Meet our team
Master’s degree in Information Systems with specialisation in Geospatial data and analytics from Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and Certified in Amazon Web Services. Over 4 years of experience of software development with focus on the payment industry in an International context. Recently focused in Cloud computing as a Full-stack developer.
Holder of a licence to practise law in Belgium, Aurélie Anciaux began her career in corporate law at a law firm. She then worked as a Compliance Officer at a holding company of an international banking group and at private banks in Belgium and Switzerland.
Aurélie also gained experience of regulatory consult ing while working at a large audit firm and is the author of the following publications:
- Les options sur actions, l'obligation pour les associés de contribuer aux pertes et les pactes léonins, together with Olivier Clevenbergh (Revue de Droit Commercial Belge, December 2006)
- Rôle et responsabilités des Compliance Officers – Questions théoriques et pratiques (MiFID, questions spéciales, Larcier, 2010)
She was a teacher on the Belgian Compliance Officer Certification Program (CCO Certification Program) and gave a speech during a conference on MiFID organised by the Economic Law Unit of the Free University of Brussels.
At BRP, Aurélie is mainly active in the field of advice and training for financial institutions. She is also responsible for the Legal Advisors team in Geneva.
Catherine Annen comes from a commercial background and has more than 30 years of experience, having worked as a Sales Administrative Assistant for several different Swiss and international companies.
She joined BRP SA as administrative support to our Organisational department.
Miro-Ivan Arapovic is a Swiss qualified lawyer and holder of a Master of Business Law from the University of Zurich. He started his career in an internationally renowned Zurich law firm, gained professional experience on banking projects and worked at a leading Swiss Bank as Legal Counsel Latin America.
At BRP, Miro-Ivan acts as legal advisor and is mainly responsible for creating and updating country manuals.
Holder of a Master’s degree in law from the University of Fribourg and Master’s degree in public relations from the University of Stirling.
More than 10 years of experience in project management both as product owner and special project team lead in the chemical industry. During two years as project coordinator at BRP Bizzozero & Partners SA, Marie implemented the BRP Platform, the client interface to access BRP products. She then joined Indigita participating to the company set up as Business services head. It led her to managing positions starting as Managing director, then deputy CEO.
Today Marie oversees the development of synergies across the BRP Group as head of transversal projects.
Axel is known for his intelligence and dedication. He began his mascot career at BRP Geneva on 1st November 2019. Thanks to him, the sofas on the premises are much more regularly used. As a sociable animal, Axel strengthens team bonds and cohesion. He is also very affectionate, but sometimes a bit clingy! Axel is always looking for the company of an employee. He constantly wants to be involved in the activities of the office, whether he is watching others work or forcing someone to take him out. If you run into him, be firm and consistent in your requests if you do not want him to take advantage of your kindness.
Axel is also the brother of two ragdolls cats...
A Doctor of Law and holder of a lawyer’s license in Germany, Jorun Baumgartner has more than 15 years of experience in international and commercial law, having worked as a legal advisor and practitioner in a law firm, in the private sector, in international organisations and in academia. She also holds a CAS in Financial Services from the University of St. Gallen and a Data Protection Officer certification.
She is the author of several publications, including:
- Baumgartner: Investor nationality and the definition of investment: policy options to limit the practice of ‘treaty shopping’ (Chaisse: China-European Union Investment Relationships, Towards a new leadership in global investment governance?, Edward Elgar Publishing blog, 2018)
- Baumgartner: Treaty Shopping in international investment law (Oxford University Press, 2016)
- Ziegler, Baumgartner: The Tax Controversy between Switzerland and the European Union relating to the 1972 Free Trade Agreement (Schulthess: Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), Impact for European and international tax policy, Danon, 2016)
- Ziegler Baumgartner: Good faith as a general principle of (international) law(Mitchell, Sornarajah, Voon: Good Faith and International Economic Law, Oxford University Press, 2015)
- Ziegler, Baumgartner: Vor Art. 264b, Art. 264c Chap., 264c, 264d, 264g, 264h, 264j, 264n (Vest, Ziegler, Lindenmann, Wehrenberg: Die Völkerstrafrechtlichen Bestimmungen des StGB, Dike, Zurich, 2014)
At BRP, Jorun creates, updates and/or coordinates the update of Country Manuals Private Banking of various jurisdictions as well as of Country Manuals Credits. She also provides advice and training to clients.
