Our history

Since we were founded in 1796, we’ve safely navigated over 40 crises: the 1929 Wall Street Crash, two World Wars, the Dot Com bubble, the 2008 financial crisis and more.

Well over two centuries of uninterrupted activity in the world’s financial markets have taught us that crises are the norm, not the exception. So we factor them into all our planning and decisions.

Two centuries of innovation

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    2015

    Lombard Odier publishes its first annual report

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    2014

    Lombard Odier publishes its half-year results for the first time

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    2013
    Lombard Odier launches the world’s first virtual financial fair, via its E-MERGING platform
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    2012
    Fondation Philanthropia helps restore the Latona fountain at the Chateau of Versailles
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    2011
    Fondation Lombard Odier supports the Gustave Roussy Foundation in cancer research
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    2009
    Patrick Odier, Senior Managing Partner of Lombard Odier, becomes President of the Swiss Bankers Association
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    2009
    Lombard Odier launches the E-MERGING platform, the leading social network for finance professionals
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    2009
    Creation of the Lombard Odier trademark
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    2008
    Creation of Fondation Philanthropia, an umbrella foundation allowing private donors to pool funds and share administrative costs
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    2002
    Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie comes into being
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    1995
    Launch of first sectoral fund in collaboration with scientific experts
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    1993
    Participants in setting up the Swiss Electronic Exchange
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    1980
    Lombard Odier creates a best-in-class employee ‘Supplementary Pension Foundation’
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    1979
    First European bank to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange
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    1957
    Installation of the Firm’s first IT system
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    1951
    First private bank to set up outside Switzerland (Montreal office opened)
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    1950

    Pioneers in creating and distributing mutual funds in Europe

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    1910
    Establishment of a pension fund for the Firm’s employees
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    1907
    Co-founders of the Swiss National Bank
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    1880
    Participants in financing the Swiss railway network
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    1872
    Creation of Geneva’s first life insurance company by James Odier and Jules Darier-Rey
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    1857
    Co-founders of the Geneva Stock Exchange (20 years before the opening of the Zurich Stock Exchange)
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    1800
    Financiers of the mining industry
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    1798
    Henri Hentsch and Jean Gédéon Lombard establish the bank Henri Hentsch & Lombard
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    1796
    Foundation of Hy Hentsch & Cie by Henri Hentsch
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Alexandre Lombard

A prudent approach to investing has been part of our DNA from the start:
"The London market has been rocked by massive bankruptcies. […] We now appreciate the benefits of a measured approach. I only wish that I had been even more prudent on everyone’s behalf."
Alexandre Lombard, Diary, 20th September 1847