Starting your own business

  • Setting up pension plans that meet your needs,
  • Carefully mapping out your cash-flow needs,
  • Developing the right financing strategy.

Creating and growing a successful company takes more than just a great idea. You will also be responsible for the legal, tax and administrative burden of your start-up. That’s where we come in. We can provide you with the support you need through our in-house experts and trusted external service providers. They will also see to it that your business venture aligns seamlessly with your wealth strategy.

Nou vous conseillons tout au long du lancement de votre entreprise

We will be there to guide and advise you through the key stages of your business venture – from the formalities of creating a company to valuing your business as you prepare to hand it over. We pay particular attention to financial planning and pension strategies.

According to 2013 census figures, more than 1,000 companies were created in Geneva Canton that year.
In 2015, according to the website, 37.4% of new Swiss companies were registered as limited liability companies (Sàrl), 32.4% as sole proprietorships and 21.4% as corporations (SA).
In 2016, the Canton of Vaud supported tech start-ups and SMEs/SMIs in the growth phase with 20 million Swiss francs in funding.

Case study

One of our clients, a 45-year-old professional, decided to become a sole proprietor and planned to draw on his occupational pension savings for funding. Our advisors informed him of some of the constraints of starting a business. Not only did the company name have to include his own last name, but if he used any pension assets, the amount withdrawn would be taxed immediately, albeit at a lower rate. He chose instead to secure funding in other ways. As his business grows, he knows he can count on our continued support.

Lancez votre start-up.


The success of a business venture depends in large part on how much effort went into the planning process.


As you set up and grow your company, it is crucial to track the impact it has on your wealth and tax situation.


Your business venture must be in line with your personal interests and goals. And it must boost – not undermine – your wealth strategy.


Your company may need to acquire land or a building. But before you sign on the dotted line, we will make sure you aren’t better off acquiring the property in your own name.

Here’s how we can help you to achieve your life goals

We will sit down with you and analyse your wealth situation: your finances, your current needs and your life goals. We will then come up with a comprehensive solution aimed at optimising your financial and tax situation.


Piguet Galland
private bankers since 1856

Piguet Galland was created from the merger of two longstanding private banks. As part of BCV Group, we are able to draw on the expertise of a large banking group.


Our teams move to our new Pléiades building in Geneva.


BCV Group buys Banque Franck, Galland & Cie SA.

Banque Franck acquires Banque Galland in Lausanne and becomes Franck, Galland & Cie SA.


Banque Cantonale Vaudoise takes a majority stake in Banque Piguet & Cie, which is then incorporated.

Mobilier conçu dans les années 30 et dessiné par Franck Lloyd Wright

Alain Franck fonde la Banque Franck à Genève.

Banque Galland

Alfred Galland founds Galland & Landis in Lausanne.

Banque Piguet

Alfred Piguet marries Louis Michod's daughter, and Banque Michod becomes Banque Alfred Piguet & Cie.


Banque Michod, the first private bank in Yverdon-les-Bains, is founded.

Others life goals

Life goal
Optimising the financial aspects of your company

Optimising the financial aspects of your company

Our experts can help your company to achieve its full potential. Working together with outside experts as necessary, they will help you to set up the right financial structure and optimise its tax situation.

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Life goal
Business succession

Business succession

As a business owner, you seek to create value through recurring revenues and, eventually, by selling your company for a profit.

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Life goal
Keeping up your standard of living during retirement

Keeping up your standard of living during retirement

We will advise you on how best to structure your wealth in order to build up your savings prior to retirement. We can, for instance, help you find the right balance between ensuring you have a regular stream of income throughout retirement and keeping long-term reserve capital intact.

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