Family Office Advisory
Board Member Mandates
Financial Advisory


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Aurum is an independent advisory expert in three areas of service: We advise local and international family offices, conduct board of director mandates, and provide expert supervisory services for financial transactions.

Daniel Pfister and Andreas Zimmermann’s distinguished family office advisory supports clients with granular, first-hand insights gleaned from 36 years of conducting entrepreneurial family mandates. The accumulated financial and familial experience is the wealth of knowledge drawn upon to provide best-in-class services to Aurum clients, often families in transition.

Our talents are further enhanced with the exclusive network of Aurum specialists who are expert in financial, tax and legal fields. This is a dynamic business model structured to ensure that Aurum solutions are responsibly tailored for individualization and, most-importantly, for longevity.


Family Office

We provide established or emerging family offices, companies and individuals with expertise in family office structures, organization, implementation, family and corporate governance, succession and estate planning, finance expertise and general management. Our entrepreneurial and transparent approach results in nimble, prompt, accurate and sustainable solutions.

Board Member Mandates

Our board of director mandate services pursue value creation through active shareholding. A clear shareholder agenda significantly increases shareholder influence and control, and results in superior shareholder value.


Aurum supports entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial families in all phases of their investment activities competently and professionally: from foundation to growth and optimization phase all the way up to exit. It is our aim to provide professional support from one source. We offer independent advice for: Liquidity Events, Merger and Acquisitions and Investment Management.

Family Office

For established or emerging family offices, companies or individuals, Aurum advises on a comprehensive range of critical considerations. We specialize in family office definition, strategy and implementation, family governance and succession planning, and asset and direct investment management. Daniel Pfister and Andreas Zimmermann personally conduct all client interactions and projects, and engage the appropriate specialists from the Aurum network of experts as needed.


    Family governance & succession

  • Success, sustainable throughout the generations, results only from clear governance and long-term planning. This involves:
  • Finding agreement on family values and needs alignment
  • Establishing family councils
  • Defining family constitutions
  • Implementing succession planning
  • Conducting estate planning
  • Navigating complex family challenges
  • Leading negotiations and representation
  • Family office definition, strategy and implementation

  • Each family has unique requirements. We know how to design the right family office setup for your family’s needs. This involves:
  • Defining criteria and designing family office structure
  • Determining best family and corporate governance standards
  • Implementing family office structure
  • Managing board composition and recruitment
  • Recruiting key personnel
  • Planning structural transitions
  • Structuring taxation
  • Developing treasury and risk management solutions
  • Managing insurance concepts including K&R, D&O
  • Implementing full-palette management services
  • Asset management advisory

  • Our extensive experience in asset management secures the constructive and critical skills required to identify the optimal solution in terms of quality and cost. This involves:
  • Defining wealth management concepts
  • Assessing investment strategies
  • Developing investment strategy and policies
  • Designing asset management concepts and asset allocation
  • Supervising asset manager selection and beauty contests
  • Asset management auditing and optimization
  • Asset management performance and risk reporting
  • Identifying special products or asset classes
  • Hedging strategies for currency, interest and equity exposures
  • Direct investment management

  • The Aurum advisors are in the fortunate position of having been deeply engaged with entrepreneurial families, and having proved successful in managing their direct investments. The unique and specific skill sets Daniel and Andreas have mastered include:
  • Representing the family on boards
  • Developing and implementing shareholder agendas
  • Heading relevant projects in portfolio companies
  • Supporting M&A transactions in public and private equity sector
  • Structuring and executing liquidity events
  • Structuring and executing capital market transactions
  • Sourcing and evaluating equity and real estate investments
  • Providing yield enhancement strategies through equity derivatives


A new Swiss entrepreneurial single-family office setup

  • Aurum has successfully established a completely new single-family office. This involved:
  • Completing the setup of the single-family office
  • Following up with a board of director mandate for the family
  • Establishing family and corporate governance structures
  • Managing board composition and recruitment
  • Employing key personnel
  • Implementing administration management
  • Supervising estate planning

