In creating the Philippe Hottinger Group, I first wanted to bring together teams driven by a shared passion, that of the excellence of financial service for all our clients.Facing the fundamental changes that are already influencing our lifestyles and to the pre-eminence of digital technologies that are transforming all fields in economy and finance, our human-sized structure allows us to focus with the responsiveness, efficiency and accountability required to execute our mandates and missions.
Thus, in the practice of each of the Group’s businesses, our clients can count on our commitment to establish and maintain a long-term relationship of trust and absolute respect for confidentiality.
Our mission is to give shape to your ideas and aspirations, helping you achieve them.
Philippe Hottinger, founding partner
After a presence of over four centuries in the Swiss Confederation, some members of the Hottinger family elected to move to France in 1786 where they set up a merchant banking house with a view to finance the then burgeoning and expanding flows of shipping trade in manufactured goods, raw materials and agricultural products. Jean-Conrad Hottinger, the father of this Paris-based banking house, was subsequently instrumental in the creation of the Banque de France in which his family subscribed to and held founder’s shares ; in 1810, Jean-Conrad Hottinger was made a baron of the French Empire.
In the wake of this remarkable entry into merchant banking , the succeeding Hottinger bankers all played a major part in the formation of landmark stock-holding companies across a wide spectrum of activities, like water & energy utilities (Compagnie Générale des Eaux), modern banks and savings & loans (Caisse d’Epargne de Paris), railroads (PLM Network). The merchant banking house was particularly active in the issuance and distribution of the common shares of these major corporations to the investing public on one hand, and in the ongoing financing of industrial ventures on the other hand.
In the course of the twentieth century, the Hottinger banking house diversified its financial activities into the state-of-the-art French insurance industry, thus taking part to the major consolidation move that resulted in the creation of the leading AXA GROUP, and it also led international ventures like branching out back in Switzerland and also in the United States with expert offerings in financial advisory, real estate, private wealth & investment management. In the wake of a family reorganization, the entrepreneurial driver of Philippe Hottinger was pursued by the creation in 2003 of the Philippe Hottinger Group.