Our History

History

Lombard Odier IM is the independent asset management arm of the Lombard Odier Group.
Founded in 1796, Lombard Odier is the oldest private bank in Geneva and also one of the largest in Switzerland and the rest of Europe.

 

2008
2008

Creation of Fondation Philanthropia

  • Created for Lombard Odier clients, Fondation Philanthropia is an umbrella foundation that combines simplicity and flexibility
  • Fondation Philanthropia enables you to provide support to an area of activity or to specific projects, in your own name or anonymously, on your own or together with other donors, via participation in a thematic fund, or by setting up a personal fund.

 

2007
2007

Lombard Odier becomes signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment and Member of the UNEP FI

2005
2005

Founding member of the ICRC Corporate Support Group

  • Lombard Odier’s corporate foundation, ‘Fondation Lombard Odier’, carries out the philanthropic activities of our Firm and its Partners. The foundation nurtures privileged relationships with key institutions, for example with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the humanitarian field
2001
2001

Founding member of BlueOrchard Finance S.A. – pioneer in microfinance (impact investing)

1997
1997

The beginnings of socially responsible investing

  • Founding member of Ethos – Swiss Foundation for Sustainable Development
  • Creation of our own sustainability approach

 

1980
1980

Lombard Odier creates a ‘Supplementary Pension Foundation’ for its employees, with life insurance, disability payments and pension benefits – some years ahead of its rivals

1979
1979

First European bank to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange

1951
1951

First Swiss private bank to open an office abroad

1950
1950

Pioneer in creating and distributing mutual funds in Europe. Creation of institutional client service

1907
1907

Co-founding of Swiss National Bank

1800
1800

The beginnings

  • Co-financiers of the industrialisation of Switzerland
  • Founding partners of Lombard Odier support local religious associations that help the most underprivileged members of society
  • Alexandre Lombard is actively involved in labour rights and in the abolition of working on Sundays, earning him the nickname ‘Lombard-Sunday’. He is one of the first to answer the appeal from future Red Cross founder Henry Dunant and become a member of the fund-raising committee

 

1796
1796

Foundation