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March 8, 2011

Banking group Banco Santander, managed by the Botin family for 115 years, is to launch an initial public offering of its UK unit sometime in the second half of 2011, said the bank.

Banking group Banco Santander, managed by the Botin family for 115 years, is to launch an initial public offering of its UK unit sometime in the second half of 2011, said the bank.

Ana Patricia Botin, daughter of chairman Emilio Botin, is to oversee the IPO. She took over as chief executive of Santander UK in December last year, following the exit of former head Antonio Horta-Osorio.

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.
 

July 30, 2010

The first half results of Swiss private bank EFG International has dented the performance of a banking empire run by Greece’s richest man, Spiro Latsis.

The first half results of Swiss private bank EFG International has dented the performance of a banking empire run by Greece's richest man, Spiro Latsis.
 
Zurich-based EFG International revealed this week that it had to write down SFr860 million in an ill-timed purchase of a hedge fund group, Marble Bar Asset Management. The write-offs pushed the bank into a loss of around SFr800 million for the first half of 2010, compared with net profit of SFr20 million in the same period a year before.
 

March 17, 2010

Over lunch yesterday after an exclusive tour of the Rothschild family archive, Baron Eric de Rothschild, sixth-generation chairman of Rothschild Private Banking & Trust, admitted he does not like the word dynasty, writes Marc Smith

Over lunch yesterday, Baron Eric de Rothschild, sixth-generation chairman of Rothschild Private Banking & Trust, admitted he does not like the word dynasty, writes Marc Smith.

This is a surprising revelation since I had just spent the best part of two hours being shown around the Rothschild archive at their London headquarters, which details over 200 years of his family's history.

February 17, 2010

Rothschild might have broken with tradition by appointing a non-family CEO for the first time in its history, but the new chief has several factors in his favour as he takes the helm of one of the world’s leading investment banks, writes Paul Golden

Few businesses can hold a candle to Rothschild when it comes to keeping it in the family, writes Paul Golden.

Since the five sons of Mayer Amschel Rothschild started to build their businesses in Frankfurt, London, Paris, Vienna and Naples, successive generations have contributed to a business that has become as synonymous with family as almost any other.

February 10, 2010

Rothschild will appoint a non-family chief executive for the first time in its 212-year history as the banking group restructures its management.

Rothschild will appoint a non-family chief executive for the first time in its 212-year history as the banking group restructures its management.

Nigel Higgins, who has been with the family business for 27 years and co-headed the firm since 2000, will take over from seventh-generation David de Rothschild in March as head of the family holding company. 

May 1, 2004

Switzerland has one of the most favourable tax regimes of anywhere else in the world –­ for both individuals and corporations. A good place to sit back and enjoy a fine cigar explains Dieter Weber and Rudolf Sigg

Dieter Weber and Rudolf Sigg are partners of Tax Partner AG.

Switzerland has one of the most favourable tax regimes of anywhere else in the world –­ for both individuals and corporations. A good place to sit back and enjoy a fine cigar explains Dieter Weber and Rudolf Sigg

As confirmed in recent polls, Switzerland has a very high standard of living in the international context. Switzerland also offers a range of special and favourable tax rules for both individuals and corporations. This is all part of the special Swiss lifestyle. But what about cigars?

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