About us

VERIT has been a successful, independent company active on the property market since 1960. In early 2012 the company was transferred into a holding structure. The areas of portfolio and assetmanagement, business management and accounting services have since then been taken on by VERIT Investment Management AG.

The services offered by VERIT Investment Management AG are focused on optimising the value of property, on devising portfolio strategies, and on preparing business plans for properties. The spectrum of our services is rounded off by administrative activities for companies in the fields of business management and accounting.

Board of Directors

Dr. Thomas Wetzel

Dr. Thomas Wetzel

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dr Thomas Wetzel is a partner at the legal firm Wenger Plattner, Chairman of the Real Estate and Construction Law Business Group and a specialist in SBA Real Estate and Construction Law. He advises clients on legal matters concerning private and public construction law and on buying and selling property. As a longstanding member of the Board of Directors at SwissPrime Site AG and as longstanding Chairman of the Investment Committee at AFIAA Foundation for International Real Estate Investments, he was jointly responsible for key real estate portfolios. Dr Wetzel lectures at CUREM (Center for Urban & Real Estate Management, Zurich) in the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich.

Ralph Kretschmer

Ralph Kretschmer

Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors

Ralph Kretschmer, lic. oec. HSG, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), was from 1996 to 2007 active in
the investment banking business (corporate finance) for Credit Suisse in Zurich and London. Since 2008 he has been managing partner and vice-chairman of the board of directors of EBG Investment Solutions AG in Zurich. The focus of his work is on advising institutional investors in devising, structuring and monitoring sustainable alternative investment portfolios in private equity and real assets.

With Mr Kretschmer, the Board of Directors of VERIT Investment Management AG has a financial expert with much experience in the realm of sustainability.

Dr. Matthäus Den Otter

Dr. Matthäus Den Otter

Member of the Board of Directors

Matthäus Den Otter is a longtime specialist for collective investments and asset management. Since his early retirement from the position as CEO of the Swiss Funds Association (2005-2013) he has been active as an independent consultant and company board director. Previously, inter alia, he worked for 19 years for the Swiss supervisory authority (formerly Federal Banking Commission) and was an active member of the senior management of the Cantonal bank fund management.

Matthew Den Otter holds a Dr. iur. from the University of Zurich. He is a graduate of the Swiss Finance Institute and is currently a lecturer at the European Institute of the University of Zurich teaching the subject "Collective Investment Schemes”.

Urs Wirth

Urs Wirth

Member of the Board of Directors

Urs Wirth, eidg. dipl. Immobilientreuhänder (Federal Diploma of Real Estate Agents), began hisprofessional career with Karl Steiner and Avireal in Zurich before moving to become head of property administration at Mobiliar in 1980, where he was most recently head of property and a member of management.

Besides his mandate on the Board of Directors of VERIT Investment Management AG, he advises a retirement home in a town in central Switzerland and has further advisory mandates in the property business. In early 2012 he took on the management of the Interest Group of Private, ProfessionalBuilders (IPB).

Zita Cotti

Zita Cotti

Member of the Board of Directors

Zita Cotti founded her own architecture firm in Zurich a few years after gaining her degree in architecture at ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich). The company has gone under the name Zita Cotti Architekten AG since 2012.

After an initial success in a prestigious international architecture competition, Zita won further competitions for larger housing construction projects, which she and her company planned and executed.

In addition to her activities as a build architect, she also focuses on urban planning studies and strategic planning as well as acting as jury for private and public builders. Her main interests are trends and developments in housing construction.

In addition to her mandate on the Board of Directors of VERIT Investment Management AG, she is also since 2015 the president of the expert council for architecture and urban planning of the city of St. Gallen. 

Executive Board

Philippe Braendle

Philippe Braendle

Chairman of the Executive Board

Philippe Brändle

CFA, CAIA, M Sc BA, Dipl Arch ETH (qualified architect), worked from 2008 to 2012 as a real estate consultant at Wüest & Partner and PricewaterhouseCoopers with a primary focus on property valuation and strategy and transaction consultancy for institutional and private clients. Between 2013 and 2015, he gained experience of multi-asset portfolio management and the regulation of the Swiss financial sector as an investment manager for an international insurance group. He took up the post of CEO of VERIT Investment Management AG in mid-May 2016.

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+41 44 389 78 30

Michael Kirschner

Michael Kirschner

Member of the Executive Board

Michael Kirschner, MAS (UZH) Real Estate, has been responsible for asset management assignments at VERIT Investment Management AG since November 2013. From 2004 – 2010 he was working for international real estate companies in Germany and Spain with consulting, asset management and project development tasks. Afterwards Michael Kirschner worked from 2010 – 2013 at Halter AG, Zürich, also in the field of consulting and project development.

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+41 44 389 78 02

Employee

Michael Kirschner

Michael Kirschner

Member of the Executive Board

Michael Kirschner, MAS (UZH) Real Estate, has been responsible for asset management assignments at VERIT Investment Management AG since November 2013. From 2004 – 2010 he was working for international real estate companies in Germany and Spain with consulting, asset management and project development tasks. Afterwards Michael Kirschner worked from 2010 – 2013 at Halter AG, Zürich, also in the field of consulting and project development.

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+41 44 389 78 02

Bruno Kläusli

Bruno Kläusli

Asset Management

Bruno Kläusli is a Certified Real Estate Trustee and has been responsible at VERIT Investment Management AG for portfolio- and asset management mandates since January 2016.

From 1988 til 2011 he has worked in the areas of architecture, project management as well as portfolio-and asset management at different general contracting firms, banks and insurances. Afterwards from 2012 til 2015 he was employed at Swisscanto Assetmanagement AG as Asset Manager. 

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+41 44 389 78 03