Our story is closely intertwined with that of our parent company, BNP Paribas, Europe’s leading financial services Group operating today. The BNP Paribas Group is deeply rooted in Europe’s economic history. In France, the predecessors of the BNP, the Comptoirs nationaux d’escompte (discount banks) of Paris and Mulhouse, were created in 1848 to foster the economy hit by crisis.
As soon as 1860, Comptoir national d’escompte de Paris set up a pioneering network of branches for financing international trade. Paribas, created by several European bankers in 1872, soon became the great French investment bank. Established in 1913, BNL joined the Group in 2006. It has been a key player of the Italian economy, with a unique speciality for financing the cinema industry since 1935. Société Générale de Belgique, born in 1822 and joined the Group under the name of Fortis in 2009, is the leading Belgian bank which invented the “mixed” bank (deposit/investment) in the 1830s in Europe.
Since 2000, as well as growing organically, we’ve acquired a number of companies to enable us to reach new markets and offer our clients a broader range of solutions. The result is that today we’re one of the world’s leading asset managers. But throughout our history we’ve never lost focus on what really matters to us: our passion for investing and for helping our clients meet their goals.