Urs Roth is not your everyday in-house lawyer. As group general
counsel of UBS, he heads up legal and compliance for UBS Asset
Management, UBS Warburg and UBS Switzerland. The bank has
between 400 and 500 professionals in its legal and compliance
departments, two-thirds of whom are lawyers. There must have
been times over the last 10 years when this hasn't seemed like
The 1990s were a torrid time for UBS and, having become
group general counsel in 1992, Roth was around for most of it.
Amid the controversy of dissident shareholders, protracted
merger negotiations and dormant accounts belonging to victims
of the Holocaust, Roth has seen his role at the bank change
immeasurably. Under intense media scrutiny, he has found
himself juggling legal, political and public relations issues
on a daily basis.
You must have been busy during the merger talks
between UBS and PaineWebber this year.