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BANKING SECRECY AND PRIVATE BANKING IN AUSTRIA Michael Blin Senior Vice President Private Banking Austria – a good environment for Private Banking Location in the heart of Europe Political and economic stability Limited tax liability for non-residents


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Michael Blin

Senior Vice President Private Banking

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Austria – a good environment for Private Banking

  • Location in the heart of Europe

  • Political and economic stability

  • Limited tax liability for non-residents

  • Austrian Banking Laws and Supervision

  • Stringent liquidity requirements and deposit protection for Banks

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Banking Secrecy in Austria:

  • Legal Basis: §38 BWG ranking as a constitutional law

  • Violation: Criminal offence

  • Release: Order of an Austrian Court in context of Criminal Proceedings

  • Foreign Inquiry: By way of Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements via Diplomatic channels, Material check, whether legal protection is equivalent. Preliminary check whether findings present material evidence

  • Taxation: No release of data, EU withholding tax is disbursed in bulk to the Tax Authorities of the resident country of the account holder.

The Banking Secrecy in Austria is considered a classic liberal achievement!

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Comparison - Banking Secrecy in Germany:

  • Legal Basis: Contractual Obligation between the Client and the Bank, Legal Regulations refer to Banking Secrecy

  • Violation: Disciplinary Offense, Violation of contract, Liability for Damages

  • Release: “Kontenabruf” - Master Data released online via BAFin to various Government Agencies

  • Foreign Inquiry: By way of Administrative Assistance Agreements on the level of Government Agencies and Tax Authorities

  • Taxation: Release of Master Data, realised Capital Gains and Interest Income, EU withholding tax is disbursed directly to the Tax Authorities of the resident country of the account holder.

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Comparison - Banking Secrecy in Switzerland:

  • Legal Basis: BankG Article 47 (similar to professional secrecy of doctors), amendable by Referendum only

  • Violation: Criminal Offense, Liability for Damages

  • Release: The Bank may release data in case of suspicious activities, Order of a Swiss Court in context of criminal, civil or administrative (incl. tax) proceedings

  • Foreign Inquiry: By way of Administrative Assistance Agreements for Tax Fraud but not for Tax Evasion (sic!), Tax Authorities may pass on information.

  • Taxation: Withholding tax is disbursed directly to the Tax Authorities, Foreign nationals are taxed, part of these are disbursed to the resident country of the account holder.

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Data Security

  • Electronic Data Protection: Chinese Walls, Access Protection, System Audits, etc.

  • Physical Data Protection: No external media, no download, no screenshots

  • Legal Data Protection: Bankers are bound to banking secrecy for lifetime – see above!

The protection of client information is based on trust.

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All Statistics, graphs and charts courtesy of Johannes Kepler Universität Linz,

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Types of Private Banks

Of the Austrian 55 Private Banks

  • 50% are independent

  • 20% are subsidiaries of larger banks

  • 30% are departments of financial institutions

The status of the Private Bank determines the client approach.

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Client Funds Management

  • Over 50% of the Private Banks manage EUR 1- 5 billion in client funds

  • 25% manage less than EUR 1 billion

  • 14% manage more than EUR 5 billion

  • 1 Bank manages over EUR 10 billion (EUR 26 billion in client funds)

Private Banks in Austria have grown 18.5% in client funds over the last 3-5 years.

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Growth in the past 3-5 years

Employees vs. Volume:

Number of Banks

Employee average growth

Volume average growth

Managed Wealth has increased faster than the number of employees over the past years.

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Banking Structure

Managed Assets:

85% of Private Banks manage less than EUR 5 billion in assets.

Clients and Employees:

50% of the Private Banks in Austria employ less than 18 client relationship managers and have less

than 1700 clients.

The Austrian Private Banking industry: many small, few large institutions.

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Banking Structure: Clients per CRM

Clients per Relationship Manager – the quality criterion!

CRMs manage from 20 to 500 clients.

There are large differences in the definition of Private Banking between different Banks.

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Client Breakdown

By Legal Structure:

  • Private clients 73%

  • Corporate/Trust clients 21%

  • Institutional clients 6%

    By Assets under Management:

  • Investment < 0.5 Mio. EUR 28%

  • EUR 0.5 - 10 Mio. EUR 44%

  • > 10 Mio. EUR 28%

  • Number of clients varies from 80 to 36,000!!

