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Entry from May 27, 2009
“If you see a Swiss banker jumping out of a window, follow him” (Voltaire?)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Voltaire
François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, essayist, and philosopher known for his wit, philosophical sport and defence of civil liberties, including both freedom of religion and free trade.

Voltaire was a prolific writer and produced works in almost every literary form, authoring plays, poetry, novels, essays, historical and scientific works, more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets.

He was an outspoken supporter of social reform, despite strict censorship laws and harsh penalties for those who broke them. A satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize Catholic Church dogma and the French institutions of his day.

Voltaire was one of several Enlightenment figures (along with Montesquieu, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau) whose works and ideas influenced important thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions.

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. If you see a Swiss banker jumping out of a window, follow him, there is sure to be a profit in it.

17 March 1974, Lancaster (OH) Eagle Gazette, “Dear Abby” by Abigail Van Buren, pg. 19, col. 3:
CONFIDENTIAL TO O. B. IN ROME: I’m no investment counselor, but the advice from Herbert R. Mayes, publisher of The Overseas American, a new and brilliant fortnightly newsletter for United States citizens abroad, is: “The old story about Swiss banks is still valid: if you see a Swiss banker jumping from an office building, follow him out. There’s 15 percent to be made on the way down.”

Google Books
Switzerland, the awful truth
By Jean Ziégler
New York, NY: Harper & Row
1979
Pg. 56:
Voltaire used to say: “If you see a Swiss banker jumping out of a window, jump after him. There’s bound to be money in it!”

Google Books
The Money Lenders:
Bankers and a world in turmoil

By Anthony Sampson
New York, NY: Viking Press
1981
Pg. 207:
Ever since the Huguenots from France took refuge in Geneva in 1685 the country had been regarded as almost synonymous with banking, the subject of timeless jokes: ("If you see a Swiss banker jumping out of a window, jump after him,” said Voltaire: “there’s bound to be money in it.")

Google Books
Genes and Tumor Genes
By Ernst L. Winnacker and Hans-H. Schoene
Published by Raven Press
1982
Pg. ?:
Voltaire has his hero, Candide, remark, that if you see a Swiss banker jump from a window, jump after him; you are going to be rich.

Google Books
Information Economics
By Urs W. Birchler and Monika Bütler
Published by Taylor & Francis
2007
Pg. 203:
“When you see a Swiss banker jump out of the window, follow! There is bound to be money,” the French philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778) said. It may take a bit of courage to follow Voltaire’s advice. But what if one, two, or three other people are seen jumping after the banker? At some point, not jumping would require more courage than jumping.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • (2) Comments • Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Permalink


Update .Oct 28th .2010.

BANKS -PARTNERS IN CRIMES.

Pictet & Cie Bank.

Ivan Pictet.
Charles Pictet.
Nicolas Pictet.
Jacques de Saussure.
Jean – Francois Demole.
Renaud de Planta.
Philippe Bertherat..

Pictet & Cie.- claim they are the “Rolls Royce”of Swiss banks. 

Swiss Banks or more correctly Swizz banks.

Swizz. ---- “ a great disappointment.” or a “ fraud.”

Fraud. ---“ an intentional deception or dishonesty.”— “a crime.”

Crime. ---“ an act committed or omitted in violation of a law.”

Serious Crimes .
Conspiring to pervert the Course of Justice.
Perverting the Course of Justice.
Contempt of Court.

Pictet & Cie Bank –Partners –(1996—2010)-liable. 
Peters &Peters – Partners.—(1999----2010)-liable.

The bank and it’s officials/lawyers deliberately withheld crucial documents requested under a High Court order. The bank and it’s officials/lawyers deliberately withheld evidence from the Police, and one of it’s account managers Susan Broadhead gave a false witness statement to the Police. 
Another one of it’s managers Nicholas Campiche ( Now Head of Pictet – Alternative Investments.) concocted a letter pretending to be a client and closed his account. The senior partner (Ivan Pictet.) sought to have numerous documents destroyed,along with those copies held in their London office’s of Pictet Asset Management. Initially stating that they were forgeries then their lawyers Peters & Peters – Monty Raphael –and the barrister Charles Flint.Q.C. later had to admit in Court that the documents were genuine.

