Holding Foundations in Switzerland

Holding Foundations in Switzerland, The foundation-owned company model from theory to practice, Delphine Bottge, 2022

The soft copy is now available here!

The hard copy can be purchased on ISCA’s website. The translation was made possible thanks to the support of the Fonds Général de l'Université de Genève.

Delphine Bottge is an Academic Fellow at the Centre for
Philanthropy (University of Geneva). She has conducted research
on Foundations Ownership (i.e Holding Foundations), contributing
to a better understanding of this model which combines economy and
philanthropy and generates a virtuous circle, in line with the new

This book presents the results of her analysis on more than one
hundred Swiss foundations, which hold companies, and highlights the
diversity of structures and incentives, presenting case studies of
prominent foundations (Victorinox and Carl und Elise Elsener-Gut,
Hans Wilsdorf (Rolex), 1890 (Servette), Baur, EspeRare, etc.).

This book will be of interest to academics (students, researchers) as
well as to practitioners (business leaders, foundation board members,
lawyers, notaries, family offices) and anyone addressing philanthropy,
corporate sustainability, governance and hybrid models generating a
positive impact on society.

Attorney at Law at the Geneva Bar (Switzerland) since 1995 and
founder of Purpose Lawyers, Delphine Bottge has devoted her practice
for the past 20 years to philanthropy, governance and the exploration
of new economic and societal models. As a recognized expert, she
accompanies and advises philanthropists and their families, companies
and their leaders, foundations and project leaders.

Related article:

Delphine Bottge: « Une fondation est un actionnaire à long terme, garante de l’indépendance d’une entreprise », 17.04.2023, L'Agefi