Donya Bellon is in the final year of an apprenticeship as a commercial employee, with the integrated vocational maturity. Her hobbies are hiking, reading and TV series.
She joined BRP SA as administrative support to our Organisational department.
A licensed lawyer with a doctorate in law, Alessandro has more than 30 years of experience in the banking and regulatory field, in roles such as Deputy Director of the Authorization department at the Swiss Federal Banking Commission (now FINMA), Director at PWC Switzerland, and Head of Group Compliance at an international banking group.
A former Director of the CAS in Compliance Management course and lecturer at the University of Geneva, he still teaches at HEG ARC in Neuchâtel, as well as on the CAS in Compliance Management course in Geneva and at the Centro Studi Villa Negroni in Lugano. In addition, he often facilitates seminars and gives speeches on several regulatory topics, in Switzerland and aboard.
He is also the author of several publications, including:
- Bizzozero: Le contrat de gérance de fortune (thesis, 1993)
- Collective work: Le monde et la pratique bancaires suisses (1995)
- Bizzozero: Situation juridique de la banque relativement à l’activité d’un gérant indépendant
(Thévenoz, Journée 1996 de droit bancaire et financier, 1996)
- Bizzozero, Zufferey: Le champ d’application de la Loi fédérale sur les fonds de placement.
(Aktuelle Juristische Praxis AJP, N°1 1996)
- Zufferey, Bizzozero, Piaget: Qui est négociant en valeurs mobilières ? (co-author, 1997)
- Bizzozero: La legge federale sulle banche
(Bernasconi, Choppard: Novità legislative per le attività bancarie svizzere, 1997)
- Bizzozero: Investment funds with special risks (Banco News No 3, 1997)
- Bizzozero: Gli interventi della Commissione federale delle banche in merito alla gestione patrimoniale
(Chopard: Sulla gestione patrimoniale, 1997)
- Bizzozero: Les gérants de fortune au regard de la loi fédérale sur les bourses et le commerce de valeurs mobilières (Bulletin ASG No 38, 1998)
- Bizzozero: LBVM – Dispositions transitoires pour les négociants (Der Schweizerischer Treuhänder Nos 6-7, 1998)
- Bizzozero: Les interventions urgentes de la Commission fédérale des banques (Bernasconi, Choppard: Mesures provisionnelles et judiciaires administratives, 1999)
- Bizzozero, Fehlmann: Le regole del gioco (Ticino Management, 2000)
- Bizzozero: Gestion de fortune : Risques de violation de normes prudentielles (Bernasconi, Choppard: Responsabilités légales dans la gestion de fortune, 2001)
- Collective work: Droit de la concurrence (Commentaire romand, 2002)
- Bizzozero, Berclaz: The new Swiss Ordinance on the Prevention of Money Laundering (Swiss Derivatives Review, No 24, 2004)
- Bizzozero: Le projet de circulaire CFB sur le contrôle et la surveillance internes (Journée 2005 de droit bancaire et financier, 2006)
- Gianella, Bizzozero: Obblighi di diligenza nella relazione con la clientela (Erez, Nasciutti: Compliance Management, una guida per il settore finanziario, 2009)
- Bizzozero: Directive sur les gestionnaires de fonds d’investissement alternatifs (Journée 2009 de droit bancaire et financier, 2010)
- Bizzozero, Robinson: Activités financières cross-border vers et depuis la Suisse, 2010
- Bizzozero, Maillard: Gérants indépendants – Gestion des risques par la banque dépositaire, 2013
- Bizzozero: Obligations d'éclaircir et de corroborer au regard des règles anti-blanchiment (Blanchiment d'argent, Genève, Schulthess, 2014, pages 139-152)
- Bizzozero: Le démarchage de l’établissement de relations d’affaires (Services financiers: Suisse et Union européenne, Geneva, Zurich, Basel, 2016, pages 43-79)
- Bizzozero, McGrant, Bartels: After Brexit – Cross-border financial services from the UK into the EU, Zurich, Basel, Geneva, 2017
- Bizzozero, Falletti, Meregalli Do Duc: Le mandat de gestion de fortune, Zurich, Basel, Geneva, 2017
- Bizzozero, Maillard: Organisation appropriée (Erez Giorgietti: Compliance 5.0, Vezia, Basel, 2019, page 73 et seq)
Alessandro is a member of the Boards and Audit and Risks Committees of several banks and financial institutions in Geneva, Lugano and Beirut.
