Swiss Finance: Capital Markets, Banking, and the Swiss Value Chain

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Wiley, Oct 1, 2012 - Business & Economics - 408 pages
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A timely guide to the complex financial markets and bankingsecrecy of Switzerland

Since 1934, when Switzerland's federal bank secrecy law waspassed, the line between myth and reality with regard to Swissbanking has been blurred. But over the past decade, there have beendramatic changes in the pressures brought to bear on all facets ofthe Swiss financial markets and banking sector. Recent developmentsand agreements have potentially weakened Swiss banking secrecy, andwith that said, it is time for a book that lays out the history ofSwiss bank secrecy and puts these twenty-first century changes inperspective.

Swiss Finance is a thorough overview of the Swissfinancial markets and the banking secrecy this country has becomeknown for. It covers key topics to practitioners both abroad and inthe United States involved in Swiss banking and the Swiss financialmarkets.

  • Discusses what the Euro-debt crisis may mean for the role ofSwitzerland as a financial powerhouse
  • Reveals how new secrecy agreements with the United States andGermany will impact private wealth management
  • Addresses Asian competition for wealth management and taxhavens

Switzerland is one of the largest financial markets in the worldand a global power in private wealth administration. Whether you'rea private wealth advisor, Swiss or U.S. banker, or other financepractitioner involved in the Swiss market, this guide is essentialreading if you intend on achieving future success in thisarena.

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About the author (2012)

Dr. Henri B. Meier is a cofounder of HBM BioVentures AG,HBM Partners AG, BioMedInvest AG, and BioMedCredit AG, which areamong the global leaders in biotech venture capital firms. For thepast twelve years, since his retirement from Roche Holdings, he hasbeen active in helping and advising young entrepreneurs start newcompanies and foundations. Over the course of his distinguishedcareer, he has held positions as an economist and financialanalyst, as well as investment officer, at both InternationalFinance Corporation and the World Bank in Washington, D.C.; amember of the Executive Committee of Handelsbank NationalWestminster (Zurich); and CFO, member of the Roche Group ExecutiveCommittee, and member of Roche's Board of Directors. Among Meier'smany awards during this period were multiple recognitions asSwitzerland's top CFO and recipient of the European CFO ExcellenceAward in 1999. He holds a master of economics and businessadministration degree and PhD from the St. Gallen School ofEconomics, Switzerland.

Dr. John E. Marthinsen is Professor of Economics andInternational Business at Babson College, where he holds theDistinguished Chair in Swiss Economics of the Glavin Center forGlobal Entrepreneurial Leadership. He has extensive consultingexperience, working for both domestic and international companies,as well as the U.S. government. Marthinsen has served on the UnitedNations Association's Economic Policy Council and lectured at theUniversities of Bern and Basel in Switzerland and the University ofNürnberg, Germany. From 2000 to 2009, he served as a member ofthe Board of Directors of Givaudan SA, a Swiss-based flavors andfragrances company. Among his most recent books are Risk Takers:Uses and Abuses of Financial Derivatives, Second Edition andManaging in a Global Economy: Demystifying InternationalMacroeconomics.

Dr. Pascal A. Gantenbein is the Henri B. Meier Professorof Financial Management at the University of Basel's Center ofEconomic Sciences (WWZ). He also acts as a consultant in the fieldsof real estate portfolio management, asset management, and realestate institutions. Gantenbein has been a visiting professor withseveral academic institutions worldwide and was formerly assistantprofessor of business administration and finance at the SwissInstitute for Banking and Finance at the University of St. Gallen.He also received his master's degree and PhD from the University ofSt. Gallen.

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