Comprehensive advisory services for SMEs and
public sector companies.
Piaget Altiplano Girard-Perregaux 1966
The 430P Calibre featured in the PIAGET ALTIPLANO
is a masterpiece that is peerless among ultra-thin
timepieces. At just 2.1 mm thick, only experienced
master watchmakers have the requisite skill to
construct the delicate mechanics.
The Neuchâtel Observatory Centenary Prize is one of
the world’s most coveted awards for precision work.
GIRARD-PERREGAUX was awarded this prestigious
prize for the watch of the same name in 1966.
The movement is 3.2 mm thick.
Public Sector Advisory
Tax & Legal
Fine Swiss watches are a passion for
connoisseurs in particular, but they also
hold a fascination for those with just a
For several centuries the sheer elegance
of their design, the allure of the
various shapes and their ingenious precision
mechanics have garnered certain
Swiss watches the status of revered
collectibles. Behind all this lies traditional
values and standards: reliability,
consistency and uncompromising precision
work. Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship
continues to thrive and delight
with its new developments.
The choice is a difficult one – how to
decide from among so many attractive
Likewise, it is widely held that the
choice between providers of accounting
services, audit, public sector advisory,
consulting, tax and legal advisory
and IT solutions is a difficult one because
they are more or less all the
same. What makes us different is the
expectations we have of ourselves.
OBT is an independent Swiss consulting
company that upholds the same
values as Swiss watchmakers. We provide
services for SMEs and public sector
companies with the same passion
as watchmakers crafting high-quality,
luxury watches. We have some 220 employees
and 20 interns who aspire to
this standard of excellence every day.
It is for this reason that OBT clients appreciate
our unique style. Our clients
trust us not because OBT talks about
We would like to thank Beyer Chronometrie (Zurich) for their competent technical advice and
support in the realisation of this brochure.
certain values, but because we let these
principles guide us in our work: thoroughness,
sound competence and client
proximity. Our primary ambition
is to secure our clients‘ business over
the long term and exploit potential on
a sustainable basis.
OBT is typical Swiss – small and unmistakable,
local and international. SMEs
receive the same level of competent
and personal service as listed companies,
public sector bodies, foundations
and associations. We will be happy
to show you what we can do for you.
Satisfied customers do not stray. If
you’re looking for greater satisfaction,
talk to us.
Wearers of fine Swiss watches know
that their timepieces can be relied
upon to never disappoint. All is as it
should be. The watch and wearer are
perfectly matched. This is precisely
how we want our clients to feel when
they work with us.
Specialised and general services
Impressive services thanks to seamless collaboration.
OBT employs experienced specialists
who understand your situation, cover
all areas and can draw on their general
knowledge to provide innovative solutions.
You can always rely on us to conscientiously
provide you with the best
service, whether in just one or even
several areas – on a consistent basis.
The longer and better we know you, the
better we can cater our advice to the
current needs of your company.
Working with OBT offers you proven
advantages that form a solid basis for
Continuity and personal attention.
You will have one contact person advising
you who knows you and can
offer you complex solutions. This forms
a relationship of trust, which is the
basis for successful cooperation.
Quick and discreet service. Your advisor
knows your company and does
whatever necessary for your success.
Close ties to banks, authorities and
associations make things simpler.
Quality through solid competency.
Our employees have experienced the
SME business from all angles, and we
ensure that they always have the latest
information. We also have access
to a global network thanks to the fact
that we are an independent member of
Baker Tilly International.
Modular services. Corporate heads
never know exactly whether and how
they are going to realise their visions
because the economic environment
is shaped by constant change. OBT’s
specialists can assure you that you will
always receive the best answers to new
Are watches instruments used to meas-
ure time? Yes and no. A valuable traditional
Swiss watch offers its owner
much more. It is a personal accessory
that you enjoy, that goes where you go
and which you can rely on. It is simply
part of you.
Unmistakable personal character.
We can select for you the optimum
company-specifi c combination from
a wide variety of processes. But OBT
can do more. Your own personal advisor
offers you comprehensive advice,
which enables you to devote yourself
wholly to your core business, while all
your business administration matters
will be continuously and competently
taken care of, saving you not only time
and resources, but also leaving you secure
in the knowledge that everything
is being done to ensure your business
success. Trust us to administer your
business affairs in a forward-looking
and effi cient manner.
When it comes to making new decisions,
we will work with you to craft
options and show you which ones
have the most potential. Our range of
Accounting and fi nance
Controlling and reporting
Payroll and salary administration
With time comes insight: you can count on it.
The tourbillon, an ingenious technical
advancement which counteracts
the effects of gravity on watches, was
invented at the turn of the 19th century.
Today we are no less impressed
by the relentless drive to find solutions
that work seamlessly under any
SMEs grow, evolve and seek out new
challenges which are as varied as
their own unique histories and individual
goals. For this reason, in addition
to traditional accounting services, OBT
provides collaborative business consultancy
by competent specialists with a
proven track record.
At one time or another, every growing
company will suddenly be faced with a
situation which will require the special
know-how of an expert. You will be well
advised to call on the experts at OBT
for starting up a business, succession
planning, acquisitions or disposals, restructuring,
reorganisation and similar
activities. Our advisors will provide you
with the assistance you need to get you
well on the way to success.
Our business consultancy specialists
will provide you with constructive
answers to your questions in the following
Mergers & Acquisitions
Start-up and financing advice
Turnaround & Restructuring
There is more to a fine Swiss watch
than just an exclusive design and pre-
cious materials. What makes it so val-
uable is that the internal mechanisms
function with the utmost reliability for
years and years to come.
