Enter Banque Havilland. The Luxembourg-based private wealth investment firm provides a unique set of services to a unique clientele. Catering exclusively to ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals, Banque Havilland offers an intimate, holistic banking experience for the super-rich and a departure from the volatility and inaccessibility of their too-big-to-fail counterparts.
Established in 2009 by British property tycoon David Rowland as a way to keep his family’s fortune safe in the fallout of the global financial crisis, Havilland has ballooned into a serious high net worth player, with a high-profile client list and locations throughout Europe as well as the Bahamas. Its success hinges on a family-oriented philosophy, in which the bank encourages advisement and co-investing among its clients. It also provides certain services - art advisory and inheritance practices, to name two - that appeal to the world of the wealthy.
Lately, the company has gone one step further. In an effort to connect with as many clients in as many locations as possible, Havilland has introduced an “internationalist” business practice. The bank has systematically acquired locations in high-wealth centers, from Monaco to Liechtenstein to London and the Bahamas.
Many of these acquisitions came from Banque Pasche, a fellow European private wealth firm that was launched in Geneva, Switzerland way back in the 1880s. Havilland has acquired Pasche locations in Monaco, Liechtenstein and the Bahamas over the past 18 months, and many think Havilland is poised to absorb Pasche entirely, taking over their remaining Zurich and Geneva locations.
If you’re looking to invest that fortune - or already planning your life once you finally earn it - you may want to look into the little Luxembourg bank that could. And who knows? It may soon be coming to a location near you.