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Shelby R du Pasquier

Lenz & Staehelin

Thursday 05 September 2019

Private banking and wealth management have been and remain crucial pillars of the banking industry. Historically, a number of jurisdictions, such as the Channel Islands, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, have developed a particular expertise in that field. That said, all financial centres today have a wealth management industry that typically target their own residents. Private banking and wealth management have further evolved in parallel with international economic growth and the ensuing creation of wealth. Over the past decade, Asia, in particular, has been a booming centre for private banking, with the emergence of major financial centres such as Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2017, Switzerland, as the world’s leading wealth management centre, had a 21 per cent market share of the wealth management business, which represents a decrease of 4 per cent from the previous year. In contrast, Hong Kong and Singapore have grown considerably in importance in recent years. Hong Kong increased its market share by 127.1 per cent between 2010 and 2017 (9 per cent in 2017) and Singapore by 7.2 per cent (5 per cent in 2017).

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