Company History

A long and trusted heritage

With a history dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, Schroders continues to be one of the 100 largest companies on the London Stock Exchange where we have been listed since 1959.

The cornerstone of our success is our ability to create value in line with evolving client and shareholder needs by identifying the opportunities most suited to our style of working during times of market change.

200 Years of Forward Thinking

2014 Schroders acquires 11.9% stake in Nutmeg Saving and Investment Ltd, a UK online investment manager.
2013

Schroders acquires Cazenove Capital Holdings, a leading independent wealth management and investment funds business.

Schroders acquires STW Fixed Income Management in the US.

Schroders acquires 20% of the share capital of Secquaero Advisors, a Swiss insurance linked investment manager.

2012 Schroders acquires 25 per cent. of the share capital of Axis Asset Management Company (Axis AMC), the Indian asset management business of Axis Bank Limited. 
2010 Schroders acquires 49% of the share capital of RWC Partners Limited.
2008

Schroders acquires Swiss Re Asset Management Funds (Switzerland) AG, the Swiss third party fund management business of Swiss Re.

Schroders acquires the Singapore-based private client advisory unit of Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

2007

Schroders acquires Aareal Asset Management GmbH, a pan-European real estate asset manager based in Germany.

Schroders expands its presence in the Middle East with the opening of an office in Dubai.

2006

Schroders completes the acquisition of NewFinance Capital, a London-based manager of funds of hedge funds.

2005

Schroders establishes a joint venture fund management company in China with Bank of Communications Co. Ltd.

2004 Schroders celebrates its 200th anniversary.
2000 Schroders becomes solely focussed on asset management and related businesses following the sale of its investment banking arm to Citigroup.
1990s Schroders expands its presence in Asia Pacific with representative offices opened in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
1986 Schroders acquires a 50% interest in Wertheim & Co. Inc., a leading New York investment bank and securities firm, renamed as Wertheim Schroder & Co. The remaining 50% is acquired in 1994. Schrobanco is sold to the Industrial Bank of Japan.
1960s - 1970s

Schroders acquires a presence in each of the major financial markets of the world. Subsidiary and associated companies are established to undertake investment banking and asset management activities in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, Switzerland and other Continental European countries.

Schroders acquires Helbert, Wagg & Co., founded in 1823 and specialising in UK corporate finance and investment management. The two firms merge as J. Henry Schroder Wagg & Co. in 1962.

1959 Schroders becomes a quoted public company and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Helmut Schroder is appointed as Chairman and remains until 1965.
1950s The name of J. Henry Schröder & Co. is anglicised and the partnership is converted into a private company - Schroders Ltd.
1940 Helmut Schroder becomes the firm's senior partner. He also becomes Chairman of Schrobanco which continues to develop as an independently managed US banking firm.
1926 J. Henry Schröder & Co. develops the investment management activities of the firm and an investment department is created.
1923

As a consequence of the First World War, New York emerged as a financial centre to rival London. In 1923 the Schröder partners took advantage of this, establishing a firm in New York, the J Henry Schröder Banking Corporation or Schrobanco as it came to be known.

1910 On the death of John Henry Schröder, his nephew, Baron Bruno Schröder, becomes head of the London firm.
1900 - 1914 By the beginning of the 20th century, Schroders is one of the leading banking houses in London, issuing bonds for clients in North and South America, South Africa, Russia, China, Japan and Europe.
1895 Baron Bruno Schröder, becomes a partner.. Along with his partner, Frank Tiarks, he goes on to lead the business for the first four decades of the twentieth century.
1870 Schroders introduces the Japanese government's first foreign loan to the London market. This raises £1 million to finance the construction of the country’s first railway, between Tokyo and Yokohama. 
1869 Schroders' strong connections with Latin America lead to the firm being appointed as the British agent for the sale of Peruvian guano – an important fertiliser at the time. A specialist department is established to handle the guano business and for the next decade it makes a significant contribution to the firm's profits.
1853 J. Henry Schröder & Co takes a big step forward when it begins issuing bonds for overseas borrowers in the London market. The firm's first bond is issued in 1853 to finance the Matanzas and Sabanilla Railway in Cuba.
1850 Schröder Stiftung, a charitable trust, is launched in Hamburg.
1819 Johann Heinrich Schröder sets up a sister firm in Hamburg.
1818 J. Henry Schröder & Co. is established by Johann Heinrich Schröder.
1804 The history of Schroders as we know it today begins in 1804, when Johann Heinrich Schröder becomes a partner in J. F. Schröder & Co, the London-based firm founded by his brother, Johann Friedrich Schröder, in 1800. The company prospers, focusing on the finance of trade between America and Europe, particularly in the tobacco, cotton and sugar markets.