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Our Company

Founded in 1856 with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Credit Suisse has operations in over 50 countries and employs 45,800 individuals from approximately 150 different nations.

Our strategy builds on Credit Suisse’s core strengths: its position as a top global wealth manager; its specialist investment banking capabilities; and its strong presence in our home market Switzerland. We take a balanced approach in order to capture the wealth management opportunities in emerging markets, the biggest of which is in the Asia Pacific region, and serve our key developed markets with an emphasis on Switzerland and the United States.

Founded in 1856, today we have a global reach with operations in over 50 countries and 45,800 employees from over 150 different nations. Our broad footprint helps us to generate a geographically balanced stream of revenues and net new assets and allows us to capture growth opportunities around the world. We serve our clients through three regionally focused divisions: Swiss Universal Bank, International Wealth Management and Asia Pacific. These regional businesses are supported by two divisions specialized in investment banking capabilities: Global Markets and Investment Banking & Capital Markets. Our business divisions cooperate closely to provide holistic financial solutions, including innovative products and specially tailored advice.

Swiss Universal Bank

The Swiss Universal Bank division offers comprehensive advice and a wide range of financial solutions to private, corporate and institutional clients domiciled in our home market Switzerland, which offers attractive growth opportunities and where we can build on a strong market position across our key businesses. Our Private Banking business has a leading franchise in our home market Switzerland and serves ultra-high-net worth, high-net-worth and retail clients. Our Corporate & Institutional Banking business serves large corporate clients, small and medium size enterprises, institutional clients, financial institutions and commodity traders.

International Wealth Management

The International Wealth Management division offers tailored private banking solutions to wealthy private clients and external asset managers in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa and includes our global Asset Management franchise. The division’s leading position spans emerging economies as well as mature European markets and has access to the broad spectrum of Credit Suisse’s global resources and capabilities. Our Asset Management business offers investment solutions and services globally to our private banking businesses and a wide range of other clients, including pension funds, governments, foundations and endowments, corporations and individuals.

Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific division offers integrated private banking and investment banking financial solutions to wealthy individuals, institutional investors and corporate clients in the Asia Pacific region, empowered with the tools of Credit Suisse’s global resources and capabilities. The division is well-positioned to capture market opportunities in the Asia Pacific region, which is experiencing rapid wealth creation and growth in the number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals. We offer institutional investors access to broader financial markets and differentiated product offerings.

Global Markets

The Global Markets division offers a broad range of equities and fixed income products and services and focuses on client-driven businesses and supporting Credit Suisse’s wealth management businesses. Our suite of products and services includes global securities sales, trading and execution services, prime brokerage, underwriting and comprehensive investment research. Our clients include financial institutions, corporations, governments, institutional investors, including pension funds and hedge funds, and private individuals around the world.

Investment Banking & Capital Markets

The Investment Banking & Capital Markets division offers a broad range of investment banking services to corporations, financial institutions, financial sponsors and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and sovereign clients. Our suite of products and services includes advisory services related to mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, takeover defense mandates, and business restructurings and spin-offs. The division also engages in debt and equity underwriting of public securities offerings and private placements. 

Key Figures (as of end-2014)

1856

year of foundation

45800

employees worldwide

530

locations in over 50 countries

1377

billion of assets under management in CHF

Our Strategy

We offer our clients in Switzerland and around the world a broad range of customized banking services and products. We operate as an integrated bank, combining strengths and expertise of our two global business divisions, Private Banking & Wealth Management and Investment Banking. These two divisions are supported by our Shared Services, which provide corporate services and business solutions. Our global structure comprises four regions: our home market, Switzerland; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Americas; and Asia Pacific. With our local presence and global approach, we are well positioned to respond to changing client needs and our operating environment.

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Our Management

The Executive Board is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of Credit Suisse. It develops and implements the strategic business plans for the Group overall as well as for the principal businesses, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.

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Tidjane Thiam, Designated CEO of Credit Suisse

Tidjane Thiam

Chief Executive Officer, Credit Suisse

Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall strategic direction, supervision and control of Credit Suisse and regularly assesses its competitive position and approves it strategic and financial plans.

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Urs Rohner - Chairman of the Board of Directors

Urs Rohner

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Financial Results and Publications 

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Key Facts

Headquarters

Zurich, Switzerland

Business Areas

Private Banking & Wealth Management and Investment Banking 

Listings

Registered shares of Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) are listed in Switzerland (SIX) and as American Depositary Shares (CS) in New York (NYSE).

Ratings

Credit Suisse AG's long term ratings are: Moody’s A1, Standard & Poor’s A, Fitch Ratings A 

Sustainability

We have a broad understanding of our duties as a financial services provider, member of society and employer. Our approach also reflects our commitment to protecting the environment.

Credit Suisse has been greenhouse gas neutral in Switzerland since 2006. Since June 2010 it has also been greenhouse gas neutral on a worldwide basis.


Furthermore Credit Suisse is included in the following sustainability indices: Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index, Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and FTSE4Good Indexes.

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Sponsorship

Cultural commitments: Credit Suisse supports individuals, organizations, and institutions from classical music and the fine arts, from around the globe.

Sports sponsorship: Our activities – which center on Switzerland – focus on the areas of football, golf, and equestrianism.

In addition, Roger Federer has served as a global ambassador for Credit Suisse since 2009 and each year Credit Suisse provides USD 1 million of funding to the Roger Federer Foundation in connection with this partnership.

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Alfred Escher

founder of the "Schweizerische Kreditanstalt" (SKA), the forerunner of Credit Suisse 

Our History

Credit Suisse’s history stretches back to July 5, 1856 when the prominent politician, business leader and pioneer Alfred Escher founded "Schweizerische Kreditanstalt." The original purpose of the new bank known as SKA was to finance the expansion of the railroad network as well as the further industrialization of Switzerland. Fourteen years later, the bank’s first foreign representative office opened up in New York. In 1905, the bank’s first branch outside Zurich opened in Basel following the acquisition of Oberrheinische Bank.

What started off as a Swiss investment bank turned into a success story spanning over the next century and a half, with Credit Suisse gradually evolving into a leading global provider of financial services. This development has been achieved through strong organic growth, supplemented by a series of significant mergers and acquisitions such as that of the US investment bank CS First Boston in 1990, the Swiss private bank Bank Leu in 1990, Switzerland’s fourth largest bank – Volksbank – in 1993, the US investment bank Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette in 2000, the Brazilian wealth manager Hedging-Griffo in 2007, Morgan Stanley’s wealth management businesses in Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2013 to cite a couple of more recent deals. This has involved the amalgamation of very different cultures, philosophies and spheres of specialist knowledge which has resulted in the creation of a strong integrated bank.

As of 2006, the bank began operating as a globally active integrated universal bank providing comprehensive solutions to our clients in private banking, investment banking and asset management.

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