Accountability is our guiding principle

The desire to grow our business while maintaining the connection with our rich heritage makes Berenberg what it is today. Everyone is accountable for their actions and this framework drives our responsible, attentive, extensive and expert approach. That is why we have earned our reputation as a trusted adviser that focuses on delivering long-term solutions for our clients.

Our accountability drives our responsibility

Berenberg's strong and stable heritage stretches back 425 years. Since we were founded in 1590 we have been run by managing partners who are personally liable for the success of our firm – and there have been just 38 of them during this time. This direct accountability guides us to act in responsible ways across everything we do in order to preserve our stability. That includes the way in which we work with you – an approach that emphasises your long-term success over short-term gains.

Families, businesses and organisations continue to place their trust in Berenberg's accountability today. As a privately owned bank, we remain free to deliver impartial advice and expertise that we believe is in your best interests, free from the constraints faced by many other institutions. Working together, we partner you on your journey to long-term success.

Our accountability informs our insights

What can you expect as a client of Berenberg? In the first instance we take the time to understand your situation and what you are looking to achieve. Only then can we deliver our financial expertise in ways that are relevant to you. Berenberg’s specialist teams have the experience and skills to meet the financial needs of a diverse range of clients. We help families preserve and grow wealth for future generations using appropriate investment strategies and enable businesses and organisations to solve complex financial challenges. Our approach allows us to develop the close and attentive working relationships that are essential for your long-term success.

Our accountability inspires our vision

Berenberg was founded in 1590 in the port city of Hamburg and has always operated internationally. As early as 1833 we opened a subsidiary in Boston, another port city to which we returned with a new office in 2011. Over the past few years we have broadened Berenberg’s reach from our headquarters in Hamburg by building strong presences in the important financial centres of Frankfurt, London, New York and Zurich.

Today Berenberg comprises 1,300 employees across 19 offices in Europe and America. Through our Private Banking, Investment Banking, Asset Management and Corporate Banking divisions we offer a breadth of expertise across asset classes and global regions. Our scale and reach allow us to combine our skills from around the Group to deliver the advice and access to financial markets you require.

Our accountability influences our expertise

For anyone working in today’s capital markets, experience and knowledge is essential. That is why Berenberg is committed to making sure all our teams have the expertise required for meeting the financial objectives of all our clients. With 85 analysts we have one of Europe’s largest equity research departments, while our 40 portfolio managers are responsible for €40.1 billion of assets for private and institutional investors. They draw on the work of our ten economists who analyse the latest themes driving the global economy and financial markets. These teams are supported by 190 technology specialists who ensure everyone at Berenberg has the technical capabilities they require.

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