MBA from the University of Lugano and Master’s degree in instructional design. Further professional certifications in the e-learning domain. More than 15 years of experience in the Banking industry, covering positions as market data manager, senior security governance officer and HR senior trainer with e-learning responsibilities.
Holder of a license in business administration from the University of Bern, Daria has over 20 years of experience as a manager in the Governance, Risk and Compliance domain, gained in a bank operating internationally in Private Banking.
At BRP, Daria is mainly active in creating and updating Private Banking Country Manuals.
Claire Capdevielle holds a graduate degree in Management and Corporate Organisation and has strong international experience in project management. Her entrepreneurial spirit and global vision led her to join BRP as a Marketing & Communication Project Manager and as an Executive Assistant.
Claire is also secretary to the Board of Directors of BRP Bizzozero and Partners SA and BRP Tax, as well as to the Board of Directors of Indigita SA.
Degree in Industrial Design from the University of Genoa and over 6 years of international experience of Instructional Design in Italy, Malta and Switzerland. Thanks to her passion about graphics and telling stories through creative tools, Federica developed rich expertise in digital training environment with a focus on creation of e-learning courses and in visual and interaction design.
Master’s degree in Mathematics from both Stanford University and EPFL, Désirée Cotture started her professional career at Indigita in 2016. She started as a consultant and after 2 years, became Production Team Leader on top of her previous responsibilities. She then evolved into Product Owner and Senior Business Analyst, managing Product Development, Planning, and Communication between team and various stakeholders. She completed two agile certifications, Professional Scrum Master (2019) and Professional Scrum Product Owner (2020).
Currently, Désirée is Chief of Staff at Indigita, in charge of internal Strategy and Organisation, and Product Development.
MBA from the IMD business school and degree in economics from LUISS University of Rome. Over 15 years of experience in the banking and consulting industry where he held various management positions in the fields of business development, marketing, governance, audit, special projects, risk management and compliance. Former Chief Commercial Officer and Secretary General of a Geneva-based banking group, COO of a digital identity provider and Senior Project Manager at BRP Bizzozero & Partners SA.
Caroline Dessimoz is a Swiss lawyer and holds an LLM in Tax from the University of Geneva. After passing the bar exam in June 2011, she practised as an Associate and then as a Partner at Fedele Dessimoz & Associés in Geneva, where she advised and assisted her clients in various procedures, notably in the fields of commercial, civil and tax law.
In December 2016, Caroline obtained an LLM in Tax from the University of Geneva, graduating with a distinction, and decided to focus her career on the field of tax law.
Caroline joined BRP Tax on 1 March 2019 as Tax Lawyer.
Dutto Maria Luisa
Holder of a licence to practise law in Argentina and a Master’s Degree in Business Law (LLM), Luisa Dutto has more than 20 years of experience, including 15 years in the banking and regulatory field.
She first worked in two internationally renowned law firms in Argentina, where she gained general practice experience in the fields of commercial, contract and private law. Luisa then moved to Switzerland, where she worked in the legal departments of two large Swiss banks and was responsible for the legal coverage of their private banking business in Latin America.
She has also worked in the Singapore office of an Australian law firm and in a prominent international business group headquartered in Singapore. There, Luisa was responsible for compliance matters related to portfolio management of the group for investments in the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. Furthermore she supported the legal function in investment projects relating to those regions.
During 2005 and 2006 Luisa was a professor at the University of Buenos Aires and at Philadelphia College for Advanced Studies – ESEADE University Institute, Buenos Aires.
