Hugh O’Donnell joined the HIGHVERN group as a Director in our Switzerland office in 2023. Hugh is responsible for the growth of the HIGHVERN brand in Switzerland, playing a key role in the promotion of our Private Wealth proposition. He brings with him over 25 years of experience across private banking, wealth planning and fiduciary management with a strong focus on Switzerland, the Middle East, Africa, Non resident Indian (NRI) and the UK. Hugh has held roles in Zurich, Austria and Liechtenstein, working 10 years in the Middle East and travelling extensively throughout this time. Fluent in English and German, Hugh has an expert understanding of regions and cultures which is key to supporting HIGHVERN’s international expansion and growth.

Hugh was previously the Vice-Chairman of STEP Arabia. When not working Hugh is a keen golfer and happy to step onto the course for business or pleasure.


  • LLB Europe (Hons) with German Law & Legal Language
  • 1 Year German Law Diploma
  • TEP Qualified member of STEP
  • Swiss Advanced Certificate in Trust Management