Since 1972 banks and other financial institutions - foreign owned, but domiciled in Switzerland - are organised in the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland AFBS. It represent its members towards the Federal Administration, the Swiss Bankers' Association and other stakeholders of the financial centre. It informs its members on regulatory developments in financial market matters and fosters discussion among members.

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30.11.2018 “Accepting responsibility and Investing sustainably” was the heading of the 5th Conference of the European Associations of Foreign Banks, organised by the Liechtenstein Bankenverband, in cooperation with the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland, Association of Foreign Banks in Germany and the UK’s Association of Foreign Banks, respectively. EU-standard setters, bank representatives and start-ups discussed the importance and the future of sustainable finance. It is clearly a field with an enormous potential for development.

28.11.2018 AFBS News November 2018 now available, in four languages, as usual: DE EN FR IT

6.11.2018 Banque Heritage from Geneva and Sallfort Privatbank from Basel have agreed to merge as of the beginning of 2019: finews: DE EN

21.10.2018 Crédit Agricole next bank introduces Switzerland's first account aggregator. It is offered to clients who use multiple bank accounts and would like to have an overview of their finance in entirety: DE EN FR

16.10.2018 Was die DZ Privatbank in der Schweiz schaffen will: finews: LINK

27.9.2018 Following the retirement of Kristine Braden from the AFBS Board announced on 5.9., the Vice Chairmen, together with the Secretariat, agreed to allocate more time to the nomination process and leave the Presidency vacant for the moment. As an interim arrangement they will assure a smooth running of the Association. Also they will identify new candidates for the Board. 

25.9.2018 AFBS News September 2018 now available, in four languages, as usual: DE EN FR IT

5.9.2018 Kristine Braden steps back as president of the AFBS as she has been appointed chief of staff to Citi CEO Mike Corbat in New York. The AFBS Board thanks her for her support and contribution in the last years, congratulates her for the appointment and whishes her success in her future endeavours.

7.7.2018 Interview Qingdao TV with Martin Maurer at the China Wealth Forum: ZH and EN (unofficial computer tool translation)

5.7.2018 Kristine Braden on foreign banks in Switzerland, in finews: DE and EN

4.7.2018 Neues Präsidium beim Verband der Auslandsbanken in der Schweiz: MEHR

3.7.2018 La Banque Profil de Gestion reprend Dynagest. Un rachat qui s'inscrit dans la volonté de croissance: PLUS

26.6.2018 AFBS News June 2018 now available, in four languages, as usual: DE EN FR IT

22.6.2018 Interview mit Dr. Patrick Hunger, CEO Saxo Bank (Schweiz), über Digitalisierung, Heft Schweizer Bank Juli/August 2018: MEHR

20.6.2018 Wie FIDLEG und FINIG das gute alte KAG verändern: Raoul Würgler, AFBS, im Gespräch in B2B: DOC

31.5.2018 How to set up a Bank in Switzerland revised (by AFBS and rihmattorneysatlaw) now available DOC

29.5.2018 Crédit Agricole next bank: une banque en pleine mutation: allnews: PLUS et Bilan: PLUS

29.5.2018 CA Indosuez Wealth Management baut in Zürich aus: finews.ch: MEHR

25.5.2018 "En Suisse la proximité physique est clé" dit Fouad Bajjali, CEO IG Bank: PLUS

30.4.2018 AFBS News April 2018 now available, in four languages, as usual: DE EN FR IT

18.4.2018 As Franco Morra steps down from his role of CEO of HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA after accomplishing his mission of repositioning the bank, he will retire from the Chairmanship of the AFBS once a successor has been nominated.

16.4.2018 ODDO-BHF Asset Management, le groupe franco-allemand de gestion renforce sa présence en Suisse: PLUS

11.4.2018 46th Ordinary General Assembly with elections and discussions on the future of private wealth management in Switzerland and around cyber security: MORE

27.3.2018 AFBS Report of the Board 2017 and Chronology on the AFBS activities are now available: Report: DE FR EN and Chronology: EN

1.3.2018 AFBS News February 2018 now available, in four languages, as usual: DE EN FR IT

1.3.2018 AFBS Comments on the draft revision of the FINMA Circular Audit: DOC

1.2018 "We all are aware that fundamentals are changing" - interview of Sphere with Kristine Braden, Citi country officer Citibank NA Swiss Branches and vice-chairperson AFBS: DE and FR

9.12.2017 «Wir haben uns radikal verändert» - Interview Finanz und Wirtschaft mit Franco Morra, CEO der HSBC Private Bank (Schweiz) AG und Präsident AFBS: LINK

1.12.2017 «Nous avons tiré un trait sur le passé, notre nouvelle stratégie fonctionne» - Interview Le Temps avec Franco Morra, directeur général de l’HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA et président AFBS: LINK

3.12.2017 CA Indosuez célèbre la rénovation de ses bureaux à Genève avec des jeux de lumière: LINK

30.11.2017 AFBS News November 2017 now published, in four languages as usual: DE EN FR IT

20.11.2017 Les banques doivent se préparer maintenant pour faire face à la banque d'un monde nouveau où la technologie prime, explique Geoffroy Bazin, CEO, BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA, au Wealthtech Forum Geneva: l'agefi

8.11.2017 AFBS Conference: Perspectives for International Banking: representatives from the EU and Switzerland, from government, trade bodies and financial firms, meet in Geneva to discuss the consequences of closing borders for the international banking business: link

New website, new interactivity, new email addresses: we are now available on afbs.ch and NAME@afbs.ch or info@afbs.ch; please no longer use the @foreignbanks.ch addresses.

AFBS comments on the draft revision of the FINMA AML Ordinance: AFBS Comments

AFBS News September 2017 now published, in four languages as usual: DE EN FR IT