, is one of three prominent financiers linked to the launch of a new bank in Switzerland.
 
Reports in the Swiss media say Gaydoul has teamed up with Marcel Rohner, the controversial former chief executive of UBS, and Thomas Matter, the former boss of local bank Swissfirst.
 
Gaydoul will take a 9.5% stake in the new venture, which has yet to be named.
 

September 6, 2010

Residential property deals of more than $20 million remain buoyant, but family offices are steering clear of commercial real estate reports David Bain.

When one of France's wealthiest families wanted to buy a new property in Europe, without hesitation they chose London. After a few months they finally settled upon a £30 million townhouse in Kensington with 10 bedrooms and nearly as many reception rooms. Charles McDowell, who runs his own property consultancy putting deals like the above together, says big deals have been little affected by the turmoil of the last few years, and if anything have been stronger than ever in the last few months.

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