Luisa Dutto worked at the Singapore office of BRP before joining the Zurich office. She is currently responsible for creating and updating Country Manuals for Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America, and advises and provides training on cross-border matters for clients in the jurisdictions covered.
A lawyer licensed in Italy, Donatella Favalli spent a number of years working in an international law firm before joining an Italian multinational corporation as a corporate lawyer. Since 2006 she has been working in Switzerland and has accumulated wide-ranging experience of both the legal and compliance aspects of the banking sector, initially as a Senior Legal Officer at a leading banking group, and later as Head of the Legal and Compliance unit of a securities dealer. Prior to joining BRP, she was a member of the Executive Committee of a Swiss bank in the management role of supervisor of the legal and compliance function.
At BRP she is main e-Learning content expert and Head of Lugano branch
She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the CAS Compliance in Financial Services programme at the Centro Studi Villa Negroni in Lugano and responsible for the M1 regulatory framework of the course, where she co-teaches with Alessandro Bizzozero. She is member of the Working Group 5 Ticino (GT5) Committee of the Groupement des Compliance Officers (GCO) Association.
She is author of the following publication:
- Favalli: Rapporto tra funzione legale e funzione compliance (Erez, Giorgietti, Compliance 5.0, Vezia, Basel 2019, p. 157 et seq.)
Jean-Marc Favre is a Swiss Chartered Public Accountant with a degree from the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) of the University of Lausanne.
Jean-Marc Favre has over 30 years of experience in financial audit and first-hand experience of operational and technical issues connected with taxation. He began his career with one of the ‘Big Four’, and later worked for financial institutions in Switzerland.
After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Law, Patrick Genazzi began his career in the Regulatory department of a major audit firm. He then worked for six years in an international bank, where he was in charge of compliance for the Trading and Asset Management department and was responsible for the Group’s regulatory projects.
Patrick is the CEO of BRP Bizzozero & Partners SA. He is in charge of the company’s Technological development and specialises in the implementation of FinSA and MiFID projects.
He is a member of the Board of BPR Tax SA, a company specialising in cross-border tax issues.
Patrick regularly gives public lectures on current regulatory topics, mainly on cross-border regulation, FinSA, MiFID I and IDD. He is also a member of the SFAA Expert Commission in Wealth Management.
Aline Gisiger is a chartered expert in financial and managerial accounting and reporting, and holder of a Swiss federal certification as a finance and accounting specialist.
Aline started her career working for a leading accounting firm, in charge of various audit mandate mainly in the Service industry. She then joined BRP to set up and manage the Finance department of the company, leading her to oversee the Group account and financial operations.
Aline has been appointed Partner in 2020.
In her constant willingness to develops internal expertise and competencies, as well as sharing her knowledge, she additionally acts as apprentices trainer.
Aline Gisiger is currently in charge of the accounting, finance, tax and HR issues of BRP Group.
Górski Krzysztof Adam
Krzysztof Adam Górski holds a Master of Law from the University of Zurich and an LL.M. from KU Leuven. In parallel to his legal studies, Krzysztof did a number of internships at the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Institute of Public Administration. Before joining BRP he was working as an in-house legal counsel for a Swiss company in the field of technology and financial innovation.
With a commercial background and solid experience in the field of international trading in commodities (grains, pulses and coffee), Isabelle Grillard has held several positions as an Administrative and Commercial Assistant for Swiss and international companies.
She joined BRP SA as administrative support to our Organisational department.
A Swiss-qualified lawyer, Annette Hafner started her career in an internationally renowned Geneva-based law firm in the fields of financial and business law. She then worked for the Swiss Ministry of Finance, and in both the Public Policy and the Private Banking departments of a leading Swiss bank.
Before joining BRP’s office in Zurich, Annette worked at the Swiss Secretariat of State for International Financial Matters, where she was mainly responsible for matters related to market access to the European Union and EU regulation.
In addition, Annette has extensive experience of working abroad. She worked for one of the most prestigious law firms in Montreal, Canada, and as Counsel to the Washington State Government in the United States. Annette also spent several years as a Legal Counsel and Expert in comparative law for the Chilean Parliament in Valparaiso, Chile.
