UBS: The way to becoming a global player in Wealth Management The critical factors in establishing the leading position of UBS in wealth management and the overcome of the global financial crisis

The purpose of this case study was to examine the development of the Swiss bank UBS. The focus of the research evolves around the global wealth management business of UBS. The findings of this research should lay out the main factors derterming the effective wealth management Business of UBS.

Ntjam Alain, 2013

Bachelor Thesis, Institute for Finance, School of Business FHNW
Betreuende Dozierende: Galia Kondova
Keywords: UBS, Wealth Management, Private Banking, Private Bank, Swiss Banking, Swiss Banks, Success Factor, Bank secrecy
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With this case study, it is attempted to understand and learn which specific aspects of UBS helped it to keep, despite the bad news, such a good position in wealth management. More specifically, it is aimed to understand the so called one firm strategy and the role of the global financial crisis.
Research for this case study includes desk research of relevant literature about various UBS and Swiss Banking related topics. As first results, a PEST analysis along with other desk findings illustrates the business environment of SBC and the old UBS before the merger in the nineties. The strategy and the strategic intent to growth in North American market is investigated as well as the organizational chart of the new UBS. Than the wealth management business is looked at more in detail. Consequently the foundational factors for the UBS success are presented.
UBS merger happened due to one big bank not being able to adapt early to its seemingly friendly business environment. The organizational structure that UBS inherited from SBC brought many advantages for its wealth management business. The differentiation strategy called the one firm strategy, the value chain and the overall organization of the group were some of the critical factors for UBS to become a major wealth management business. In one sentence, the UBS success story in wealth management is due to these multidimensional factors that are as well composed of the influential person Marcel Ospel and the integrated strategy of the divisions.
Studiengang: Business Administration International Management (Bachelor)
Fachbereich der Arbeit: Accounting, Banking, Controlling and Finance
Vertraulichkeit: öffentlich
Art der Arbeit
Bachelor Thesis
Institute for Finance, School of Business FHNW, Basel
Autorinnen und Autoren
Ntjam Alain
Betreuende Dozierende
Galia Kondova
Sprache der Arbeit
Business Administration International Management (Bachelor)
Standort Studiengang
UBS, Wealth Management, Private Banking, Private Bank, Swiss Banking, Swiss Banks, Success Factor, Bank secrecy