A different type of animal

We are management consultants focused on information technology, banking and insurance.

Every company faces its own challenges and complex issues; therefore we believe that only tailored, elegant solutions provide effective, efficient and lasting impact.

Our principles and business model

People

Our people are our assets, with their profound knowledge, their intellectual capabilities, their experience, and social competence.

At mas advisory helping our clients to address their challenges and succeeding together with them is a passion. This motivation as a guiding principle, results in a creative team dynamic, always “walking the extra-mile”.

For each mandate, we select the required specific skills and compose a well-orchestrated team. We are careful to blend innovation with experience and consider the cultural parameters. Most of our partners have a long track record not only in consulting, but also as line managers, entrepreneurs and Board members and are fluent in German, French and English.

Milestones & Projects

2021 The market is evolving, and so are we

While continuing to act from a strong strategy base, we are increasingly involved in the implementation of strategies. We take participations in companies we advise; we participate in the transformation of companies in co-execution mode and act as entrepreneurs. In sum: we walk our talk!

2020 Further developing our Investment Advisory services

Aymeric Peignon and Antoine Verdon came on board as Associated Partners. Aymeric served as a M&A consultant for the past 8 years. He has a strong experience with entrepreneurs and start-ups, to whom he provides analysis of business plans and budgets, reviews valuation and structures present and future financing rounds. Antoine developed and led one of the first venture capital vehicles in Switzerland focusing exclusively on financial technology, which led him to work as an advisor to the management and boards of several Swiss banks on topics related to fintech and blockchain.

2019 Diginex [EQOS]

For Diginex [EQOS], the first full digital asset ecosystem listed on Nasdaq, mas advisory helped to define and to model the core digital asset business processes, assisted the setup of an appropriate framework to comply with the Swiss regulation and established an operational risk management framework. We also contributed to the compliance management approach and as a result, supported Diginex’ s promise of delivering innovative products, architectures, and infrastructures to foster the mainstream adoption of the digital asset class. The group was listed on Nasdaq in September 2020 under the ticker “EQOS”.

2018 DXC Technology

DXC, formed by the merger of HP Enterprises and CSC Corporation, becoming one of the worldwide largest IT services companies, continued the project launched in 2015 by HPE with mas advisory. With our strategic and operational support, the Swiss Banking Practice of DXC was able to strengthen its position on the market by outcompeting the market leaders in a lighthouse IT platform tender of a large bank.

2017 TX Group (Tamedia)

mas advisory supported the General Management of the Tamedia Group (TX-Group) in the development of a new Information Technology Frame-Strategy as a key element of the profound and successfully led digital transformation of the Group.

2017 Expersoft Systems

mas was mandated by Expersoft Systems, a leader in Software for independent asset managers (IAM), to develop a strategy and an offering to address the large number of small size IAMs. We developed the concept for a one-stop-shop for IAMs based on the industrial assembly principle and implemented the full-service provider AM-One covering IT platform, back-office and compliance services in co-execution with the client. AM-One became a success in Europe and Asia increasing Expersoft’ s footprint on the market.

2017 Launch of the succession plan

The founding partners have launched a mid-term succession plan to hand over mas’ business to the next generation of Partners bringing on board Boris A. Jeannet and Guillaume Beauverd as shareholders and partners. With Guillaume mas’ position in Geneva is strengthened.

2016 Lykke, a pioneer in Crypto Finance

Always at the edge of paradigm changes in financial services technology, mas advisory’s Partner Heinrich Zetlmayer took a mandate at Lykke Corporation, a pioneer in blockchain technologies and blockchain-based trading. This was the beginning of mas advisory’s activities in the area of Crypto Finance. In 2018 he founded Blockchain Valley Ventures as a spin-off from Lykke.

2015 Integration of Cyber Security

mas advisory has early recognized the strategic dimension of Cyber Security as a threat of digital business models integrating this new dimension into our strategy work. We brought on board highly specialized Associated Partners to sensitize organizations on this new challenge in the context of digitalization and to put in place the adequate defense mechanisms beyond the classic IT perspective.

2015 HP Enterprises’s positioning

HP Enterprises mandated mas advisory to further develop its Swiss banking practice to become a front runner in the next paradigm in banking technology, characterized by a rapid ramp-up of an ecosystem built by flexible start-ups. This was the beginning of a fruitful collaboration over many years.

2014 Tamedia’s development of the digital business

mas advisory supported Tamedia with the implementation of the first paywall solution on the Swiss Media Market. This was an important building block of Tamedia’s transformation to a leading digital player of the Swiss Media industry.

2010 Tamedia – Edipresse merger

In the context of the merger of Tamedia and Edipresse, the IT of the leading media Group in Switzerland had to be reshaped. Herwig Gangl took over this challenge as recently appointed Partner and leader of the media practice and successfully led this major transformation program. Besides the technical challenge, he had to cope with the cultural dimension of merging the ITs of Zurich based Tamedia and Lausanne based Edipresse.

2010 Private Bank BSI’s BPO reset

The traditional Private Bank BSI had built a BPO business that was stagnating. mas advisory was mandated to find a way out of this deadlock. B-Source was sold to Avaloq, allowing Avaloq to become a leading Banking BPO provider in Switzerland. This move was part of Avaloq’s growth strategy.

 

 

2010 Continuously growing the Associated Partners base

Since the creation of mas advisory, we have continuously added associate partners, our highly experienced professionals who support the partners with very specific complementary skills. They usually have a long track record of successful collaboration with our partners to the benefit of trust, effectivity and efficiency.

2009 Launch of Investment advisory services

Heinrich Zetlmayer joined mas advisory to build the investment advisory practice supporting investors in improving the performance of their holdings. In another lighthouse project mas was mandated to further develop the business model of an e-sports start-up (Turtle Entertainment) based in Cologne. After 5 years of work in co-execution mode, the company in which mas advisory had also invested in, was sold to MTG/ESL, the world’s leader in e-sports after having grown revenues by more than 10-fold.

2004 Shaping Banking IT

Over the next 10 years mas advisory shaped together with its blue-chip clients the paradigm shifts in banking service providing in Switzerland towards standard platforms and BPO. The focus of the different projects varied from strategy and governance to service development and go-to-market.

2004 Swisscom’s start in Banking IT

In a first lighthouse project mas advisory helped Swisscom to shape their recently acquired Banking IT Services business. This was the starting point of a very successful development of Swisscom to become the leading banking IT services provider in Switzerland.

2003 mas advisory was established

mas advisory was founded in Zurich by François Jeannet and Dominique Freymond as a management consulting firm that supports top management and boards at the crossroads of crucial strategic decisions. mas advisory focused on the intersection of banking and information technology.