At BRP, Annette Hafner’s focus lies on cross-border matters in relation to the member states of the European Union and other European countries. She provides advice as well as training, and coordinates the updating of the different Country Manuals. Annette also covers parts of Latin America and Asia. In addition, based on her qualification as a Swiss attorney, Annette provides legal advice to clients regarding Swiss law and writes opinions for BRP’s Swiss Regulatory Library.
She is also the author of several publications, including:
- Various publications issued by the Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile, among others:
- Hafner: Interpelación parlamentaria. Análisis desde diferentes sistemas de gobierno
(Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile, December 2018
- Hafner: El negacionismo en la legislación comparada
(Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile, March 2014)
- Hafner: Terminología en torno a la unión civil en el mundo – Derecho comparado
(Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile, May 2014)
- Hafner: La protección de los derechos económicos, sociales y culturales en la Constitución – Derecho comparado (Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile, June 2014)
- Hafner: El negacionismo en la legislación comparada
- Hafner, David. S Geber: Optimale regulatorische Rahmenbedingungen für den Finanzplatz Schweiz – ein Überblick (Die Volkswirtschaft, November 2006)
- Hafner: Transparenz als Basis optimaler Finanzmarktregulierung (Die Volkswirtschaft 3-2005)
Master of Science in Communication Systems with a specialisation in Information Security from EPFL. Several years of experience as Project and IT manager at the Junior Entreprise EPFL – an IT consulting firm for SMEs. Alongside his studies, Nabil started his career in private banking with a focus on network security, including development of applications for asset managers. In 2016, he joined Indigita as Associate Consultant and evolved to a double role of Senior Consultant and Partnerships Manager.
Currently at Indigita, Nabil is responsible of the Clients Delivery department as well as partnerships.
For more than seven years Rolf Haudenschild has acted as a Compliance Consultant to financial institutions in Singapore. Originally from Switzerland, he gained some experience in corporate governance at the headquarters of UBS before joining the Swiss financial regulator (the Swiss Federal Banking Commission, now FINMA), followed by a short stint in compliance at Bank of Singapore.
Having originally trained and qualified as a lawyer in Switzerland, Rolf also has an LLM in International Financial Law from King’s College London. He is a member of the RegTech Sub-Committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and frequently makes presentations on training courses and speaks on the subject of compliance at public conferences.
In addition to articles on social media, Rolf is an author of the following publications:
- Haudenschild: Das Depotstimmrecht (‘The proxy voting’) (www.swisslex.ch, 2003)
- Haudenschild: Revision der internationalen Amtshilfebestimmungen im Börsenbereich (‘Amendment of the rules on international administrative assistance in securities law’) (Die Volkswirtschaft, co-author, 2006)
Holder of a law degree from the University of Liège in Belgium and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Cambridge University, Alain has acquired a vast knowledge of international banking, with more than 35 years’ experience in Luxembourg, Switzerland and Belgium. During this time he mainly headed Legal and Compliance functions, but he was also a member of the Executive Management Boards and Secretary General of several banks. Having spent almost 20 years with a leading Swiss banking group and five years as General Counsel with the Luxembourg Bankers’ Association (ABBL), he has solid working experience of cross-border matters since the years 2000.
Alain has provided numerous internal education sessions, and has often facilitated external seminars and given speeches on compliance-related matters. Alain is also one of the founding members of the Association of Luxembourg Compliance Officers (ALCO), and for ten years he has led the ABBL Professional Obligations Committee, which produced and updated the bankers’ vade mecum for AML/CFT in Luxembourg.
As a Non-Executive Director, he is an independent member of the Boards of a number of start-up companies in the financial industry.
Holder of a licence to practise law and a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Zurich, Martin Horni started his career in private and business law at an interdisciplinary law firm in Wil, in the Canton of St. Gallen. He then joined the Legal and Compliance department of a leading Swiss retail banking group, where he dealt with legal issues relating to tax compliance. His responsibilities included the group-wide implementation of processes in relation to the fulfilment of the requirements in connection with the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) and the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
At BRP, Martin Horni acts as a Legal Advisor on regulatory aspects of financial product distribution and asset management as well as creating and updating the Country Manuals.