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Client Structure: Client Segmentation

Segmentation criteria selected by Banks:

Assets under Management

Need to delegate

Risk profile

Client behaviour

and needs

Client Profitability

Geographic factors


% Banks using this criterium

Assets Under Management is the most common client segmentation feature

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Client Breakdown

Country of Origin of Assets:

Total AUM

Foreign AUM

CEE is still not strongly represented but the fastest growing segment.

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Client Structure: Minimum Deposit

Average minimum wealth for varying specific services:

Increasing specialized services

Personal wealth management

Higher wealth dictates higher levels of sophistication of services.

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Client Structure: Minimum Deposit

No. of Banks

Minimum Deposit

  • 40% of the Banks require a minimum amount between EUR 150K and 300K

  • Minimum amount varies from < EUR 100,000 to EUR 5 million

  • The average minimum amount is EUR 500,000

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Investment Preferences in Austrian Private Banks

  • Bonds/Securities

  • Alternative investments and structured products

  • Equities

  • Cash

  • Real estate



  • Equities

  • Alternative investments and structured products

  • Bonds/securities

  • Real estate

  • Cash

Clients of Austrian Banks are more risk averse than the global average.

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Investment Instruments: the HNWI Portfolio

Austria – a conservative market:

% total investments




Real estate



Investment Instruments


Global average

Source/Quelle Daten: Capgemini/Merill Lynch: World Wealth Report 2006

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Austrian Private Banking Industry: Summary of Characteristics

  • Small institutions vs. larger groups

  • Growth industry of 18.5% per year for client funds

  • 20% of funds come from foreign markets

  • Central Eastern Europe accounts for 2.1% of the local Private Banking funds

  • The average entry-level account balance for Private Banking Services is EUR 150-300K

  • Increasing wealth demands increasing levels of services

  • 2/3 of the Private Banks offer between 40% to 80% third party products

  • Austrian Private Banks tend to be risk-averse wealth managers

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ANGLO IRISH BANK Characteristics

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Anglo Irish is… Characteristics

  • the People: A social minority combining the best qualities of two cultures

  • the Spirit: Recognizing opportunities and persuing them with intelligence, perseverance and skill

  • the Elite: The Anglo Irish formed the intellectual, political and economic leadership of Irish society for over 200 years (Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, the Duke of Wellington …).

Anglo Irish Bank: There is a difference.

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Business Activities Characteristics

  • Wealth Management

    • Custody

    • Advisory

    • Discretionary Management

  • Treasury

  • Fund Creation and Management

A straightforward business model and a clear focus create a high degree of specialisation.

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Anglo Irish Bank Wealth Management Vienna Characteristics

  • Portfolio Management services to Private Clients and Institutions

  • Emphasis on ‘best of breed’ investment instruments including our in-house funds

  • Expertise in alternative assets such as hedge funds, commodities and specialized investments

  • Focus on international Private clients

Application of the best available products to the client‘s individual targets.

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Private Banking – CEE Markets Characteristics

Marianna Moor

Greta Nedjalkova

Norbert Nagy

Silvia Konopkova

Lubomir Zavodny

Rafal Michalski

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Private Banking – CIS Markets Characteristics

Anzhela Gevorgyan

Svetlana Chekhova

Vadim Sinelnikov

Roberta Haas

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Anglo Irish Fund Management Characteristics

  • Anglo Irish Bond Funds AI Dollar Active Income Fund; AI Bond 09; AI Dollar Bond 09; AI Vorsorge; AI Active Income Fund

  • Anglo Irish Equity Funds AI Euroland Equity; AI UK Equity; AI Global Equity; AI Japan Equity; AI Global Assets Protect 3; AI Eastern Europe Assets Protect 3

  • Anglo Irish Funds of Funds AI Strategy Income EUR & USD; AI Strategy Balanced EUR & USD

  • 1 Special Fund

    All funds are subject to Austrian Fund Legislation

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Why ANGLO IRISH BANK? Characteristics

  • The Entrepreneur’s Bank facilitating the allocation of capital between the enterprise and

    the Private sphere of the owner

  • The Investment Advisor combining the best of discrete European Wealth Management with leading international financial services

  • The Wealth Manager benchmarking the market‘s best investment products and applying them to the client’s investment goals

  • The Team covering Private Banking in 15 CEE markets in local language

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WINNER OF THE Characteristics




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