In Switzerland Magazine 2022
Welcome to the 2022 edition of ‘In Switzerland’
I trust that you, your family, and friends remain in good health, and in good spirits.
This year has seen us enjoy greater freedoms in many aspects of our lives in Switzerland as we progress beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. We all take great heart from the human and scientific efforts that have helped us to overcome this global threat.
However, the joys of the easing of restrictions were swiftly overtaken by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February. In the financial landscape, we have also seen much higher-than-expected post-lockdown inflation, as well as increased volatility in equity and bond markets. While the short-term future may be uncertain, the long-term case for investing remains robust.
With this in mind, it is useful to seek out opportunities for growth and change, and these are two themes explored through ‘In Switzerland’. For the 11th consecutive year, Switzerland has been judged the most innovative country in the world1. Innovation and creativity tend to flourish in testing times, which gives us hope that the global outlook will continue to improve through technological and engineering solutions.
In this year’s edition, we consider the Swiss private equity market and review the resilience of the Swiss property market. We also have a fascinating interview with adventurer and sustainability champion Raphaël Domjan, and we meet footballer Juan Mata who discusses his work in establishing the Common Goal Foundation. Amongst other things, we explore philanthropy through the lens of future generations with Wise Foundation.
With global warming, and the status of the Swiss franc as a safe-haven currency remaining key areas of interest for our readers, we’ve also included articles on these two topics. Meanwhile, we speak to the founder of Fondation Opale about the transformative power of art, and to entrepreneur Roald Goethe on his passion for iconic cars.
We hope you enjoy the articles, and our best wishes for an enjoyable summer ahead.
Head of Barclays Private Bank Switzerland
Juan Mata’s most important goal
Find out how one of the world’s most successful footballers is tackling some of society’s biggest challenges through his Common Goal initiative.
Work for the future or be left behind
Read the thoughts of a global private equity leader on the strengths of his Swiss homeland, and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What the Swiss franc means for your portfolio
The domestic importance of the Swiss franc runs parallel with the risk of home equity bias for Swiss investors. We take a closer look at so-called opportunity cost.
Empowering Indigenous artists
Bérengère Primat discusses her love of Australian Indigenous art, and her foundation that gives a platform to the talent behind her impressive collection.
Establishing a world-class car collection
Discover what motivates the owner of one of the world’s finest collections of racing cars, and where he thinks the future of motorsport lies.
Supporting Switzerland’s next generation of philanthropists
“Uniting around a common passion can really help family members better identify with each other.” Pauline Borg discusses philanthropy and the future.
Swiss real estate: the lure of prime property
Find out why Switzerland remains a global property hotspot, as we speak to Luca Tagliaboschi, CEO of Cardis Sotheby's International Realty.
Climate change and carbon risk premium in Switzerland
Public interest in global warming has increased, as have regulatory requirements for businesses to report on the issue. Is investing in green stocks the future?
Harnessing solar power for a better tomorrow
Explorer and lecturer Raphaël Domjan tells us about the life-changing moment that sparked his passion for sustainability, solar energy, and biodiversity.
Meet the CEO
Having relocated from Dubai, Rahim Daya reflects on his first year in Switzerland, and explains why he’s excited about the evolution of private banking.