He is also the author of the following publications:
- King, Horni, Grebe: §35 Sorgfaltspflichten in: Zweifel, Beusch, Oesterhelt (Hrsg.), Kommentar zum Schweizerischen Steuerrecht, Amtshilfe, Basel 2020
- Horni: Tax Update: Aktuelle Entwicklungen beim AIA (Online publication, Kalaidos Blog, https://www.kalaidos-fh.ch/de-CH/Blogs/Posts/2019/01/sr-1151-Tax-Update-Automatischer-Informationsaustausch-AIA-aktuelle-Entwicklungen, 14 January 2019)
- Horni, Winiger: Interview: Automatischer Informationsaustausch (online publication, Kalaidos Blog, https://www.kalaidos-fh.ch/de-CH/Blogs/Posts/2019/01/sr-1152-Interview-Automatischer-Informationsaustausch-Winiger-Horni, 21 January 2019)
Master’s degree in Bioengineering with a specialization in Biological Engineering from Engineering Faculty and Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, both at the University of Porto. Over 4 years of experience as a quality assurance and software tester in several fields such as telecommunications, banks and payment services, utilities, and the pharmaceutical industry (international context). Recently focused on the development and improvement of automation tests.
Stéphane is currently studying for a Master's degree in law at the University of Fribourg, focusing on public law, mainly banking and tax law.
Before starting his university career, he completed his training as a militia officer in the Swiss Army and then perfected his English for more than two months in England. He then completed his Bachelor's degree in law at the University of Fribourg while working in various associations. In addition, he completed various legal internships in Fribourg during the summer breaks, in particular with law firms and notaries' offices and with the Public Prosecutor's Office.
Holder of a licence to practise law from the High Court of Zurich, Benjamin Kurmann has more than fifteen years of experience in the legal industry.
He qualified as a Master of Law (lic. iur.) at the University of Zurich and as an Executive Master of European and International Business Law (E.M.B.L-HSG) at the University of St. Gallen.
He started his career in a renowned Zurich-based law firm in the fields of business law, company law, banking law and private law. He then joined the Private Banking department of a leading Swiss bank, advising clients on legal matters and succession planning in a Swiss and international environment.
At BRP, Benjamin Kurmann advises banks and financial intermediaries and provides training in cross-border matters, specialising in the cross-border regulation of Eastern countries, as well as in matters of Swiss financial law. He also heads the Zurich branch.
Benjamin gives lectures at a number of recognised educational institutions, including the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich.
He is author of the following publication:
- Chancen und Risiken der grenzüberschreitenden kollektiven Wahrnehmung von Urheberrechten in der Europäischen Union (Baudenbacher, Kokott: Aktuelle Probleme des Europäischen und Internationalen Wirtschaftsrechts, vol. 13, St. Gallen, 2011)
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a certificate in French language and literature from the University of York, Glendon College in Toronto. Originally from Canada, Maxime moved to Switzerland seven years ago and started her career in finance with Ralph Lauren Europe. In 2017, she joined Indigita as part of the Production Department, being eventually promoted to Relationship Manager for Sales & Support.
Master of Science in engineering with specialisation in computer science and networks from the IMT Atlantique. 20 years of international experience in software development in various industries, such as research, logistics, administration, tax, insurance, e-commerce and risk management in Switzerland, France, Australia and Austria.
Master of Science in International Luxury & Brand Management from the ESC Rennes School of Business in France and Master of Arts in Public Relations from the Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University in Russia. Over 8 years of international experience in strategic and operational marketing, communications, and management of special projects with a focus on digital marketing in the IT and Banking industries in Russia, France and Switzerland.
A biologist by training, Ester Luzio is a holder of a DAS in Sustainable Management and a federal certification as Specialist in SME Management.
Ester joined BRP SA as Manager of Administration and the Secretariat function and she's Project Coordinator since September 2021.
