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  • BDO Switzerland increases revenue once again

BDO Switzerland increases revenue once again

22 April 2020

BDO continues its growth trajectory from the prior financial year. Revenue grew by 4.7 percent on the prior year to CHF 221.4 million.

BDO Switzerland recorded an increase in revenue for the fourteenth year in a row in 2019. This achievement comes despite the increasingly fierce competition and complex environment. At CHF 221.4 million, revenue was up 4.7 percent in 2019 compared to the prior year. BDO's investment in people and digital infrastructure are paying off. Growth was seen in all areas in 2019, with the exception of Financial Services where revenue matched the prior-year level.

In 2019, BDO was able to win various and mainly long-term engagements, especially in Internal Audit. We are particularly proud of the fact that our average client relationship still lasts well over 20 years. Werner Schiesser, CEO of BDO Switzerland, says: “For us, this is a key indicator that underlines BDO’s position as first choice in terms of trust, service and quality.”


Focus on business areas

Audit generated the most revenue, with an increase of 2.8 percent in the reporting period to CHF 74.3 million. This is an excellent result given the saturated market and fierce competition.

Business Solutions reported a 6.8 percent increase in revenue to CHF 71.3 million. As companies operate in an increasingly complex regulatory environment, BDO supports clients with a broad range of services to help them overcome emerging challenges. 

Tax & Legal saw an 8 percent increase in revenue to CHF 27.7 million in 2019. A growing number of companies find themselves affected by frequent changes to laws and legislation. BDO’s tax and legal advisers use digital knowledge management tools to stay abreast of the latest developments.

Financial Services managed to generate revenue of CHF 17.1 million, matching the prior-year level while at the same time improving profitability. Audit reform has posed a challenge for the financial sector, but certainly relieves the burden for smaller banks. Our clients were influenced in the past year by a strong stock market environment, the Swiss National Bank’s negative interest rate policy and ongoing digital transformation.


Digitalisation decisive

Digitalisation of processes is a critical long-term success factor across business areas. BDO invests continuously in new tools and platforms to address market challenges more efficiently. BDO launched the digital Client Portal in 2019, enabling each of our over 23,000 clients to share data and information securely. Both sides benefit from greater efficiency and flexibility.

Business services and audit processes are increasingly being automated. BDO is supported by Lisa, the digital audit assistant. Her tasks include running through preliminary questions with audit clients and obtaining information and documents. The chatbot Nina, on the other hand, mainly advises start-ups, especially on their administrative issues. As repetitive jobs are increasingly automated, there is more time for personal advice and support.


Key performance indicators

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Business Solutions*




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Other services**








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* Formerly: Business Services & Outsourcing

** Real Estate, Abacus/IT, Corporate Finance, various advisory services


Information on our business performance in 2019 is available at


Evelyne Oechslin/Bernhard Kobel
Media Office
+41 32 624 66 99
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BDO Ltd is one of the leading audit, business services and advisory firms in Switzerland. We offer services in our core areas of expertise: audit, financial services, business services and outsourcing, tax and legal advisory, and management consulting. With 34 offices in Switzerland, BDO’s network offers the most extensive coverage in the industry. For BDO’s people – around 1,300 professionals – close links and expertise are the key to successful and lasting relationships with our clients. BDO Ltd audits and advises industrial and service sector companies, including SMEs, listed companies, public authorities and non-profit organisations.
For clients with an international focus, BDO draws on a global organisation spanning more than 160 countries. BDO Ltd has its head office in Zurich and is an independent, legally separate Swiss firm belonging to the international BDO network, whose head office is in Brussels (Belgium).