The investment banking arm of the family-owned Rothschild Group,
Rothschild has been serving governments, corporations, and wealthy
individuals for two centuries. Its London headquarters have never
moved from New Court, St Swithin's Lane, though over the years its
offices have been rebuilt and expanded. The latest version is a Rem
Koolhaas-designed tower with a rooftop pavilion.
The Rothschild story began in 1769 when Mayer Amschel Rothschild
began offering banking services in his home town of Frankfurt,
Germany. His five sons carried the family business-and the family
name-across Europe, winning fame as the financiers who funded the
Duke of Wellington's victory over Napoleon. In later years, the
Rothschilds arranged loans for the Prussian government; kept the
Bank of England afloat during a financial crisis; financed the
British government's purchase of a controlling stake in the Suez
Canal; helped De Beers founder Cecil Rhodes establish his eponymous
scholarship at Oxford; and played a major role in financing the
London Tube. The modern Rothschild family includes vast holdings of
art and land, not to mention historic estates and some of the most
esteemed vineyards in the French wine country.
There are also the financial services businesses, of course.
These underwent reorganisation in 2003 when a new holding company,
Concordia BV, was created to oversee operations in Europe.
Rothschilds Continuation Holdings AG is the holding company for
U.K. and other international businesses; while it remains under the
control of the Rothschild family, Hong Kong-based Jardine Strategic
owns a 20 percent stake, and Rabobank owns 7.5 percent.
Perhaps best known as a high-powered advisor, Rothschild's
investment banking division provides debt advice and restructuring
services, mergers and acquisitions advice, equity advice, and
advice on divestments and privatisations. Other divisions cover
private banking and trust, merchant banking, and corporate banking.
It has approximately 2,800 employees who work out of offices in
more than 40 cities worldwide, though its footprint remains largest
in Europe. Rothschild's industry sector groups include real estate,
financial institutions, consumer and retail, hotels and leisure,
healthcare, mining, industrials, business services, energy and
power, transport and infrastructure, and technology, media, and