She is also one of the authors of the following publications:
- Melanin-based colour polymorphism signals aggressive personality in nest and territory defence in the tawny owl (Strix aluco) (Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 67, pages 1041-1052, 2013, online publication)
Holder of a licence to practise law, Sophie Maillard obtained her Master of Law from the University of Fribourg, and started her career in the Compliance department of a large Swiss bank before joining the Swiss supervisory authority (the Federal Banking Commission, now FINMA). She specialises in the authorisation requirements for banks and securities dealers, and the relevant Swiss regulations.
Sophie teaches on the CAS Compliance Management course at the University of Geneva and at HEG Arc in Neuchâtel.
She is also the author of two publications:
- Bizzozero, Maillard: Gérants indépendants – Gestion des risques par la banque dépositaire, 2013
- Bizzozero, Maillard: Organisation appropriée (Erez, Giorgietti: Compliance 5.0, Vezia, Basel, 2019, page 73 et seq).
Sophie is a member of the Boards and Audit Committees of various financial intermediaries in Geneva.
Bachelor in Computational Science, with master's degree in Geometric And Visual Computing, at the Universitá della Svizzera Italiana. 5 years of experience in software development in the banking sector, first Portfolio management, then Cross Border regulations with BRP Bizzozzero & Partners SA. Bachelor’s degree in Computational Science and Master's degree in Geometric and Visual Computing from the Universitá della Svizzera Italiana. More than 5 years of experience in software development in the banking industry and as Full Stack Developer for a Portfolio Management application. Former professional background at BRP Bizzozero & Partners SA, with a successive shift to Indigita in 2016 as Software Developer.
Marquez Palgi Alexandra
Alexandra Marquez Palgi is a Spanish-qualified lawyer and holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the ICADE Business School (integral part of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Comillas Pontificial University Madrid, Spain).
Alexandra is a step member. She has over 18 years’ experience working in the Wealth, Tax and Legal departments of several prestigious banks in Switzerland and in the USA, focusing on Spain and many LATAM countries. She is a specialist in the field of taxation of financial products.
Alexandra joined BRP Tax in September 2019 as Director and Senior Tax Lawyer.
After a Maturity Diploma at the commercial school. Katia obtains a Bachelor at the HEG (Haute Ecole de Gestions) of Geneva. She gained her experience working as a Human resources assistant at Orbium for two years. In July 2016 Orbium proposed her to join the new adventure of Indigita creation. Katia started as Document Management Support and work since January 2020 as Team Lead Production. Bachelor’s degree from the HEG (Haute Ecole de Gestion) in Geneva and several years of professional experience as part of Human Resources at Orbium, a leading company in the world of finance and a parent company of Indigita. In 2016, Katia was proposed to join Indigita as Document Management Support and in January 2020, was promoted to Team Lead Production.
Mc Grand Richard
After studying chemistry at university, Richard McGrand became involved in financial services regulation. He worked as a Securities Regulator at the International Stock Exchange in London and at the Securities and Futures Authority for six years. Richard then moved into the industry and worked as a Compliance and AML Specialist for 17 years at a range of financial services institutions, including international banks and asset managers. He was the Compliance Lead for the UK operations of four different banks. Richard also had a three-year stint as a Regulatory Advisor specialising in conduct issues at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He has various industry qualifications including the Securities Industry Examination Diploma and the Registered Representative exam.
He has had an interest in cross-border activity since the late 1990s and was involved as an author of:
- Bizzozero, McGrand, Bartels: After Brexit – Cross-border financial services from the UK into the EU (Zurich, Basel, Geneva, 2017)
Holder of a licence to practise law, Yvar Mentha worked for a large private bank for over 20 years, first in the Legal department and then for 15 years in various executive asset management functions. Yvar was a member of the Board of the Swiss Funds Association (SFA) for 10 years and had a key role in representing Swiss private bankers on the revision of the Swiss Bankers Association’s Portfolio Management Guidelines.
At BRP, Yvar is principally in charge of providing advice in the field of collective and private asset management.
Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages applied to Economics. 15 years of experience as an export sales representative, in multinational companies based in Geneva, and in various activity fields such as cosmetic, industry, tobacco, and fashion. Joined the Document Management Support team at Indigita in November 2019.
