Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The In-House Bank of Roche: "We Innovate Corporate Treasury"

ZHANG Hong

©2012 INSEAD Case Study
Also available: Teaching Note

Until 2002, Roche’s treasury activities were decentralized. Then a number of external factors resulted in the multinational company recording a loss of CHF5,192 million. Determined to build a more robust centralized treasury system, Roche conceptualized and implemented an in-house bank (IHB) coupled with cash pooling from its affiliates worldwide.

Pedagogical Objectives: The case aims to help students to: 1. Understand the role of treasury operations in implementing corporate strategy 2. Obtain an overview of Corporate Treasury and the stages of centralization 3. Recognize the properties/limitations of combining outsourcing and centralization through an IHB 4. Understand the benefits of centralized treasury in a financial crisis.