After more than four centuries of activity in Switzerland, representatives of the Hottinguer family settled in France to found a bank in 1786 and develop a business flow then carried by the expansion of the wide-scale international trading. The founder of the bank, Jean-Conrad Hottinger, actively participates in the creation of the first shareholders syndicate of the Banque de France. He was named Baron of Empire in 1810.
Generation after generation, the Hottingers participate in the creation of prestigious companies such as the Compagnie Générale des Eaux, the Caisse d’Epargne de Paris and the PLM railway company. They specialize in both the issuance and placement of securities – the most important of their time – and in financial and industrial investment.
In the twentieth century, the Hottingers extend their financial activities to the then very advanced insurance sector, by participating in the creation of the AXA Group. They are expanding internationally, settling again in Switzerland and creating companies in the United States to focus on financial advice, wealth management and real estate.