Swiss Trust Company Ltd – 111 Years and Stronger than Ever
The Swiss Trust Company Ltd (STC) is Switzerland’s oldest independent and partnership-led trust company. Throughout the company’s 111-year history it has maintained its traditional values, such as long-term commitments to clients and tailored solutions for their specific needs. These established principles go hand in hand with expertise in the modern trust business, enabling the STC offices in Basel, Zurich and Berne to meet the high expectations of their clients.
SMEs, entrepreneurs, families and private individuals can all rely on STG’s multi-discipline portfolio of services covering three core areas; legal & tax, financial accounting and audit, general management and special projects. Matthias Schläfli stated ‘We see ourselves as our clients’ partner for all aspects of their business – from company set-up through to liquidation – and we offer SME owners an attractive ‘one-stop’ approach.’
STC develops comprehensive solutions from a single source, customised for individual client needs. Using detailed analyses and professional advice with a long-term perspective, STC is able to prepare a solid foundation, so that decisions taken today will still hold true for the coming generation.
Founded in Basel in 1906 by the Swiss Bank Corporation, STC was the pioneer firm in the trust business and has enjoyed a varied and eventful history during a period shaped by numerous global developments. The year 2009 signalled the dawn of a new era, when a group of STC employees assumed ownership of the company. According to Matthias Schläfli, this has been highly significant in the company’s development: ‘It’s particularly important that the company ownership is in the hands of people who also play an operational role, because this enables us to provide our clients with an enormous amount of dedication, commitment and quality in our work. This infuses our client relationships with credibility and trust, and many of these relationships have been growing
Since 2010, STC has been managed by its Partners, with its head office in Basel and branches in Zurich and Berne, and a total of around 40 employees in the three locations. They pride themselves especially on being employee-focused and having a low staff turnover, and believe that that is one of the keys to their longevity. Philipp Akeret noted that “Some of our staff have been with us for many years. This has practical implications for our clients, who are thus able to continue working with the same advisors over a number of years and there is no doubt that such relationships foster a mutually productive exchange of information grounded in a strong foundation of trust.”
Schweizerische Treuhandgesellschaft AG
Basel, Berne, Zurich, Switzerland
T: +41 61 277 01 11