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History

Hambros Bank was established in the UK in 1839. Since this date, the bank has operated as both a merchant and a private bank and accumulated a wealth of experience in the financial services sector. Following a series of acquisitions as Hambros Bank it was ultimately acquired by Societe Generale in 1998 and became Societe Generale Private Banking Hambros.

The longstanding heritage of both Hambros Bank in Britain and Societe Generale in Europe and beyond has culminated in a well-established and trusted private bank. With both international backing and a highly personal and local service Societe Generale Private Banking Hambros offers the best of both worlds.

1800s

1839

C. J. Hambro and Son established in London (on 70 Old Broad Street) by Charles Joachin Hambro, as a merchant banking business.

1920s

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Hambros Bank amalgamated with the British Bank of Northern Commerce (est. 1912) to form Hambros Bank of Northern Commerce, shortly renamed to Hambros Bank Ltd.

1926
Offices at 41 Bishopsgate erected.

1929
Wall Street Crash. Hambros Bank was not initially affected dramatically, as merchant bankers relied on a continuation of world trade.

1940s - 1950s

1948
Various successful business ventures. Jocelyn Hambro established the British Motor Corporation Franchise (later renamed Hambro Automobile Corporation), which introduced MG sports cars to America.

1953
Foreign Exchange Department reopened (having closed during the war)

1957
Hambros acquired one of London’s four bullion-dealing firms, Messrs Mocatta and Goldsmid, enabling it to deal in much larger amounts of foreign exchange business.

1960s - 1980s

1967
Hambros established banks in Jersey and Guernsey.

1981
Hambros established a bank in Gibraltar.

1986
Jocelyn Hambro and his sons left the bank, leaving it to Lord (Charles) Hambro, marking the dissolution of the Hambro Trust (the majority shareholder in the bank). Set up J. O. Hambro Ltd.

1990s

1998
Hambros Bank Ltd was acquired by Societe Generale to become SG Hambros Bank Ltd and now trades as Societe Generale Private Banking Hambros.

 

2000s

2006
SGPB Hambros acquired KBL Brown Shipley, Jersey

2007
SGPB Hambros acquired private banking arm of ABN Amro Bank N.V. London

2008
SGPB Hambros acquired private banking arm of ABN Amro Bank N.V. Gibraltar

2011
SGPB Hambros acquired private banking arm of Barings Asset Management, London and Guernsey

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