Van Lanschot Kempen is the oldest independent financial institution in the Netherlands. The roots of Van Lanschot Kempen go back to the year 1737. On July 22, 1737, Cornelis van Lanschot recorded his first colonial trade purchase in his order book. Van Lanschot Kempen is operating under the strong brand names Van Lanschot, Evi van Lanschot, and Kempen. Van Lanschot Bank’s clients are wealthy Dutch and Belgian with a minimum of EUR 1 million investable assets.
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Philosophy and Strategy
The mission is to preserve and create wealth for the society and the clients. Generating wealth is essential to maintain and create stability in our society — the focus is long-term in which environmental, social and economic aspects all need to be taken into consideration.
The transformation into a specialist, independent wealth manager began in 2013, and the strategy was updated in 2016. Van Lanschot Kempen’s mission and approach remain unchanged, and the bank is building on a strong foundation. In the next phase, it is important to respond to the changing needs of the clients, and the trends and developments within the sector.
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Services and Solutions Van Lanschot Bank offers international wealth management services. The bank is a niche player in the Swiss market, and private banking provides solutions for international asset issues. Van Lanschot Bank assists their clients in structuring wealth, financing, investment advice, and asset management. The bank can assist in emigration matters, purchases of second homes and the diversification of risk.
International Wealth Management
The client has his wealth manager who is depending on the needs of the customer supported by internal and external specialists. The wealth managers are experienced and have established relationships with various contacts and have built up a huge network. If necessary, the wealth managers are introducing these contacts to their clients.
Van Lanschot Bank offers high-quality investment expertise and takes the best care of the client’s assets. The starting point for the service are the client’s personal needs, goals, and wealth. The advice is therefore customized.
The asset management services take good care of the client’s wealth. An asset manager is managing the client’s assets, and independent investment decisions are made within the predefined framework. The investment process is thorough and structured in which Van Lanschot Bank uses the expertise of the sister company Kempen Capital Management.
With investment advice, the client makes his own decisions. Van Lanschot Bank is a sparring partner who provides the client with own research as well as research from others. The main markets are Dutch and Belgium, but the advisors have an international scope, and their playing field is the whole world. The advisor is sharing visions and ideas with the client, and the client can rely on excellent and careful execution.
The client makes his own decisions and places and trades the orders directly with the contact person at the bank. The client can expect an excellent execution both in administrative tasks and order processing.
Van Lanschot Bank offers their clients standard banking services, and of course, the client can make their payments online. A special service of the bank is fiduciary deposits. A certain amount is placed with one or more foreign bank on behalf of the Bank but at the client’s risk and expense.
For the financial private and business activities, Van Lanschot Bank offers various opportunities. The Bank finances based on the assets held with them or elsewhere within the Group. There is also the possibility of mortgage financing. Van Lanschot Bank will introduce parties with whom they had a good experience.
The starting point is an appropriate wealth structure. Being wealthy is a full-time job and can create some concerns. The client might be worried about estate planning, unwanted publicity, and possible tax issues. Van Lanschot Bank’s employees have a lot of skills and knowledge and help answer the client’s questions. All the doubts, thoughts and suggestions are taken into consideration.
Van Lanschot Switzerland acts as a liaison for the bank’s international institutional business activities.
Risk Management Van Lanschot Kempen’s business activities are exposed to risks. Risk management supports the clients, other stakeholders and the front office in ensuring that the risks incurred are controlled and conform with the legal requirements and the risk appetite. The main risks are the credit risk, the market risk, the operational risk, the settlement risk, the CVA (credit value adjustment) risk, the strategic risk, the interest rate risk, the liquidity riks, the securitization risk, the compliance risk, and the financial reporting risk.
Van Lanschot Kempen aims to have a transparent and simple balance sheet. Lending activities occur mainly in the private banking segment. The Executive Board prepares each year the risk appetite statement which translates the risk appetite into strategic limits. The Supervisory Board reviews the development of the risk profile twice a year.
The risk management framework identifies and analyses the risks at an early stage. The risks are mitigated and monitored, and adequate internal reporting systems and control procedures are the key elements of the risk management framework. The risk management framework is based on three lines of defense principles; day-to-day responsibility for risk control lies with the front office, the first line of defense; Compliance, Group Risk Management and Finance, Reporting & Control form the second line of defense; Group Audit forms the third line of defense and is responsible for performing independent audits on the risk framework.
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Van Lanschot Kempen Foundation supports community projects that help create a better world for future generations. Over the years employees participated in over 20 different projects. The foundation’s activities focus on different themes: talent development, art & culture, health, sport, and financial education. The aim is to make a positive impact on people who need the support. Van Lanschot Kempen prefers to cooperate with specialist partners.
We act exclusively in the interests of the client.
We are a fully independent boutique law firm. That’s why we don’t have any cooperation agreements with the banks.
Few banks do not disclose their Annual Reports to the public. Therefore, we collected reliable information on a best-efforts basis. We renounced to collect information from unreliable sources. Until today, Swiss law does not impose the duty of publication to the banks as it is the case in the EU. Therefore, for a few banks, the information from the annual reports was not summarized and published.
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