(Bloomberg) -- When UBS AG wealth manager Abdallah Najia came to Switzerland from Dubai in March for a week of training, he was as stunned by the message as by the scenery.

“The first couple of days have been shocking,” Najia, who advises clients with more than $50 million to invest, said during a break between lectures on March 20 at UBS-owned Hotel Seepark on the shores of Lake Thun with views of pyramid-shaped Niesen mountain. “They sort of cut our legs off and said you guys are at risk of extinction. We need to evolve.”

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