History

At J.P. Morgan, we have been helping our clients to do first-class business for more than 200 years. Throughout that period, we have taken a long-term approach to client solutions – providing committed, innovative and consistent advice and execution to our clients at all times. We look forward to providing our clients with first-class service over the next 200 years.

As a firm, we have a history of showing leadership, especially during times of financial crisis. We continue to build on that legacy. From our earliest days, we have contributed to business, society and world affairs. Our actions have always been driven by the desire to do the right thing for today and tomorrow.

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Key Moments in J.P. Morgan History

2010: J.P. Morgan Cazenove becomes a wholly-owned part of J.P. Morgan, having originally operated as a joint venture between J.P. Morgan and the U.K. investment bank Cazenove.

2008: JPMorgan Chase & Co. acquires The Bear Stearns Companies Inc., strengthening its capabilities across a broad range of businesses, including prime brokerage, cash clearing and energy trading globally.

1996: The firm jointly leads the first “century” bond for a sovereign borrower – a 100-year, $100 million issue for the People’s Republic of China.

1980: Predecessor firm Hambrecht & Quist (H&Q) takes Apple Computer public.

1968: The firm launches Euroclear, a system for the orderly settlement of transactions in Eurobonds.

1955: Chase National Bank merges with The Bank of the Manhattan Company to form Chase Manhattan Bank.

1929: Two Ohio institutions merge to form City National Bank & Trust, a predecessor of Bank One.

1915: J.P. Morgan arranges the biggest foreign loan in history – a $500 million Anglo/French loan.

1906: J.P. Morgan is central to the creation of U.S. Steel, GE and AT&T.

1895: J. Pierpont Morgan, Sr. becomes senior partner. The New York firm is renamed J.P. Morgan & Co.

1893: J.P. Morgan is primary financier of U.S. railroads.

1848: The Waterbury Bank opens, a predecessor of the Chase Manhattan Bank.

1824: The Chemical Bank is established.

1799: The Manhattan Company, the firm’s earliest predecessor institution, is chartered.

 

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