Family Business Conference

Family Business Conference

14:00 - 20:00
Zürich, Switzerland

Family Business Conference

The Family Business Conference by Family Business Matters and SIX aims to foster relationships between family members from private and stock exchange listed companies and leaders of and other persons who are in close advisory roles with family businesses. 

This year's 2nd  conference will take place on the 31 August 2023 and focus on the following topics:

  • the question of whether foundations can ensure the survival of the family business;
  • succession solution by means of a practical example;
  • a political discussion on the revision of inheritance law regarding fairness in corporate succession, and
  • "out-of-the-box" lecture by a psychotherapist who will, with the help of psychological concept, explain characteristics and relationship patterns in ourselves and how we activate these again and again in certain situations.
Date Thursday, 31 August 2023
Time 02:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Venue SIX ConventionPoint, Pfingstweidstrasse 110, 8005 Zurich, Directions – Calendar Entry
Target Audience Family members from private and listed companies and management from family companies (BoD members, CEOs, CFOs) and other people in a close advisory relationship with family companies
Language German
Close of Registration Thursday, 17 August 2023
Contact E-Mail


Time Topic / Title Speakers / Panelists
02:00 pm – 02:10 pm

Welcome and Agenda

Patrick Förg
SIX Swiss Exchange

02:10 pm – 03:10 pm Can foundations ensure the survival of the family business? Input and discussion.

Prof. Dr. Karl Hofstetter

University of Zürich, Foundation Board President Kuoni und Hugentobler-Stiftung


Dr. Beat Walti
Partner at Anwaltskanzlei Wenger Vieli, Foundation Board President Ernst Göhner Stiftung




Dr. Sonja Kissling

Governance Advisor, Family Business Matters


RA Pascal Hubli
Managing Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer

03:10 pm – 04:00 pm

Succession solution at Rahn+Bodmer: Switzerland’s oldest bank and one of the three Swiss bank partnerships is being passed to the 4th/5th generation. Dr. Christian Rahn provides a detailed insights into the chosen solution.

Dr. Christian Rahn
Partner at Rahn+Bodmer, foundation board member of numerous charitable institutions, patron of Neuroscience Center Zurich
04:00 pm – 04:20 pm Coffee Break
04:00 pm – 05:00 pm Revision of inheritance law: will it lead to more fairness in business succession? Specialists discuss this and other current and controversial efforts to revise the law for company succession. It revolves around the question of what is a fair succession solution?

Balz Hösly
Partner at MME and BoD member


Alexandra Bertschi (-Michel)
SME succession planning manager at Credit Suisse and senior scientific assistant at the University of Bern

05:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Succession planning: Balancing and reorganizing family structure: Family experience stay with us for a lifetime. An understanding is needed to meaningfully explain these relationships in how they arise and function. Psychological concepts are used to show how we have developed central identity characteristics and relationship patterns and how we repeatedly draw on these in certain situations.

Prof. Dr. Hugo Stephan Grünwald
Federally certified psychotherapist
06:00 pm – 08:00 pm Apéro Riche