In autumn 2012, the daily Zurich-based broadsheet Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) organised a two-day capital market conference for an international audience in Zurich’s Kongresshaus. Numerous decision-makers and big hitters from the financial markets gave addresses on the leitmotif of “Key Decisions for Tomorrow” – for example Walter B. Kielholz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Swiss Re, Thomas J. Jordan, President of the Swiss National Bank and Luc Frieden, Finance Minister of Luxembourg, to name just a few.
The event focused on economic development, the challenges facing the international capital markets and, last but not least, the role of the Swiss financial centre. Moreover, it focused specifically on the challenges facing Swiss-based multinationals in the current global competitive environment.
Following the great success of the first NZZ Capital Market Forum, the concept for establishing the conference as a leading national event in the financial centres and capital markets space was refined further. Since 2014, NZZ Konferenzen AG, a subsidiary of the NZZ Media Group, has organised this one-day conference under the brand name of the NZZ Swiss International Finance Forum (NZZ SIFF).
With its NZZ Swiss International Finance Forum, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ has succeeded in establishing a leading international conference for the financial and capital markets. What sets this high-calibre event featuring keynote speeches, panel discussions and in-depth parallel sessions apart from other conferences is its carefully curated conference programme, first-class participants and professional organisation.
As a neutral platform, the NZZ SIFF creates an active forum for discussion between the Swiss financial industry, politicians, supervisory authorities, business and academia. Specifically, this C-level conference deals with the strategy and direction of the Swiss financial centre, setting in motion joint efforts involving all the key players to strengthen its competitiveness and image on a sustained basis. The NZZ SIFF therefore sees itself as a window – for those on the inside and the outside – on the concerns of the Swiss financial centre.