Cornèr Bank Lugano in Switzerland

Origin of Cornèr Bank

Corner-Bank-Lugano-Switzerland-1The Cornèr Bank Group was established 1952 in Lugano and is an independent Swiss private bank. In 2015 Cornèr Bank joined the Swiss Structured Product Association (SSPA) as the first member from the canton of Ticino. The Bank issues directly structured products.

In the payment card sector, Cornèr acquired in 2011 and Diners Club, Italia, and Dinit, Slovenia in 2015.
Cornèr Trader was born in 2012.
Cornèr has four branches, in Chiasso, Locarno, Geneva and Zurich and the affiliate companies Cornèr Bank (Overseas) Limited, Nassau,, Zurich, Cornercard UK, Diners Club, Italia and Dinit, Slovenia.

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Philosophy and Strategy
Cornèr Bank Lugano in Switzerland provides a high-quality personal service and attention to detail. The bank understands the client’s needs and Cornèr’s culture is based on striving for excellence, prudence, transparency, discretion, and professionalism. The personal relationship is based on mutual respect, through ongoing and friendly dialogue.

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Services and Solutions
The core business of Cornèr Bank is the private banking, the lending, and the online trading. Cornèr Bank’s has four different segments. These are the private clients, the commercial clients, the institutional clients and the financial intermediaries.

Private clients:
Corner-Bank-Switzerland-2The private banking is one of the main activities of the bank. The two key sectors are the asset management and the financial consulting.
The products are: The asset management mandate investing in direct financial instruments, like bonds and equities or indirect financial instruments, like structured products and funds. The asset management funds mandate predominantly invests in funds.

Cornèr Bank offers several services like:

  • Base services: Different types of accounts, safe deposit boxes and prepaid or credit cards.
  • Consulting and asset management: Investment consulting, portfolio management mandates.
  • Tax and retirement planning: Wealth planning, inheritance planning, retirement planning.
  • Lending: Mortgage lending and Lombard loans.
  • Market services: Forex, Treasury, structured products, stock markets, listed commodities and derivatives and the creation of funds and SICAV segments.
  • Online services: myCornèr, Cornèronline, and newsletters.

Commercial clients:
For corporates, Cornèr offers commercial lending, mortgage lending, Lombard loans, documentary credits and collections, bank guarantees, tax and retirement planning and payment cards.
For the public sector, Cornèr offers public sector lending services.
The online services include myCornèr, Cornèronline, and newsletters. myCornèr offers several exciting features, like fundamental research, momentum-based financial analysis, and technical analysis research. The key services financial analysis, market commentaries and research commentaries cover more than 5’000 instruments, including forex, commodities, indices and middle and high capitalized equities.

Institutional clients:
Cornèr Bank is supporting the exchange, stock market and treasury activities on the international markets. The bank aims to develop and maintain relations with domestic and foreign banks. Cornèr has a long tradition as a depositary bank and provides this service to a lot of Swiss investment funds. The bank also offers depositary services for offshore funds.

Financial Intermediaries:
Financial Intermediaries services of Cornèr Bank are especially for independent asset managers, family offices, trust companies and law firms. The Financial Intermediaries team also offers all products and services available to the clients. Cornèr doesn’t offer products in a generalized way; they involve the financial intermediary dynamically and innovatively.

Risk Management
The risk management is an integral part of the bank’s activities. The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall risk policy. The affiliate companies have to apply the rules set out in the risk policy documents. The risk management framework ensures that all relevant risks are adequately identified, reported, assessed and monitored so that proper actions can be taken, and decisions can be made. Explicit powers and limits are established, and the control is ongoing. The assessment of risks is regularly presented to the Board of Directors and the Executive Board.

There are three levels of risk management:
Overall guidance and supervision is the task of the Board of Directors.
Formulation and implementation, as well as operational supervision, are the tasks of the Executive Board and the established committees, such as the ALM committee, the Trading committee, the Credit Risk committee and the Operational risk and Compliance committee.
The Risk Management unit and the Compliance unit are primarily responsible for the independent risk control.

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Added-Value Services
“The Banker” published by the Financial Times ranked Cornèr Bank first in Switzerland regarding capital solidity in 2017.
Also, in 2017 Cornèr Bank launch myCornèr, an application that offers access to investment ideas and financial research. The client can view his banking, payment cards, and trading relationship online.

CornèrTrader covers more than 5’000 securities and offers to trade in several segments, forex, forex options, cryptocurrencies, stocks, stock options, CFD’s, futures, contract options and digital bonds. The trading can be done with a multi-asset platform or the myCornèr App.

Cornèrcard offers credit cards and prepaid cards to private clients and corporate clients. The bank offers several different VISA, Mastercard, and Diners Club cards depending on the lifestyle of the client.

Cornèr Bank – Facts & Figures

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Address Via Canova 16, 6901 Lugano
Phone +41 91 800 51 11
Year of foundation 1952
No. of employees 1’224
Chairman Paolo Cornaro
CEO Vittorio Cornaro
Eligible Regulatory Capital 1.006 bn CHF
Tier 1 Ratio 20.00 %
Leverage Exposure 10.198 bn CHF
Leverage Ratio 9.90 %
Liquidity Coverage Ratio 171 %
Risk Weighted Assets 5.022 bn CHF
Loans outstanding 4.848 bn CHF
Assets under Management
Assets under Management / Employees
Net profit 22.698 m CHF
Net Profit / Employees 18’544 CHF
Cost / Income Cost Ratio (CIR) 73.60 %
Return on Equity 2.10 %
Own structured products Yes
Foreigners accepted Yes
Presence abroad No

Source: Annual Report 2021

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