Arab Bank Switzerland
Origin of Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd.
Arab Bank (Switzerland) was incorporated 1962 in Zug and is regulated by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). Soon after the foundation, Arab Bank (Switzerland) moved its office to Zurich. In 1964 Arab Bank (Switzerland), Geneva was established. Since 2012 the principal office of Arab Bank is in Geneva. In 2017 Arab Bank (Switzerland) could celebrate its 55 years anniversary.
Besides Geneva and Zurich, Arab Bank (Switzerland) also has an office in Lebanon under the name of Arab Investment Bank and an office in Oman under the name of Ubhar Capital. Arab Bank (Switzerland) is a sister company of Arab Bank PLC, Amman (Jordan). Arab Bank PLC has a presence in all major cities around the world and has a vast network. The clients of Arab Bank (Switzerland) are mostly from the Middle East.
Philosophy and Strategy
The philosophy of Arab Bank (Switzerland) is to protect and to serve at its best the interests of their clients and shareholders. In 2017 Arab Bank (Switzerland) commenced a strategy to show its operation model for the next five years. This model includes better coordination with the Arab Bank Group to provide a better service to the clients in the MENA region. In 2017 the IT infrastructure was reorganized to be more robust and to be more protected against cyber-attacks.
The core banking system is replaced with the best available system on the market. The back-office was outsourced to speed up the execution process. The Wealth Management added more staff to ensure an excellent service in all geographical regions. The energy and metals business was expanded and further developed in the MENA region. Global markets and Treasury offers its clients a new forex trading platform. The new strategy of the bank centers on trust, ethics, and respect.
Services and Solutions
The focus of the ABS Group is to provide investment advisory, financial planning services, and asset management to private and institutional clients. For commercial and corporate clients, the ABS Group offers credit-related services and Commodity Trade Finance. The Wealth Management cares about the individual banking needs of their mainly Middle-Eastern clients. It provides tailor-made products and all the wealth management products, like investment management, including advisory services and discretionary portfolio management.
The ABS Group also offers extensive market research. The credit-related services include a variety of credit instruments, such as mortgages, guarantees, Lombard loans mainly to private clients. For the commercial clients, the ABS Group is a very import partner in the commodity trade finance field. They offer a full range of financing services, to commodity traders and local companies involved in the export business especially for those companies dealing in the MENA region. The Treasury and foreign exchange division offers its clients a wide range of products, like Foreign Exchange, Security Trading, Money Market and Precious Metals.
In 2017 the new guidelines of FINMA to enhance alertness and proactivity towards risk were implemented in the risk management and supervision framework. The ABS Group has achieved and established a broad set of internal rules and policies to manage the risks. When risk is taken, it will be identified, measured, controlled and attenuated. On a yearly basis, the Board of Directors reviews the principal risks and decides, if necessary, the appropriate steps.
Clear rules regulate the credit risks. They are mitigated through strict control of collaterals and limits. The Treasury Department monitors daily the market risks. The liquidity is always ensured, and the focus is on pertaining the liquidity ratios set by the regulatory rules. An additional risk which is regularly monitored by the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee is the operational risk. The Legal & Compliance department is responsible for the legal and compliance risk.
Arab Bank (Switzerland’s) fixed-income fund was assigned the five-star rating of Morningstar in 2017. The five-star rating is the best of Morningstar and gives credit to the excellent, risk-balanced investment approach of the fund. Arab Bank (Switzerland) offers a safe and secure E-Banking platform. It also provides a weekly market update. This report is published on the webpage and can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Arab Bank is also a significant player in structured products. For all product types and underlying’s Arab Bank can offer a solution. Many different funds can be accessed through an open-architecture platform. Funds in the field of fixed income, equity, real estate, alternative products, hedge funds and liquidity.
Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. – Facts & Figures
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|Address||Pl. de Longemalle 10-12
|Phone||+41 22 715 12 11|
|Year of foundation||1962|
|No. of employees||120|
Arab Bank PLC
|Chairman||Wahbe A. Tamari|
|Shareholder’s equity||536 mm CHF|
|Assets under Management||3.5 bn CHF|
|Assets under Management / Employees||29.17 mm CHF|
|Net profit||14.1 mm CHF|
|Net Profit / Employees||117’500 CHF|
|Tier 1 Ratio||26.07 %|
|Cost / Income Cost Ratio (CIR)||74 %|
Source: Annual Report 2017