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HSBC Republic sets up hedge fund team in Zurich

HSBC Republic Bank (Suisse) SA is setting up a dedicated Alternative FundInvest team at its Zurich office in a move designed to consolidate its position as a major player in hedge funds.

The new three person team in Zurich was recruited from Union Bancaire Privée and will be headed by Barbara Rupf Bee assisted by Heinz Hofmann and Gabriela Rutschmann-Rathgeb.

Barbara Rupf Bee was previously with Union Bancaire Privée, Zurich where she had been in charge of the Products & Sales department since November 2002. Before that, she had spent nine years with the Julius Baer Group, which she had joined in 1993 in order to build up and lead the fixed income brokerage section. In 1999, she was appointed CEO of crelnvest AG, a fund of hedge funds initiated by Julius Baer and listed on the Swiss Exchange and went on to head the Julius Baer Non- Traditional Funds team in spring of 2001.

Heinz Hofmann was previously with Union Bancaire Privée Zurich in the Products & Sales department, where he covered institutional clients and distribution channels in Europe and held the overall responsibility for the German market. He had joined the team in 2001, coming from Nordfinanzbank Zurich, a former private banking division of UBP.

Gabriela Rutschmann-Rathgeb also came from Union Bancaire Privée, Zurich where she was part of the Product & Sales team, in charge of marketing support and event organisation since September 2001. 

The new team will work alongside the twenty professionals of HSBC Republic's Alternative FundInvest Group who are based in Geneva and report to Gérald Messier.

Together with André Heusser who is currently responsible for Swiss institutional sales in Geneva, the new unit will focus on institutional clients and families offices in Switzerland, Northern Europe, Germany and Austria.

The Geneva and the Zurich teams both report to Gabriel Perahia, Chief Investment Officer, Group Private Banking.

This new group will offer HSBC Republic's expertise in hedge funds, both on a discretionary and on an advisory basis, to this expanding customer base. The team will also provide relationship managers and their customers at HSBC Republic in Zurich with support, education and product information about the whole range of HSBC Republic's alternative products and services.

Background Note: HSBC Republic Bank (Suisse) SA is part of HSBC Republic, the principal international private banking division of the HSBC Group. Headquartered in Geneva, HSBC Republic provides private banking and trustee services for high net worth individuals and their families through 42 locations in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, employing some 4,100 professionals worldwide. At 30 June 2003, HSBC Republic had client assets under management in excess of USD 225 billion.

At 30 June 2003, the HSBC Group had total assets of USD 983 billion, shareholders' funds of USD 70 billion and recorded a pre-tax of USD 6.1 billion for the first six months of 2003. HSBC's international network comprises over 9,500 offices in 79 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. Through an international network linked by advances technology, including a rapidly growing e-commerce capability, HSBC provides a comprehensive range of financial services: personal financial services; commercial banking; corporate, investment banking and markets; private banking; and other activities.

Copyright Hedgeweek 2003


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