Martin has over 25 years experience in financial services, consulting, advisory and compliance. He started his career in investment banking at Merrill Lynch, followed by management consulting at Accenture in Switzerland. Working in as Senior Strategy Manager in the strategy consulting unit Accenture, Martin led various projects in financial services, private equity, insurance and industry. From 2003 to 2009, Martin was an independent consultant leading international projects in financial services at various large institutions, and headed the Compliance functions of SEC-registered Investment Advisors from 2010 onward.
Working with a wide network of specialists, law firms, tax and accounting firms, IT companies, trust companies and more, Martin has provided and coordinated a wide range of compliance and advisory services to a large number and variety of institutional and private clients. In particular as regards to Automatic Exchange of Information (AEoI, FATCA and CRS) and tax. Usually working across jurisdictions.
These services include comprehensive compliance, regulatory, planning, investment, specialised legal advice, tax advice, trusts, life insurance and various other services to financial institutions, companies, private individuals and charitable foundations. Martin has been the compliance officer at two SEC Registered Advisors and has worked closely with the Compliance departments of life insurance companies in product compliance.
Martin graduated in Economics & Accounting (1992) and a Science degree in Chemistry (1990) from Flinders University in South Australia.
Christoph has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services sector. He is admitted to the bar of the Canton of Zurich and the State of New York.
At the beginning he worked as a lawyer in commercial law firms in New York and Zurich.
He then moved to the fiduciary department of the audit firm STG-Coopers & Lybrand, where he managed the trust and fiduciary units as a partner at the Zurich office and was responsible for legal & compliance for the fiduciary area in Geneva. This was followed by a position in the legal service of Credit Suisse Trust. This led to the taking over of the functional management of the financial planning units of the six private banks in the Business Area Private Banks of UBS Group. Christoph de Weck thereafter headed the Financial Planning business unit at Dresdner Bank (Schweiz) AG with teams in Zurich and Geneva. He then moved to the Morgan & Morgan Group in Zurich as General Counsel, where he was responsible for Legal & Compliance. This was followed by a position as Legal & Compliance Officer for the trust company of the Pictet Group in Geneva. For the last five years he worked as a member of the management team of Swiss Life (Liechtenstein) AG, where he was responsible for legal cases, compliance and data protection.
These activities gave him a comprehensive insight into the legal and compliance issues of financial planning, especially regarding the trust, fiduciary and insurance areas. His experience in Liechtenstein is particularly valuable in relation to the development of European law, which Switzerland is now increasingly taking over. He is familiar with the analysis of complex customer structures because he set up such structures himself and was responsible for the “client-onboarding” process. He is also very familiar with the cross-border issue, as he was confronted with this problem both in Switzerland for an external asset manager and in the EEA for an insurance company.
Christoph is trilingual and a member of STEP and the American Bar Association.
He has given lectures at STEP conferences and has published articles in specialist journals.
Alexander worked at Swiss Life (Liechtenstein) AG as Senior Compliance Officer from 2017 onwards, where he was responsible for the ongoing supervision of business relationships, the guideline and reporting systems and the internal control system (ICS). He acted as key contact point for external and internal audits and as interface between the management and operational employees for all compliance-related matters, and furthermore supervised the operational management of all US customer relationships in cooperation with SEC-regulated consultants.
Prior to his engagement at Swiss Life, Alexander worked for the international law firm DLA Piper in the field of tax & commercial sanctions law and advised financial institutions on government investigations into sanction violations. In addition, he took on leading positions in extensive compliance reviews (including eDiscovery Investigations) on US sanctions regulations and was responsible for the training and long-term management and supervision of over 90 external European lawyers.
Alexander completed his legal studies with honours at the University of Kent (LL.B.) and King’s College London (LL.M.).
Michaela has many years of professional experience in the compliance area in the Finance Industry and as a compliance consultant where she was responsible for the implementation of compliance outsourcing mandates for banks and asset managers.
In her previous roles she was in particular responsible for the implementation and preparation of internal directives, control procedures (ICS), process flows, trainings, KYC & AML checks, audit support and consulting.
She has several years of professional experience working with SEC regulated asset managers (SEC RIAs), was previously Chief Compliance Officer at SYZ Swiss Advisors, a Zürich based SEC adviser and has also worked for several years in the United States.
Michaela holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen (lic. oec. HSG). She also obtained the CAS Compliance Management and holds the Series 7, 66 & 31 licenses from FINRA (inactive).
Ray has over 25 years experience in financial services, gaining experience in Banking, Investment Management, Investment Advisory and Consulting. Ray started his career in retail banking with the National Westminster Bank in Jersey, Channel Islands before moving into Private Banking and holding relationship management positions with Chase Manhattan, Bank of America and UBS. Latterly he spent 5 years with Ashburton Investments looking after South African based clients.
After moving to Switzerland in 2006, Ray spent 9 years working for a boutique investment consultancy firm providing client advisory services to HNW trust clients, as well as risk management and portfolio monitoring services. During this time, Ray also acted as the compliance officer and was responsible for obtaining the South African Regulatory Licence. In 2015 Ray left to join a boutique asset management firm, where he also obtained their South African Regulatory licence, acting as Key Individual and compliance officer for this business. He also wrote and maintained the firm’s cross-border manual.
In 2018, Ray joined Deloitte where he led the team setting-up an investment consultancy function providing detailed investment consulting services to Family Offices, UHNW clients and Asset Managers
Ray is a Member of the International Compliance Association, having passed their International Diploma in Compliance Management, an Associate of the London Institute of Banking & Finance (Cert.CIB) and a Member of the Securities Institute.
Susi has over 10 years of working experience with SEC registered financial advisers and has registered various investment advisers with the SEC and helped them to implement and keep up-dated a SEC-conform compliance program. She has also conducted various Compliance reviews and assessments of investment adviser’s compliance programs.
Prior to working for Vanderbrook & Co. she set up a financial advisor where her responsibilities included implementation of compliance program (policies and procedures), suitable client documentation and adequate IT infrastructure as well as operational processes.
Previously, Susi was a member of the project team in charge of test management prior to setting up a mid-sized SEC unit. Consequently, she took over the function as Chief Operation Officer (Director) becoming a Member of the Executive Team. This position also encompassed to develop, install and run an IRS-conform US TAX reporting.
Previous professional experience include consulting and project management in various areas.
Susi loves to travel and to climb (high) mountains especially in South America.