Rothschild

Rothschild Company Profile

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Rothschild is one of the world's largest independent merchant and investment banks. 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 divestitures and privatizations. Other divisions cover private banking and trust, merchant banking, and corporate banking. Rothschild has approximately 2,800 employees who work out of offices in more than 40 cities worldwide, though its footprint remains largest in Europe.

In the U.S., Rothschild has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and Washington, D.C. As part of Rothschild's global investment banking network, the U.S. investment banking operation collaborates with offices around the world on cross-border deals, with a special emphasis on the middle market. Its services include mergers and acquisitions advisory, private placements, restructuring and project finance for U.S. and multinational clients.

Rothschild's industry groups of focus 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 telecoms.

How the story began

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 reorganization 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.

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Rothschild


Rothschild North America
1251 Avenue of Americas, 51st. Floor
New York, NY 10020
Phone: (212) 403-3500
Fax: (212) 403-3501
www.rothschild.com/usa

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Baron David de Rothschild
  • 2014 Employees: 2,800

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY
    Los Angeles, CA
    Washington, DC
    Houston, TX

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