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Foreign-controlled banks

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  • Foreign-controlled banks

    A bank is deemed to be foreign-controlled if foreigners with a qualified participation in the bank directly or indirectly hold more than half of its voting shares, or if they exercise a controlling interest in any other manner. Under the Banking Act, foreigners may be either individuals or legal entities.

    The origin of foreign-controlled banks: Europe, predominantly EU (over 50%), Japan (around 20%).

    Main fields of activity are investment banking (share of foreign assets in the balance sheet total is 70%), and asset management. In the case of asset management, the clients are usually foreign.

    Business focus: many foreign-controlled banks operate in all fields of business, but some of them focus

    Geographic scope of activities: International.

    Legal status: Almost exclusively private joint-stock companies.

    Since 1972, all foreign banks have belonged to the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland. Foreign banks include both the foreign-controlled banks operating under Swiss law (category 5.20) and the branches of foreign banks operating in Switzerland (category 7.00).

    The foreign-controlled banks are organised in accordance with Swiss law. Generally, permits for the establishment of such banks are only granted subject to a number of additional requirements.

 
Foreign-controlled banks
  Banks, staff, branches Assets Liabilities Profit and Loss
Year Banks count Bank staff amount Bank registered offices count Amount of banks local branches Amount of banks foreign branches Total amount of banks branches Banks total assets Banks liquid assets Banks money market paper held Banks claims against banks Banks claims against customers Banks mortgage claims Banks securities and precious metals trading portfolios Banks money market paper issued Banks liabilities towards banks Banks liabilities towards customers Mediumterm bank issued notes Bonds and loans by central mortgage bond institutions Banks total equity Banks capital Banks net interest income Banks net income from commission business and services Banks profit for year Banks loss for year
1972 21,302 1,041 1,242 9,159 7,333 277 1,138 90 9,512 8,042 304 0 2,483 1,714
1973 23,553 1,236 1,332 9,277 8,746 377 1,283 157 10,464 8,502 360 0 2,933 2,011
1974 21,833 1,383 1,257 8,144 8,150 434 1,214 102 8,972 7,966 444 0 3,091 2,043
1975 25,485 1,574 1,775 9,857 9,096 479 1,380 60 10,592 9,459 624 10 3,379 2,134
1976 27,922 1,728 2,121 10,136 10,166 505 1,989 64 11,678 10,238 723 40 3,677 2,277
1977 30,473 1,867 1,881 12,085 10,837 443 1,906 34 13,274 10,438 823 190 4,181 2,552
1978 32,449 2,174 1,752 12,451 11,959 466 2,279 65 14,361 10,639 857 505 4,339 2,532
1979 37,470 1,943 1,807 14,344 14,093 651 2,951 64 17,444 11,730 853 715 4,583 2,577
1980 45,059 2,159 1,700 17,412 17,248 757 3,587 61 22,107 13,472 913 884 5,092 2,779
1981 52,483 2,118 1,859 21,808 18,706 805 4,067 74 25,421 16,354 887 1,046 5,675 3,041
1982 95 60,564 2,707 2,017 24,689 21,533 1,051 4,809 151 27,651 20,961 1,056 1,120 6,464 3,468
1983 96 68,003 2,932 2,656 28,055 23,296 1,196 5,722 115 29,205 25,736 1,163 1,230 6,871 3,596
1984 104 73,814 3,228 2,133 32,453 23,992 1,445 6,176 124 29,935 29,252 1,405 1,389 7,443 3,929
1985 104 76,841 3,542 1,894 33,939 24,440 1,305 7,756 151 32,642 27,897 1,636 1,588 8,140 4,174
1986 109 76,559 3,505 2,041 32,275 23,715 1,450 9,540 227 34,325 24,785 1,732 1,733 8,852 4,615
1987 111 78,891 3,805 2,305 31,762 23,604 1,938 10,961 236 34,677 25,731 1,818 1,903 9,415 4,771
1988 116 91,527 1,850 2,217 39,232 28,412 2,827 12,176 140 40,137 30,990 1,913 1,849 10,834 5,484
1989 118 97,756 2,116 3,617 38,006 31,991 3,153 13,506 24 42,946 32,865 1,836 1,784 11,440 6,129
1990 126 90,433 1,839 1,834 36,915 31,083 3,132 10,435 12 41,156 27,910 1,759 1,720 11,791 6,417
1991 130 92,272 1,753 2,280 37,379 30,871 3,348 11,294 18 40,444 28,716 1,567 1,643 12,638 6,854
1992 134 94,124 1,963 2,105 39,064 31,459 3,213 11,387 4 42,081 29,186 1,213 1,439 13,197 7,061
1993 143 101,229 1,906 2,054 40,752 33,055 3,425 15,163 10 44,529 32,181 1,014 1,307 14,281 7,579
1994 140 98,109 1,809 2,275 39,269 31,241 2,880 15,633 2 43,409 31,149 786 1,162 14,036 7,254
1995 141 96,074 1,830 2,531 39,167 28,096 3,363 15,099 31 41,073 30,634 682 980 14,020 7,266
1996 141 108,483 1,875 2,918 42,951 31,581 3,487 6,573 170 46,154 36,765 504 901 14,331 7,240
1997 134 121,175 2,120 3,185 48,326 36,066 3,716 7,636 181 47,185 45,783 393 826 14,478 7,019
1998 128 137,936 2,030 4,086 56,411 39,039 4,350 11,001 236 49,454 56,780 683 893 15,333 6,956
1999 123 145,678 2,965 6,395 53,108 51,517 3,626 7,022 209 56,885 59,231 390 199 15,816 7,007
2000 127 161,734 2,449 5,464 63,617 55,895 3,745 6,356 212 64,403 64,201 256 0 17,347 7,659
2001 125 186,967 2,412 12,679 79,862 55,657 3,891 2,933 135 81,341 71,303 203 15 18,378 7,686
2002 122 165,728 2,418 12,614 54,227 54,270 4,788 1,458 119 62,558 69,287 155 15 18,167 7,555
2003 122 173,533 2,182 14,371 51,119 58,925 5,783 1,762 216 64,759 72,206 115 15 18,471 7,119
2004 123 181,645 1,913 12,410 58,608 62,955 7,546 1,725 149 72,805 76,185 100 28 19,190 7,202
2005 122 228,227 2,329 21,345 73,248 75,432 8,664 5,961 218 100,148 93,469 131 93 20,014 7,098
2006 120 239,114 2,513 27,041 77,614 77,945 10,219 5,112 116 94,324 108,523 168 408 21,117 6,903
 


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