The German Chancellor is working remotely following an unfortunate run-in with a Swiss ski trail. Read more »
Maybe they will and maybe they won’t. They’re still weighing the risk/reward and YOU’LL JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. Read more »
Time was, you could count on Swiss banks to assist their clients in the business of not paying taxes, having practically written the book on how to go about keeping one’s assets a secret from prying eyes (Chapter 1: Discarded toothpaste containers make a great place to stash diamonds). Now? Not only are they no longer providing the service, they’re suddenly too good to associate with people whose hands aren’t clean. Read more »
This weekend Switzerland voted to … do something about executive pay? Maybe? I was a little frustrated reading the news reports because they didn’t really say what the Swiss actually did, so I went and found the actual resolution, and turns out it doesn’t either. Something something vote on executive pay:1
The shareholder meeting will vote each year the total amount of remuneration (money and value of benefits in kind) of the board of directors, of management, and of the the advisory committee. Each year it will elect the chairman of the board of directors and, one by one, members of the board of directors and the Compensation Committee as well as the independent representative. Pension funds will vote in the interest of beneficiaries and will communicate how they have voted. Shareholders may vote by absentee ballot electronically, but they can not be represented by a an affiliate of the company or a depositary;
So immediate fun simple questions like
- are you voting on last year’s pay, or next year’s pay?
- what happens if you vote no? do they get nothing? do you do another vote in a month? and
- since you apparently just vote on total amount of comp, can management/the board divvy it up however they feel like it?
remain totally unanswered. Read more »
The bank isn’t hiring anyone at the moment and current CEO Oswald Gruebel has said he’s not leaving anytime soon but, naturally, they’d like to be prepared when the moment comes. Would you or someone you know be the right person for the job? Prerequisites for the gig include “the charisma to run a place like UBS” and being any nationality but German. Read more »