Welcome to Votre intermédiaire financier privé suisse
For over 45 years in business, we firmly and constantly seek ways to maintain confidence and distinction in our range of corporate and personal banking. Whether you are a corporate or an individual, you matter to us. We want to ensure that your needs and preferences are always taken into account.
BankTrust's partners are top investment professionals with outstanding academic and professional backgrounds. Each partner has extensive experience at leading Swiss financial institutions and maintains a specific expertise in trading, portfolio management, risk analysis, compliance and taxes. Consequently, BankTrust is able to provide its clients with comprehensive and specialized investment solutions.
BankTrust dedicates a large portion of its revenues to ongoing employee training in order to meet the ever-evolving needs of its clients. New investment products, changing legislation worldwide and complex risk analysis tools are some of the variables that we expect our employees to understand in order to fulfil our clients’ objectives of wealth preservation and creation.
Our clients are wealthy individuals, family offices and private foundations with liquid assets in excess of CHF 5.000,000. They are coming from over 30 countries around the world. We share with them the same objective of wealth creation and preservation. Our global portfolios that are invested in all regions and currencies worldwide, combined with our extensive knowledge of sophisticated investment structures, allows us to advise clients from virtually any country in the world.
BankTrust has developed an extensive network of tax, legal and other specialists around the world that benefits its clients. Our custodian banks are leading Swiss banks. We work with the two largest publicly listed banks in Switzerland - UBS and Credit Suisse - as well as with the five largest private banks: Pictet & Cie, Julius Baer, Lombard Odier & Cie, Vontobel, Sarasin and others.
We structure products and investment solutions with the leading investment banks of this world in order to get the best pricing and execution for our clients and invest in mutual funds and hedge funds from around the world.
BankTrust maintains location in Geneva, Switzerland in order to better serve its clients. We regularly visit our clients in their home countries throughout the world. Please contact us if you want to organize a meeting with one of our partners for a personalized consultation
For experienced clients who are more familiar with the workings of the market and wish to steer the overall allocation of their portfolio directly, our Bank offers direct access to our advisors and experts. This allows you to discuss investment opportunities with our specialists but it is you who will take the final decision on your investments. With our Advisory mandate you get preferred access to our experts to discuss and analyse various investment opportunities. A team of advisors will be at your disposal to support you in your asset management choices and answer your questions. You can also request analyses of your portfolio to make it easier to understand and identify the risks involved.
The Advisory mandate also gives you direct access to our execution desk so that you are as close as possible to financial markets. This enables you to get direct prices, explore the market in depth across your investment universe, and access our financial research.
The Organisme d’Autorégulation des Gérants de patrimoine-OAR-G [Self-regulatory Organisation (SRO) of Private Asset Mangers] in Geneva is a non profit association registered with the Swiss Autorité fédérale de surveillance des marchés financiers- FINMA [Financial Market Supervisory Authority], to control and oversee compliance with the Swiss Anti Money Laundering Act [AMLA].
Money laundering is defined as the recycling in the official economy of the proceeds of criminal conduct: drug trafficking, prostitution, political corruption etc.
Investing in Switzerland any monies you have «forgotten» to declare to the tax authorities, however, is not considered as money laundering. For further information please visit the OAR-G website or the FINMA website.
WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN OUR ORGANIZATION AND THE OAR-G?
Article 2, line 3, figure c of the AMLA of 10 October 1997, stipulates that financial dealers are considered as «Financial Intermediaries-FI». All professionals with activities that could be exposed to the AMLA have to be affiliated to an SRO or directly to the FINMA in Bern. Our organization has the status of an FI, and is, therefore, affiliated to the OAR-G.
As well as the usual legal obligations of account management, all FIs have the extra responsibility of verifying the identity of their clients and the origin of the funds they receive. This is why our clients must complete the AMLA form for transactions of CHF 25,000 or more: the form need not be completed for lesser amounts.
HOW DOES BEING AFFILIATED TO THE OAR-G GUARANTEE THAT OUR ORGANIZATION IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE SWISS ANTI MONEY LAUNDERING ACT?
Our Company Director has attended the initial AMLA training seminar organised by the OAR-G. Furthermore, each autumn he attends a continuous training course which is obligatory for all OAR-G members.
Each year an inspector is mandated by the OAR-G to control the company's compliance with AMLA. If our organization is found not to be in compliance, a disciplinary procedure will be initiated against the company, which could lead the loss of the company's authorization to operate in Switzerland. Being a member of the OAR-G is the equivalent of having a State business licence. In France, numerous companies offer the same services without having such a licence.
DOES THE CONTROL OF OUR ORGANIZATION'S FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS OFFER FURTHER GUARANTEES OF RELIABILITY?
As well as the obligatory AMLA controls, our organization voluntarily opens its accounts for a further audit. As a Company the accounts are subject to a «contrôle restreint» or standard audit, which is made by auditors based in Geneva, an external auditing firm authorised by the Swiss Federal Audit Office. This means that all transactions recorded by the company are in conformity with Swiss accounting principles and the legislation presently in force.
CONCLUSION: IRREPROACHABLE MANAGEMENT CONTROLS
The way we manage the company is regularly controlled on two fronts:
- firstly, as an «FI», our organization is subject to an annual compliance control by an inspector mandated by OAR-G, a Self-regulatory Organisation recognized by the FINMA [Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority];
- secondly, each year the company's accounts are verified and audited by a State approved external auditor [Swiss Federal Audit Office approved].
It is very important to us that we provide our services in complete transparency.
Furthermore, the multiple controls which we voluntarily subject our business to, guarantee that our management is based on irreproachable integrity and honesty.
When you choose an investment mandate, you delegate the management of your portfolio to professionals and gain access to the investment policy devised by the Bank. As such, you fully benefit from our financial expertise while keeping a full overview of your portfolio and our investment themes within the legal framework set out by the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA).
Our range of mandates comprises traditional diversified management across all asset classes, mandates with a specific management approach and customised mandates to best respond to your requirements and demands.
We offer a made-to-measure approach to managing your wealth. We give you the tools you need to manage your assets while benefiting from a range of lending options and payment methods. Private and Personal banking with Votre intermédiaire financier privé suisse
We offer our Swiss-based company made-to-measure services, from payment flow management to international trade, with a complete range of financing options. Corporate Banking with Votre intermédiaire financier privé suisse
We has cooperation with multi-liquidity forex providers and large financial institutions via our subsidiary forex brokerage divison and subsidiary company for financial dealing operation.
We offers wealthy entrepreneurial families and high net worth individuals personalised financial services. These services primarily include investment advice and asset management. In addition to attractive individual products, the bank also offers funds from selected companies as well as modern financial instruments and alternative investments from selected providers.