Ready for the future.
Our auditors ensure that you have an
objective overview of your company at
all times through transparent financial
statements, clear reports and detailed
information. Your shareholders, creditors
and, most importantly, you, should
be able to realistically evaluate where
you stand at all times.
This is one of the keys to achieving
success in the future. As you and your
OBT advisor get to know one another,
you can be assured of continuity and
that your needs will be understood.
Right from the start every client can be
secure in the knowledge that we will
carry out our work precisely according
to your individual requirements.
If there are any weaknesses in your
company’s processes, we will find
and replace them with more efficient
solutions. OBT covers all your relevant
Audits in accordance with
regular and limited audits
Audits of occupational
Audits of non-profit
Audits in accordance with Swiss
GAAP ARR and IFRS accounting
Audits of public sector
Assistance with the introduction
of an Internal Control System (ICS)
Business valuation / due
diligence and expertise reports
Audits within the realm of the
Money Laundering Act
Swiss watchmakers are held in high
esteem thanks to their legendary pre-
cision work, incomparable designs and
relentless pursuit of the latest techni-
cal innovations. Watch connoisseurs
never fail to be surprised by delight-
fully exclusive models.
Tax & Legal
OBT clients can rest assured that tax
and legal questions and issues will
always be handled and answered by
our own competency centre. This has
one major advantage – it obviates the
need for external legal consulting.
When we work closely together with
you, we will be able to identify and deal
with any issues right away. You will also
personally collaborate with our tax
experts and lawyers, who will put their
specialist knowledge and passion to
work for you.
We aim to exceed your expectations.
Business decisions generally involve
tax and legal matters. Starting up a
business, the choice of location, general
tax planning and many other scenarios
can mean that you are suddenly
faced with new requirements. We deal
with the individual issues that affect
your company in good time.
Risks need to be covered and opportunities
exploited in order to lower
costs and boost efficiency. This will
save you from unpleasant and expensive
surprises. The experts at OBT
can advise you on both business and
personal matters and are thoroughly
knowledgeable in the relevant local
and international issues. Our clients
can rely on our competent legal and
Local and international tax advisory,
planning and optimisation
for companies, private individuals
and expatriates. Review of your
current tax situation
Advice and support on starting up,
restructuring, liquidation and
Consulting in the area of local and
international contract law, particularly
in the areas of employment
law, immigration and social security
law, rights of acquisition and
sale, intellectual property rights
and IT law
Creating a watch that displays the
phases of the moon presents a genuine
challenge for watchmakers. The phys-
ics involved makes it a difficult task
because a moon cycle lasts 29 days,
12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.9 seconds.
Watch enthusiasts are thrilled by the
brilliant solution to the problem – every
122 years the watch loses only one day.
Superior, versatile solutions that are always a perfect fit.
If you want to be successful in today’s
world, you have to have top-quality IT
solutions that are customised to your
needs and are compatible with the
latest technologies. Mediocrity is not
Continually updating and optimising
your systems costs a good deal of time
and money. Specialists in management
positions must devote themselves entirely
to their core business and thus
do not have the time to constantly stay
abreast of the latest IT developments.
Letting the specialists at OBT take care
of your IT needs is a much more efficient
solution, because not only do we
have in-house experts specialised in
every technical area, but your personal
OBT advisor also knows your business
This makes it possible for you to plan
down to the last detail and implement
new solutions whenever necessary.
The specific advantages OBT gives
you, such as client proximity and
consultancy from one and the same
person, are especially beneficial when
it comes to IT solutions.
OBT advises and supports SMEs, local
and municipal authorities, utilities
companies, schools and retirement and
nursing homes on all aspects of IT:
Comprehensive advice (needs
assessment, conception, IT analysis,
security check, evaluation
Advice on strategy and techno-
logy, set-up and operation of
system platforms and networks
Procurement and logistics for IT
hardware and software products
Advice on and implementation
of standard solutions (ABACUS,
Outsourcing of specific services
Electronic data processing centre
Data transfer from third-party
Integration of standard solutions
Integration and connection of
Comprehensive support, advice
Training and coaching
Public Sector Advisory
Time is always related to perform-
ance. As the big and small hands in-
dicate the unstoppable progression
of hours and minutes, my watch lets
me know whether I have achieved my
goals within a specific period of time.
This is a question that people in posi-
tions of responsibility continually ask
Time is ticking away – so let’s use it.
Municipal authorities and public agencies
and companies are increasingly
faced with new challenges and require
timely solutions if they are to successfully
manage the future. In this respect,
OBT is a recognised and esteemed partner
for projects in the most varied of
areas. In numerous cantons we help
communities enjoy greater cooperation
or even merge with their neighbours.
Social and political change are prompting
many communities to position
themselves as a residential area with
job opportunities. They use attractive
conditions to boost their competitiveness.
We also support public institutions
in rethinking and retooling their
organisational structures in order to
better meet expectations for efficiency,
competence and influence. Thanks to
its internal network, OBT can call in its
own specialists from all relevant areas
of expertise for any project.
Our varied range of services are very
popular with the federal government,
cantons, local authorities, schools and
utilities at various levels:
strategies, mission statements
Community marketing and
Structural reforms and
Administration analysis and
Quality management and
assistance in obtaining certifica-
tion (ISO 9001, EFQM)
Management tools such as
qualifications systems, perform-
ance-related compensation, etc.
Seminars and workshops; OBT
Academy for School Districts
Round tables and forums
Expertise reports on various issues
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