Brief Overview of Organization
Founded in 1834, Berner Kantonalbank (BEKB) is a Swiss universal bank that focuses its activities on two core business areas: business with private and corporate customers, especially SMEs, and asset management and investment advisory services for private and institutional investors. It offers a broad range of services, including account products in the areas of savings, investments and retirement planning, as well as payment, debit and credit cards, and credit products such as mortgages and loans, overdrafts and fixed advances. In the area of investment advice and management, all standard investment products in the major currencies are offered, as well as the associated supporting products and services, such as comprehensive financial planning. The bank does not engage in any significant investment banking activities.
BEKB’s activities are focused on the cantons of Berne and Solothurn and the immediately adjacent economic areas, covered by a dense network of around 80 locations. Residential construction financing via cooperation partners, digital offerings and the investment client business are available to customers throughout Switzerland. The bank employs over 1200 people. The shareholder base is broadly diversified, with the canton of Berne holding 51.5 percent of the shares.