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1994

At Guyerzeller Bank, a Zurich based Swiss private bank which is now part of HSBC, we identified Asia outside Japan as the focus of our investment activities. We started managing a number of large equity portfolios under the theme, quality bridge to Asia.

1999

We launched Asia Investment Corporation (AIC) and opened our Hong Kong office.

2000

We established HSZ Group in a management buyout from HSBC Guyerzeller Bank.

2003

We launched China Investment Corporation (CIC) at a time when an increasing number of privately controlled Chinese corporations opened up to institutional investors.

2005

We launched Asia Opportunity Fund (AOF), a long-short equity hedge fund.

2006

Hansrudolf Schmid moved from Zurich to Hong Kong. We upgraded the legal structure of CIC by converting it into HSZ China Fund, a Swiss investment fund.

2007

Ahead of the world financial crisis, we decided to liquidate AIC and AOF each producing considerable gains for many investors.

2008

From 2008 onwards our focus was entirely on HSZ China Fund. China was the economic locomotive of Asia, if not the entire world. Its policy of “controlled release” was key to China’s progress and the basis of our strategy to focus on privately controlled companies in the universe of listed Chinese companies.

2012

With the arrival of Stefan Kräuchi we added a business unit under the name ILS Advisers. It is dedicated to the development of the ILS (insurance-linked securities) niche asset class. Like our Chinese equities, ILS offers investment opportunities which are relatively removed from the growing risks associated with the rampant money creation by western central banks.

2014

We launched ILS Diversified Ltd., a fund of fund providing access to a selection of specialist ILS funds in a fully diversified way.