British Parliament.  Hansard .29th March 2007.
Barry Sheerman .M.P.—quote.

---------“ Constituents of mine have lost £2 million through fraud. The fraudster used Pictet & Cie - - a French Bank - - and Pictet Asset Management to back the fraud being perpetrated.””

(1) It is a criminal offence for a bank to knowingly act for an undischarged criminal bankrupt in so far as it seeks to assist that criminal bankrupt in the fraudulent movement of monies. ( Money Laundering.)

(2) It is a criminal offence for a bank to lie to the police and the bankrupts trustee in bankruptcy in so far as any knowledge of, or dealings with the bank was refuted .

(3) A bank can be guilty of Contempt of Court if it fails to comply fully with the Courts order for discovery .

(4) The banks contempt is further compounded if it fails to address its error after it is specifically drawn to the to its solicitors attention. ( Monty Raphael).

(5) It is a criminal offence under the Financial Services Act to seek to destroy evidence that might be relevant to an investigation .

(6) It is a criminal offence not to relinquish control of funds to the Trustee immediately the fact of the bankruptcy is drawn to the banks attention.

(7) It is a criminal offence to lie or otherwise obfuscate the lawful and proper enquiries of the F.S.A.

In the F.S.A. cover up , they concluded that there had been “ Rogue” elements in Pictet & Cie’s , London operations . They had been moved from their London Office so who was there left to prosecute. “ Unbelievable.”

On Dec 9th,2008.  the complaint was sent to 150 Members of the House Of Lords and 230 Members of Parliament.

*** We thank --David Cameron. M.P. ( Canary Wharf Speech.) Dec. 15th. 2008.
Now--- PRIME MINISTER.

(1) Bankers who behave irresponsibly should face professional consequences.
(2) If anyone is found to have behaved criminally they must be prosecuted.
(3) The F.S.A and the Serious Fraud Office should be following up every lead,
investigating every suspect transaction .
(4) We need to make it 100% clear –those who break the law should face
prosecution.
(5) That we make sure we root out any wrongdoing that may have happened, whoever
is involved, however high or well connected they may be.

Ivan Pictet.
Managing partner in Pictet & Cie Bank .  --- retiring -?. 2010.
President of the Geneva Financial Centre.  ---stepping down -2010. ? 
World Bank.committee member.---- ?
United Nations. Investment Committee member,
Vice President – Global Humanitarian Forum.  --- redundant.2010.?
Member of the Henokiens.
Blackstone Group --- Board Member.
Past- President – Geneva Private Bankers association.
Past –President – Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Monty Raphael.  ( Peters & Peters.)
Quote.” ---- Doyen of U.K. Fraud lawyers. 
Head of Fraud and Regulatory Dept.  ---- stepping down, --2009.?  Director of the Fraud Advisory panel.
Member of the Law Society of England & Wales.
International Bar Association Member.

Posted by jack Loach  on  10/28  at  05:30 PM

*** Were currently waiting to see if the West Yorkshire Police :-
(1) Chief Constable.  --- Sir Norman Bettison.
(2) Forces Solicitor . —Mike Percival .
(3) Head Of Economic Crime Unit. —Det . Chief Inspector Steven Taylor.
continue to attempt to cover this case up like their F.S.A. counterparts. If they do –“ then watch this space.”

We were informed that due to pressure from our M.P. that the Ministry of Justice have asked Lord Myners to investigate our claims that the F.S.A. covered up the illegal activities of Pictet Asset Management. London.
It has been noted that the book launch for PICTET was held at Lord Myners Belgravia home.We might as well have asked Ivan Pictet to investigate our complaint.-or someone from FRIENDS RE-UNITED.
Lady Myners on Prix PICTET advisory board.

The consensus of opinion is the Pictet & Cie should be prosecuted , and that their U.K. banking licence should be taken away.

Their Solicitors at Peters & Peters .London “ struck off and prosecuted..”
In America ---- they would have all been in prison for the last seven years.

Posted by Jack Loach  on  04/26  at  06:48 AM

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