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.
29.04.2021 The AFBS News April 2021 is now available: EN
The AFBS News February 2021 is now available:
Selbstregulierung in der Schweiz: Raoul Würgler in B2B:
The Swiss government and financial sector trade associations launch the website for the Swiss Financial Centre:
The AFBS News November 2020 is now available:
The AFBS News September 2020 is now available:
AFBS Comments: the AFBS is opposed to PostFinance being authorised for lending and mortgage business:
The AFBS welcomes the initiative to reform withholding tax but criticises the excessive complexity of the proposal:
4.4.2020 The Key Economic Figures 2019 of the Foreign Banks are available here: LINK (the file is updated whenever new data is submitted).
AFBS News June 2020 now available:
AFBS News April 2020 now available:
AFBS News: COVID-19: Malware warning FOPH:
14.3.2020 Based upon recommendations by the Federal Council, all AFBS Events are CANCELLED until further notice.
DAC6 pour le conseiller suisse de contribuables français: Hugues Letellier in ExpertFocus 2020/3:
AFBS News February 2020 now available:
Neubesetzung der Geschäftsstelle ab dem 1. Januar 2020:
Auslandsbank setzt auf Schweizer IT Know How für Cyber Security: finews:
Growth in financial sector employment particularly strong among non-banking services providers, explains Martin Maurer, CEO AFBS:
15.7.2019 The AFBS insists on the importance to maintain paper filing for MROS suspicious activity reports: AFBS Comments: DOC
4.7.2019 "For Italians, Switzerland is still the most important booking center to diversify their assets out of their country" states U. Trabaldo-Togna, CEO, PKB Privatbank SA in an interview with finews: DE EN .
The AFBS welcomes the revision of the Bank Law on depositor protection and segregation of intermediated securites as they enhance stability without introducing excessive complexity: depositor protection:
and intermediated securities:
6.6.2019 The AFBS welcomes the revision of the Law on Automatic Exchange of Information as this aligns the Swiss framework to international standards: DOC
5.6.2019 Conferences on the 47
Ordinary General Assembly the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland panellists agreed that thanks to a deep cluster of knowledge and experience in Switzerland sustainable finance can become an USP for the Swiss financial centre:
Ordinary General Assembly
The long-standing Secretary General Martin Maurer will retire at the end of this year. The Board nominates Raoul Würgler, currently Deputy Secretary General, to succeed him as of January 2020. Furthermore, the General Assembly of the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland elects six new Board Members and re-elects two auditors. It acknowledges the nomination of Heinrich Henckel as Chairman and Alexander Classen as second Vice-Chairman. Adrian Nösberger remains first Vice-Chairman. The Media Release is available here:
4.6.2019 Heinrich Henckel, LGT (Schweiz) AG, über Werte und Mitarbeiterkompensation: finews: DE
23.5.2019 The AFBS Board nominates three new Board Members: Alex Classen, CEO, HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA, Geneva; Claudio de Sanctis, CEO, Deutsche Bank (Switzerland) Ltd., Zürich; Anne Marion-Bouchacourt, Chief Country Officer Société Générale Switzerland, Chairman SGPrivate Banking Switzerland, CEO SGCIB Swiss Branch, Geneva and Zürich. They will be proposed for election on the forthcoming 47th Ordinary General Assembly on 5 June 2019 in Geneva, together with the previously nominated Peter Gabriele, General Manager, J.P.Morgan (Suisse) SA, Geneva; Alfonso Gómez, CEO, BBVA (Suiza) SA, Zürich; Monique Vialatou, CEO und Country Manager, BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA, Geneva.
6.2.2019 AFBS Comments on the draft Ordinances on financial services and financial institutes. The AFBS asks for equal treatment of foreign- and Swiss-owned financial intermediaries when offering cross-border services from abroad: DOC
The AFBS Board nominates Heinrich Henckel, LGT Bank (Switzerland) Ltd, as president of the Association:
Les banques étrangères en Suisse - l'ouverture du pays au monde: Raoul Würgler in Pont de Mire N° 75 édition spéciale:
30.11.2018 “Accepting responsibility and Investing sustainably” was the heading of the 5 th 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.
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
Was die DZ Privatbank in der Schweiz schaffen will: finews:
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.
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.
Neues Präsidium beim Verband der Auslandsbanken in der Schweiz:
La Banque Profil de Gestion reprend Dynagest. Un rachat qui s'inscrit dans la volonté de croissance:
Interview mit Dr. Patrick Hunger, CEO Saxo Bank (Schweiz), über Digitalisierung, Heft Schweizer Bank Juli/August 2018:
Wie FIDLEG und FINIG das gute alte KAG verändern: Raoul Würgler, AFBS, im Gespräch in B2B:
How to set up a Bank in Switzerland revised (by AFBS and rihmattorneysatlaw) now available
CA Indosuez Wealth Management baut in Zürich aus: finews.ch:
"En Suisse la proximité physique est clé" dit Fouad Bajjali, CEO IG Bank:
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.
ODDO-BHF Asset Management, le groupe franco-allemand de gestion renforce sa présence en Suisse:
46th Ordinary General Assembly with elections and discussions on the future of private wealth management in Switzerland and around cyber security:
1.3.2018 AFBS Comments on the draft revision of the FINMA Circular Audit: DOC
«Wir haben uns radikal verändert» - Interview Finanz und Wirtschaft mit Franco Morra, CEO der HSBC Private Bank (Schweiz) AG und Präsident AFBS:
«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:
3.12.2017 CA Indosuez célèbre la rénovation de ses bureaux à Genève avec des jeux de lumière: LINK
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:
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:
AFBS comments on the draft revision of the FINMA AML Ordinance: