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April 9, 2010

Raymond J Baer, founding family member and chairman of Julius Baer Group Ltd, launched an impassioned defence of Switzerland as a financial centre at the company’s AGM yesterday, but predicted that lessons learned by investors from the financial crisis would not be remembered in the future.

Raymond J Baer (pictured), founding family member and chairman of Julius Baer Group Ltd, launched an impassioned defence of Switzerland as a financial centre at the company's AGM yesterday, but predicted that lessons learned by investors from the financial crisis would not be remembered in the future.

March 26, 2009

If you believe the OECD’s rhetoric, tax havens are about to collapse like a house of cards before the onslaught of a G20 determined to retrieve untold trillions of lost revenue. However, the death of tax-efficient jurisdictions and their historic rules on confidentiality is greatly exaggerated.

If you believe the OECD's rhetoric, tax havens are about to collapse like a house of cards before the onslaught of a G20 determined to retrieve untold trillions of lost revenue. After a string of European states including Austria, Luxembourg, Andorra, Liechtenstein and Switzerland agreed to exchange information more freely, OECD director-general Angel Gurria, described this as "an important moment in the history of international tax cooperation."

November 10, 2008

As part of its probe into member state tax policies, the OECD is asking wealthy individuals what they think of taxation.

As part of its probe into member state tax policies, the OECD is asking wealthy individuals what they think of taxation.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is trying to ascertain what the wealthy and other interested parties think about tax issues in a bid to put together a series of "best practice" tax policies for high net worth individuals.

July 1, 2004

As the European savings directive alters wealth management strategy in family offices, canny Swiss banks are introducing new products to keep a firm grip on their money, says Bob Reynolds

Bob Reynolds is consultant editor of Offshore Red.

As the European savings directive alters wealth management strategy in family offices, canny Swiss banks are introducing new products to keep a firm grip on their money, says Bob Reynolds

For Switzerland's wealth management industry, the loopholes could generate a healthy windfall. With wealthy customers shifting their savings into specialised financial products, banks should be in a position to harvest a new range of management fees.

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