Holder of a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa. Started his career as Software Developer in 2014 and since then participated in national and international projects in areas like telecommunications, governance, e-commerce and finance.
Picanço Hugo Gil
Hugo Gil is currently in a commercial apprenticeship at BRP since August 2020.
Hugo graduated from the ECG in 2019. His hobbies are sport, movies and music.
He plays basketball and English boxing.
Romain Potet is a Swiss certified tax expert. He holds a Master's degree in Engineering with a postgraduate MBA.
Over the last decade, he held multiple positions in the banking industry, where Romain’s client-oriented approach met with much success. He developed hard tax-based skills in a changing cross-border environment by implementing practical solutions to major tax-related issues that arose within the private banking sector. If international tax suitability and new tax transparency regulations are the key challenges of his activities, the digital transformation of the tax function has created a new playing field.
Romain was appointed CEO of BRP Tax with effect from 1 January 2019.
Ph.D. in Physics with 10 years of successful accomplishment in both academic research and digital consulting services. Alberto developed his career in top European research centers before focusing on innovative projects that leverage Artificial Intelligence to enhance business processes. Alberto has strong analytical skills and extensive experience handling, analyzing, and interpreting large datasets as well as leveraging a problem-solving mindset to develop innovative solutions.
He then went on to work in Asset Management as a quantitative portfolio manager and as an equity funds manager, before gaining a Masters in Risk Management. For the last 15 years he has worked on Risk and Compliance in banking institutions as Head of Risk and Chief Compliance Officer.
At BRP, Incoronato is acting as creating and maintaining Product Country Manuals.
After obtaining a degree in Economics and German literature, Daniel Scheinmann began his career in bank auditing and risk management. He has over 20 years’ experience in the field of compliance, having worked with two large banking institutions and as Chief Compliance Officer of a foreign bank subsidiary.
At BRP, Daniel’s main task is the creation and updating of Private Banking Country Manuals.
Confirmed experience in national and multinational companies, in various activity fields, of which 12 years in the financial sector as Real Estate Specialist and Head of Transactions and Administration at two Fund Management Companies.
Holder of a Translator’s Diploma (German, French, Italian) from the University of Saarland, Saarbrücken (D).
Joined BRP (50%) and Indigita (50%) in March 2021.
After reading law at the University of Sheffield, Karina Singh completed her academic qualification with a programme of advanced legal studies over two years in a large insurance company. She then continued her studies at London Law School, where she specialised as a commercial lawyer.
At BRP, Karina mainly focuses on creating and updating Private Banking Country Manuals.
Freshly graduated, Laura Vermeulen holds a Master’s degree of Science in Management with a specialization in Strategy, Organisation and Leadership from HEC Lausanne. During her academic cursi, Laura had the opportunity to do several internships in the FMCG, financial services and consulting industries. Currently, Laura pursues her professional career at Indigita SA as Junior Consultant within the Chief of Staff Unit and is working towards obtaining a Scrum Master certification.
Sharlene is a South African qualified lawyer and holds a Master’s Degree in Law. She has several years of experience in the fields of corporate and commercial law, having worked for major law firms and an investment management company in South Africa.
At BRP, Sharlene Westerwinter acts as Legal Advisor and is responsible for creating and updating Country Manuals, with a specific focus on sub-Saharan African countries.
Andrea Widmer holds a degree in International Relations (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies) from the University of Geneva. She worked as an in-house Compliance Officer for different banks in Switzerland, concentrating on AML regulations, for over five years. After obtaining her Diploma in Compliance Management Andrea joined the BRP SA team as Legal Advisor.
At BRP, Andrea mainly works on the production of Country Manuals as well as advising clients.
Holder of a Master degree in Political Economy from King’s College London and a Maser degree in Risk Management and Financial Regulation from Sciences Po Paris, he gained a first experience in the Risk Management Department of a Swiss bank. He then went on to work in the Private Banking Department as a Relationship Manager where he developed a strong interest in sustainable finance. In parallel, he was a lecturer in Economics and Finance at a French University.
At BRP, Jean-François is active with the Team Products and mainly focusing on Sustainable topics.