Insinger de Beaufort
|Founder||Herman Albrecht Insinger (1757-1805)|
|Owner||BNP Paribas (51%)|
Number of employees
|209 (May 2015)|
Insinger de Beaufort is a Dutch private bank providing private banking, wealth management and private planning to high-net-worth individuals and some institutional clients. The bank has been majority owned by BNP Paribas since 2009 and has offices in Amsterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven and London. The bank provides some of its services through a network of external wealth advisors.
The roots of the bank go back to the 18th century, when the founder of the bank German Herman Albrecht Insinger (1757-1805) came to Amsterdam aged 11 years old. In 1779 together with merchant Paulus Prins he established the company Insinger en Prins. He left for the Caribbean as agent for a family that had provided mortgage loans to plantations. He came back to Amsterdam in 1782 and Insinger & Co, as it had then been renamed, continued to concentrate on business in the West Indies and the lending to plantations.
For nearly two hundred years the bank was associated with the Insiger family, with family members leading the firm. By the 1950s in addition to conducting general trade, the company turns to banking activities, broking, participation in other companies, syndicates and consortia, managing assets for third parties and managing public limited companies.
It was only in 1972 it was decided to convert the company to a naamloze vennootschap. The company established as Insinger Bankiers N.V. and merged with the English Cannon Street Investments. In 1976 the company merged with commission broker Willems & Cie, to become Bank Insinger Willems N.V. In 1988 Bank Insinger Willems N.V. merges with Amsterdam commission broker De Beaufort en Kraaijenhagen and continues under the name bank Insinger de Beaufort.
In 2009 bank Insinger de Beaufort formed a strategic alliance with BNP Paribas Wealth Management. This involved a merger between bank Insinger de Beaufort and Nachenius Tjeenk and the centralisation of all UK activities out of the BNP Paribas Wealth Management office in London. BNP Paribas acquired 63% of all outstanding Insinger de Beaufort shares. In 2014 BNP Paris announced that it wanted to reduce its shareholding to 51%.
- "BNP Paribas private bank, Nachenius Tjeenk and Insinger de Beaufort join forces to create a leading Anglo-Dutch wealth manager". bnpparibas.com. August 1, 2008.
- "BNP stoot Insinger de Beaufort deels weer af". Het Financieele Dagblad. January 8, 2014. p. 19.