A Swiss foundation’s investment strategy and corporate governance

  • Aurum provided a clear corporate governance structure for this foundation, defining ownership and operational management levels aligned with best corporate governance practice.
  • Determining the corporate governance structure for a foundation-owned holding
  • Developing and implementing the investment strategy
  • Strategy execution as executive board member, then as trusted advisor

UK-based entrepreneurial family’s transition from multi to single-family office

  • Aurum analyzed the existing setup, recommended the shift to a single-family office, and managed the transition process. This involved:
  • Analyzing the multi-family office solution
  • Reorganizing the concept and defining target structure
  • Developing the corporate governance solution
  • Managing the transition from multi-family office service to single-family office
  • Supervising the asset allocation concept and implementation

Long-term family office management – a strong track record

  • The Aurum team has an enviable track record in successfully running a renowned Swiss-based family office. We successfully:
  • Provided heritage and succession planning
  • Implemented family governance
  • Defined investment strategy
  • Provided shareholder representation on boards
  • Defined and executed the shareholder agenda
  • Created tax planning and legal structures
  • Supervised operational management
  • Implemented treasury, insurance and risk management
  • Managed private and public companies’ direct investments
  • Conducted merger and acquisition deals
  • Oversaw capital market transactions

Board of Directors

Aurum believes in value creation bound active shareholding, and we take on board mandates using clear shareholder agendas to effectively increase shareholder influence and control. Daniel Pfister and Andreas Zimmermann’s managerial track records work to clients’ advantage. Using a precise shareholder agenda, their teams successfully managed investments as active shareholders in global firms. Through board functions, strategic project work, and by closely working with portfolio companies at the highest levels of corporate governance, shareholder agendas are actively and successfully executed.

Board Expertise

As experienced, independent board members with profound finance know-how and an international network of experts, Daniel Pfister and Andreas Zimmermann have each gathered significant board of director experience and garnered key insights in multiple areas, such as:

  • Representing shareholders and driving shareholder agendas
  • Shaping boards and board member selection
  • Auditing, nominating and compensating committee members
  • Conducting M&A and equity capital market transactions
  • Developing and implementing company structure improvements
  • Providing direct investment management skills

Daniel Pfister’s Board Experience

For almost twenty years, Daniel Pfister has served as board member for a wide range of companies active in various industries and locations around the world.

Current Board of Directors mandates

  • Larema AG, Zurich
  • Trihow AG, Rotkreuz

Board experience

Chairman of the Board

  • Banco Aleman Platina SA, Panama City
  • Platina Finanz AG, Zurich

Member of Board of Directors

  • Larema AG, Zurich
  • Augusta Investment AG, Chur
  • Infront Holding AG, Zug
  • Triventura AG, Zurich
  • Jacobs Venture AG, Zurich
  • Boards & More AG, Zurich
  • Brach’s Confections Holding Inc., Chicago

Audit Committee Chairman

  • Infront Holding AG, Zug

Member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee

  • Infront Holding AG, Zug

Andreas Zimmerman’s Board Experience

As a result of his valuable contributions, Andreas Zimmermann has been elected board member to several group companies.

Current Board of Directors mandate:

  • convoltas AG, Baar

Board experience

Board of Directors Member

  • Newsells Park Estate Ltd., Royston (UK)
  • Newsells Park Stud Ltd., Royston (UK)
  • Colosseum HoldCoI AG, Zurich
  • Triventura AG, Zurich


Aurum’s many years of experience in Investment Management and finance guarantee data-based and independent support for management in liquidity events, capital market transactions as well as mergers and acquisitions, tax structuring and tax rulings. We understand the complexity of transactions and support our clients with our extensive experience in project management.
We also take on mandates in the private equity sector and offer support in the selection of private equity investments, due diligence, valuation, deal structuring and execution of transactions. Our clients appreciate the flexibility of our offering. We offer part-time capacity, specifically geared to the needs of the client.

