Switzerland’s private banks are emerging from a dark period in their history. The weight of regulatory change over the past ten years has proved too big a burden for some. And structural change in the industry has caused others to go out of business or be absorbed by competitors.
Analyzing the performances of 85 of Switzerland’s 114 private banks produces a bleak picture. Almost every key performance indicator (KPI) deteriorated in 2016 – sometimes significantly. The vast majority of banks have not taken the action needed to reverse their decline.
Swiss private banks have been on the defensive for a decade. We think the time has come to go on offense through commercially-driven transformation. By focusing on their strengths, and partnering for their non-core activities, Swiss private banks have a real opportunity to maximize value and grow again.