Mon Sep 29, 2008

Amidst the soaring mountain ranges of Switzerland and within its tidy, prosperous cities lies one of the key financial centres of the world where finance accounts for a crucial 15% of the country’s GDP. This small nation of 7.5 million people, located in the heart of Europe, hosts one of the oldest, largest and most international private banking businesses with a global reputation for discretion and sophistication. When alternative investing was still an exotic concept for other financial centres, Swiss private bankers proved to be early pioneers in steering many of their international clients towards a global menu of hedge fund managers.

Given Switzerland’s relatively decentralised canton structure, each with its competing tax advantages, it’s not surprising to find that the domestic hedge fund industry is concentrated in three clusters around the country. The two largest are Geneva, Nyon and Lausanne in French-speaking Switzerland and Zurich, Pfaffikon...

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H


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