REYL & Cie. SA | REYL Bank
Origin of REYL & Cie. SA | REYL Bank
The REYL Group is an independent bank founded in Geneva in 1973. The company has offices in Lugano, Zurich, Malta, Luxembourg, London, Dubai, Singapore, and Dallas. The founder is Dominique Reyl who started with a portfolio management company in Geneva. In 2002 the son of Dominique, François joined the company. In 2003 the Asset Management business began and was followed by the Corporate and Family Governance in 2006.
REYL received the banking license in 2010. In 2017 REYL took a minority interest in Aspiration, an online banking platform in Los Angeles. In 2018 REYL entered into a partnership with Hermance Capital Partners, an investment fund platform which is concentrated on non-listed assets. Besides the family founding managers, three partners are responsible for the different business lines.
Philosophy and Strategy
The core principles of REYL are team spirit, philanthropy, innovation, responsibility, and integrity. The diversification of its business lines and the international expansion was contributing to the steady growth of REYL Group. Initially, REYL was only concentrated on wealth management but as the needs of the institutional and private clients increased the group expanded its services.
The group is continuing to follow an innovative strategy with the focus on providing support to a dynamic and promising clientele. The clients are mainly institutional investors and international entrepreneurs. The five business lines and different entities allow the group to offer its full range expertise to customers looking for multi-dimensional services. The aim of the group in 2018 is to optimize its process and internal control system further.
Services and Solutions
REYL & Cie. SA provides investment solutions and financial advisory services to private and institutional clients. The REYL Group is active in the following business areas: Wealth Management, Corporate & Family Governance, Corporate Advisory & Structuring, Asset Services and Asset Management. The wealth management of REYL & Cie. SA is dedicated to managing the portfolios of private clients. Tailor-made solutions are adapted to the characteristics of each client.
The approach is highly personalized, and there is a full range of services and products. The customer can choose between execution-only or advisory services and discretionary mandates. Through REYL Overseas Ltd., they offer investment services for US persons. REYL & Cie. Is assisting large corporations and family holdings in optimizing their administration and optimize their structure.
Since 2012 REYL & Cie. has developed a full range of investment banking services, like inventing innovative solutions for businesses, mergers & acquisitions, restructuring, private debt, structured finance and private equity. The Asset Service line handles financial and administrative services for institutional clients. RAM Active Investments is a fund manager who won several awards since its inception in 2007. It offers actively managed equity and fixed income products, UCIT funds and Alternative Funds. Since March 2018 the principal shareholder is Mediobanca S.p.A., but the REYL Group has still a meaningful equity stake.
REYL Group is exposed to several risks. The priority of the group is to identify, monitor, manage and measure these risks. The bank wants to hold its high credit rating and its excellent reputation. The critical elements of risk management are the definition of various limits and indicators to be reported and monitored. Ensure a timely reporting of the risks and have a comprehensive risk policy. The Board of Directors defines the risk policy and approves the risk limits.
The only entity in the group that grants loans to the clients is REYL & Cie. SA. The mortgages or loans are only given if a pledged real estate secures them. Credit limits set the credit exposure to counterparties. A multi-level system is used to manage the default and counterparty risk. To reduce the currency risk, the Group tries to balance the assets in foreign currencies with the liabilities in foreign currencies.
The Board of Directors approves the trading book limits. The clients mainly do trades in derivatives. REYL might use derivatives for hedging purposes but on a shallow level. The Treasury Department manages the liquidity. The operational risk handles the risk of losses due to the failure of internal policies or errors by humans and systems.
In 2016 REYL was awarded “Most innovative business model” and in 2017 “Outstanding Boutique Private Bank” in 2017. The REYL Group wants to invest the proceeds from its partial exit of RAM Active Investments SA to develop its illiquid asset management and corporate finance team and to further develop its digital platform. The REYL Group is a responsible partner of the society. They are committed to giving back to the community in meaningful ways. The Group supports the Research for Life Foundation, the RAM Active Philanthropic Foundation, Intermezzo and the Grand Theatre of Geneva.
REYL & Cie. SA | REYL Bank – Facts & Figures
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|Address||Rue du Rhône 62
|Phone||+41 22 816 80 00|
|Year of foundation||1973|
|No. of employees||214|
|Shareholder’s equity||87.762 mm CHF|
|Assets under Management||15.816 bn CHF|
|Assets under Management / Employees||73.906 mm CHF|
|Net profit||24.15 mm CHF|
|Net Profit / Employees||112’850 CHF|
|Tier 1 Ratio||15.6 %|
|Cost / Income Cost Ratio (CIR)||72.8 %|
Source: Annual Report REYL Group 2017