Swiss Bankers Association
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Our Association

The Swiss Bankers Association
The SBA is the leading professional organisation of the Swiss financial centre. Its main purpose is to maintain and promote the best possible framework conditions for the Swiss financial centre both at home and abroad.

Our mission
  • We represent the interests of the banks in dealings with the authorities in Switzerland and abroad.
  • We promote Switzerland’s image as a financial centre throughout the world.
  • We foster an open dialogue with a critical public in Switzerland and worldwide.
  • We develop the system of self-regulation in consultation with regulatory bodies.
  • We support the training of junior staff and established executives in the banking industry.
  • We facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge between banks and bank employees.
  • We advise our members.
  • We coordinate joint projects undertaken by the Swiss banks.

Our organisation
The Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) was founded in 1912 in Basel as a trade association and today has 310 institutional members and approximately 18'200 individual members. The Association’s Office employs a staff of 66. 10 commissions and associated working groups deal with key issues affecting the industry. Serving on these commissions are some 830 representatives of various banking groups.

Patrick Odier, Senior Partner Lombard Odier & Cie, has been Chairman of the SBA’s Board of Directors since september 2009. Claude-Alain Margelisch has held the position of Delegate of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since september 2010.

Please consult the SBA's statuts for further details of membership rules.