It is only natural that a major business group has a rich history behind it. The HSBC story began in 1865, in Hong Kong and Shanghai, to which cities it owes its original title: the "Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation" - the name from which its current title is derived. The bank was originally founded to support commercial relations between Europe and the Far East. Now, based in London, after a successful history of 147 years, HSBC is one of the world's largest and most powerful financial groups.
Over its long life the bank has followed and responded successfully to many changes in the international financial environment. This valuable experience, its global access, its client-centred philosophy and high-calibre expertise are the qualities that make the Group what it is. Qualities that are constantly evolving, generating continual improvements in services and facilities, providing the maximum satisfaction for the needs of each individual customer.
The HSBC Group has expanded its operations into Europe, Asia, America, the Middle East, Australia and Africa. It has a robust presence in emerging markets and in countries occupying strategic locations on the map of the world economy. It owes this global presence to its ability to identify trends in investment interest and understand the ever-shifting balances of global trade.
With 7.500 service points in more than 80 countries and around 89 million customers, HSBC is indisputably a financial Group of acknowledged status and experience, a business which knows no frontiers. This is why it has repeatedly been recognized and cited as the top global banking brand by The Banker magazine and the company Brand Finance.
HSBC is not just at the centre of financial developments around the world, it actually plays an active part in shaping those developments. This enables it to guide its clients towards the best available opportunities, as well as providing support services on a global level.