Aurum clients benefit from our many years of experience in the planning and implementation of complex and sensitive financial transactions. Daniel Pfister and Andreas Zimmermann distinguish themselves in particular with their sophisticated project management adeptness. Our success factors are: a deep understanding of the financial markets, a strong network of strategic partners in the relevant fields of expertise as well as excellent negotiating skills. We see ourselves as independent coordinators and sparring partners for families and portfolio companies.


  • As the manager of a renowned, large single family office, the Aurum team gained valuable experience in various financial services over many years. We use this experience to optimise client benefit, among other things:
  • Structuring of complex financial problems
  • Coordinating equity capital market transactions
  • Supporting mergers and acquisitions and liquidity event deals
  • Acting as sparring partners for financial transactions, company valuations and deal negotiations
  • Investment bank selection and coordination
  • Selecting and coordinating legal and tax advisors
  • C-level interim management as CFO / Treasurer Implementing state-of-the-art compensation schemes
  • Cash-flow analysis
  • Evaluation of private and public equity investments
  • Coordination and structuring of investment processes

Noteworthy Achievements

  • Every client transaction is important to Aurum. We always place the highest demands on ourselves and on our strategic partners. Due to their unusual complexity or size, we would like to highlight the following successes:
  • Executing M&A transactions of over CHF 1 billion
  • Negotiating and implementing various bank debt, public debt and equity-linked instruments
  • Collateralized equity-linked bond of CHF 800 million (listed “Cello” bond)
  • Mandatory convertible bond of CHF 1 billion (listed “Mandolin” bond)
  • Single stock lending of CHF 1 billion
  • Unsecured bank debt financing on holding level of CHF 200 million
  • Several sizeable equity monetization instruments totaling CHF 4 billion (block trade, accelerated book-building, competitive auction)
  • Managing CHF liquidity pool over CHF 1.5 billion, avoiding negative interest charges
  • Accomplishing multiple successful tax structuring and rulings
  • Building and divesting a 10% equity stake of a listed US company
  • Managing yield enhancement strategies on public equity stakes
  • Several private equity investments in Swiss startups including valuation, due diligence, deal structuring and execution


Daniel Pfister and Andreas Zimmermann have successfully managed a renowned Swiss-based family office with significant multiple equity stakes including publicly traded companies. From their line functions – Group Treasurer, Group Risk & Insurance Manager, Investment Manager and Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer responsible for investment management – they have acquired both deep professional mastery and a strong international network of finance, legal and tax specialists.

Recent successes include:

  • Orchestrating the establishment of a new Swiss single-family office
  • Navigating a UK-based family through its transition from a multi-family office to a single-family office
  • Implementing an investment strategy and new corporate governance structure for a Swiss-based holding company

Daniel Pfister



Andreas Zimmermann



Daniel and Andreas' project management achievements include setting up family and corporate governance structures for single family offices, leading estate planning, optimizing asset management, managing medium-to-large merger and acquisition deals and overseeing capital market transactions. Experienced in tax structuring, compensation schemes and family office management, they have also been instrumental in building successful professional investment teams for family offices. Their management successes have resulted in multiple board mandates and functions.


Aurum’s exclusive professional network plays a crucial role in our singular business model. Our management of multiple merger and acquisition deals and capital market transactions with values up to CHF 2.5 billion introduced us to the industry’s truly outstanding and high-performing experts. These are now our teammates – our strategic partners. Aurum’s exacting individual performance standards ensure the highest level of professionalism in each area of specialization, and secure overall team performance. As your trusted advisors, Aurum clients enjoy best-in-class strategic partners in all relevant sectors of businesses.


Trust & Loyalty

This is the bedrock of Aurum-client relationships.


Everything we do, we do right – without compromise.


We know our business – inside out.


Clear, pragmatic solutions govern complexity to ensure efficiency and success.


We pursue long-term value creation, rejecting near-sighted actions for short-term gain.


Well-evaluated solutions, executed with expediency and proficiency.


Aurum Advice GmbH
Oberneuhofstrasse 3
6340 Baar

Daniel Pfister
Mobile +41 79 128 94 94


Andreas Zimmermann
Mobile +41 79 623 66 67


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