with NRS Treuhand and
Over the past 30 years, our work at swisspartners has been focused on our clients and their specific needs. And our recent merger with NRS Treuhand AG in Zurich and Decimo Immobilien AG in Rapperswil serves to continue that tradition. The merger means that we are now able to offer private clients and their businesses an even broader range of services, all from a single source – while also significantly expanding our capacity to serve our clients.
NRS Treuhand is being integrated into the swisspartners fiduciary services department, where Ralph P. Schuler, Marcel Ammann and Thomas Rutishauser now lead a team of approximately 20 employees. The newly expanded department provides our clients with an impressive range of services: tax consultancy, relocation services, accounting, payroll administration including advice on social security, business formation, succession planning and estate planning.
Meanwhile, the merger with Decimo Immobilien enhances both our capacity and the range of services we offer in the Zurich metropolitan area and around upper Lake Zurich. The new team – led by Ralph P. Schuler, Fabienne Decimo and Nadin Steiger – looks forward to serving our new and existing clients with property management, real estate fiduciary services, project planning, modernisations and renovations, and real estate brokerage from the offices in Zurich and Rapperswil.
“As a financial services provider, we have always taken a comprehensive approach to client services. Our merger with NRS Treuhand and Decimo Immobilien allows us to take this approach to the next level,” summarises Markus Wintsch, CEO swisspartners Group. “Fostering close relationships with our clients is one of our core values. The increasing digitisation and automation in the fiduciary, real estate and asset management industries means that clients are demanding ever-higher levels of service. By expanding our teams and their cumulative expertise, we can offer even better, more tailored, technology-backed services and solutions for private individuals and their businesses in Switzerland and Europe”, Wintsch explains, listing a few of the advantages of the merger.
Ralph P. Schuler is at the helm of the Business Unit Fiduciary Services Switzerland. Following the merger, the unit now includes NRS Treuhand and Decimo Immobilien along with swisspartners Wealth Services. We spoke with the leaders of the three companies about the merger.
The merger brings together two state-of-the-art teams with exceedingly qualified experts in the areas of fiduciary services and real estate. As a result, we have significantly increased our capacity to help our clients with complex issues and needs.
We have expanded our range of fiduciary services to include accounting, more comprehensive advice on social security, payroll administration and complex business restructuring. In the real estate division, Decimo Immobilien’s complete range of services is now available: property management, real estate fiduciary services, project planning, modernisations and renovations, as well as real estate brokerage from the offices in Zurich and Rapperswil. Overall, the merger makes us fitter for the future – especially in terms of digitisation and automation. This not only helps us better serve our existing clients, but to meet the needs of the next generation as well.
While exploring our options, we intentionally looked for companies whose corporate culture fit well with that of swisspartners. Both NRS Treuhand and Decimo Immobilien met that requirement. Now we just have to make sure that our clients can enjoy the full benefit of our enhanced knowledge. To that end we have created specialised teams who are ensuring that the employees can share their knowledge and expertise as effectively as possible.
As a one-stop shop, we want to provide our clients with the best possible advice at all times, as well as taking a multidisciplinary approach to finding solutions for complex issues.“
Ralph P. Schuler
As a one-stop shop, swisspartners aims to be Switzerland’s – and especially the Zurich metropolitan area’s – leading provider for our entire range of services. With the merger, our key goal is to be able to provide our clients with the best possible advice at all times, and to take a multidisciplinary approach to finding solutions for complex issues.
It opens up some exciting opportunities for both our clients and our employees. Each company brings their individual areas of expertise to the table, which allows us to provide our clients with an exceedingly high level of service. We’re already seeing an increase in knowledge sharing. On the one side, we have swisspartners’ asset managers, tax experts and real estate experts, along with the legal department. On the other side, there’s NRS with its range of services in the fields of accounting and annual financial statements, value added tax, payroll administration, payroll and social security, as well as business and tax consultancy services.
We can now offer an extended range of services in-house, which is very beneficial. For example, existing NRS clients can take advantage of the additional expertise in the fields of tax and estate planning, while swisspartners clients benefit from NRS’s experience with fiduciary services, payroll processing and business consulting.
For our clients, not much has changed. They still have the same contact person, and we will continue working with two consultants in line with the proven 4-eyes principle. Since the NRS team has moved to Schanzengraben, our client meetings will be held there from now on – and we have new email addresses and telephone numbers. Our clients have already given us a great deal of positive feedback about the merger.
Both swisspartners and NRS have a corporate culture based on mutual support. In that regard we are very much in alignment. In other areas, we will seek to combine the best elements that each company’s culture has to offer. Our move to Schanzengraben is making it easier to get to know each other and to collaborate. And, of course, we also take part in the swisspartners’ team events, which is helping the two teams integrate as quickly as possible.
The merger is a challenge for everyone – in a positive sense. Together, we are entering uncharted territory. The expanded range of services offers a host of benefits for our clients. And for my father, the former owner of Decimo Immobilien AG, it means that we have found a good, solid succession solution.
“All-in-one” is the right term here. Our clients can now enjoy the best of both worlds: Decimo Immobilien AG’s proven offerings alongside swisspartners’ appealing, professional service package – which includes things like asset management or fiduciary services, should the need arise.
Ensuring good communication throughout the integration process is crucial. The digital and automated processes need to be seamlessly integrated, which requires the skills of our IT experts.
Ensuring good communication throughout the integration process is crucial.“
As I see it, communication plays a crucial role here, too. We are committed to always communicating openly. The fact that the Decimo team will be staying in the Rapperswil offices makes that especially important. I am looking forward to working with swisspartners and putting their ideas into practice in the coming months.
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