Court Dismisses Suit Vs Julius Baer Over Old East Germany Case

Tom Burroughes, Group Editor, 25 April 2018


A Swiss court has dismissed a case brought against the private bank by a group acting for assets of former East Germany, arising from an acquisition Julius Baer made about 13 years ago.

Julius Baer has won a case brought against it by a group handling assets of former East Germany, with a Zurich Court of Appeal dismissing the case in favour of the Swiss private bank. 

In 2005, Julius Baer acquired former Bank Cantrade Ltd through the acquisition of Bank Ehinger & Armand von Ernst Ltd. from UBS.

As previously disclosed, in September 2014 the BvS initiated a lawsuit in Zurich against Julius Baer, seeking SFr97 million ($99 million) plus accrued interests since 1994. 

BvS argues to be the competent German authority to claim alleged unauthorised withdrawals between 1990 and 1992 from a Cantrade account of a foreign trade company established in the German Democratic Republic, as it was called at the time.

To see a previous report on the case, see here.


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