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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 telecoms.
New Court, St. Swithin's Lane
London EC4P 4DU
Phone: +44 20 7280 5000
Employer Type: Private
Chairman: Baron David de Rothschild
Co-CEO: Nigel Higgins
Co-CEO: Oliver Pecoux
2014 Employees (All Locations): 2,800