Mirabaud & Cie

Mirabaud inaugurates its new headquarters in Geneva and targets growth

    Geneva (ots) - During the official opening of its new headquarters, Mirabaud commented on the subject of business development. Despite the difficult market conditions and a strong Swiss franc, for 31.12.08 the Bank is aiming to maintain its assets under management at the end-2007 level of CHF 25bn (EUR 15,6 bn), and expects its workforce to exceed 500 employees. Furthermore, an additional senior management structure is to be put in place to provide a platform for future growth. 2009 will be a year of reflection on new management structures. This initiative will be led by Antonio Palma, who will become a Managing Partner of Mirabaud & Cie, banquiers privés on 1 January 2010.

    Several years of steady growth

    For a number of years now, Mirabaud has achieved annual growth of more than 10% in terms of both client assets and the size of its workforce. "It has been, and is possible to deliver this level of growth only with a coherent strategy and clear objectives in place. We want to grow by 10-12% each year, which equates to a doubling of client assets every 6-7 years. This should take us to CHF 50bn (EUR 31,2 bn) in 2015", stated Thierry Fauchier-Magnan, Managing Partner and Chairman of Mirabaud's Executive Committee.

    Results for the first half of 2008

    As at 31 December 2007, Mirabaud had assets under management of CHF 25 billion (EUR 15,6 bn), a 13.5% increase year-on-year. The Bank's client base comprises both private (80%) and institutional (20%) clients. At the end of 2007, the workforce numbered 460 (+12%).

    At the end of the first half of 2008, assets under management stood at CHF 24bn (EUR 15 bn)., despite the difficult market environment and strong Swiss franc, while net new money topped CHF 1bn (EUR 0,6 bn). Taking into account internal growth indicators, and given that the markets now seem to be stabilising, Mirabaud expects AUM to reach CHF 25bn (EUR 15,6 bn) again in December.

    The workforce currently numbers 482 (+5% versus January 2008) and is likely to exceed 500 before year end.

    New management structures to support growth

    The Managing Partners of Mirabaud & Cie, banquiers privés constantly monitor the need for change as the business develops. "It goes without saying that the composition and modus operandi of the Managing Partners must be evaluated on an ongoing basis", commented Yves Mirabaud, Managing Partner. "If we want to continue developing the business, we must regularly reflect on whether our management structures can achieve growth. Total assets under management have increased six-fold in 12 years, but we will not see them grow from CHF 25bn to CHF 50bn with our current organisational structure".

    2009 will be a year of analysis and the gradual implementation of new management models at Mirabaud. The Managing Partners have asked Antonio Palma, currently a Limited Partner and Member of the Executive Committee, to take part in the process. It has already been decided that Antonio Palma will become a Managing Partner of Mirabaud & Cie, banquiers privés on 1 January 2010. "In addition to welcoming new Managing Partners, we will also consider the greater participation of senior managers at Mirabaud", said Antonio Palma.

    The changes linked to the new management structures will be announced throughout 2009 as they happen.

    Antonio Palma

    After obtaining his architect's diploma, Antonio Palma joined a major Swiss bank in 1978, where he was awarded the Swiss Federal Banking Diploma. He continued his training at PriceWaterhouse in 1982, where he was involved in auditing ten banks in Geneva, and obtained the Swiss Federal Accountancy Diploma. In 1987, he was appointed Head of Logistics at United Overseas Bank. He then joined Mirabaud & Cie, banquiers privés in 1993, where he is currently a Limited Partner and Member of the Executive Committee. Since 2007, he has also been President of the Higher Institute of Bank Training (Institut Supérieur de Formation Bancaire) in Geneva.

    Mirabaud in brief

    Mirabaud & Cie, banquiers privés was founded in Geneva in 1819. Originally a bank operating solely in Switzerland, Mirabaud has since developed its brand on three continents.  As a wealth and asset manager for international clients, Mirabaud offers tailor-made services in private banking, institutional asset management and fund management, and has more than 30 years' experience in alternative investment management, brokerage, corporate finance and custody.

Founded:                            1819
Assets under management:  CHF 25bn - EUR 15,6 bn (31.12.2007)
No. of employees:              482 (285 in Switzerland)
Offices:                            10 (Geneva, Zurich, Basel, Paris, Monaco,
                                         London, Montreal, Nassau, Hong Kong, Dubai)

For more information, please visit www.mirabaud.com

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Laurent Koutaïssoff
Head of Communication
Tel.:    +41/58/816'23'90
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Mirabaud & Cie, banquiers privés
29 Boulevard Georges-Favon
1204 Geneva

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