A private bank is one that caters specifically to the needs of high-net-worth clientele and offers services in asset management, familial succession and investment planning.
Below is a list of 100 of the top private banks currently operating within the industry, with some information regarding their specialisation.
Please note that this list of private banks is ordered alphabetically (as opposed to by size), within geographical territories.
1. Adam & Company
Adam & Company is a trading division of the Royal Bank of Scotland. It specialises in discretionary investment and financial planning advice.
2. Arbuthnot Latham
A London-based private banking company focusing on investment planning and wealth management for wealthy clients.
3. Bank and Clients
Bank and Clients is a relatively new company formed upon the merger of Church House Trust and Ocean Capital. It provides clients with a wide range of services including financial advice.
4. Bentley Reid & Co
A private bank with three main areas of expertise – investment management, tax and financial advice, and trusteeship.
BlackRock Investment Management and Financial Services is now considered to be an industry leader in asset management, though it also offers other financial services.
6. BNP Paribas Wealth Management
BNP has worked for over 150 years to make a 'positive, sustainable contribution' to the UK economy and is considered a leader in the field.
7. Butterfield Private Bank
Specialises in mortgages for both national and international clients.
8. Brown, Shipley & Co
Focuses on investment management, wealth planning and lending services.
9. Cater Allen
A subsidiary of Santander; voted the best financial service planner in 2018.
10. C. Hoare & Co
One of the UK’s oldest private banks, still providing expert support to wealthy clients.
11. Church House
Established in 1999, Church House provides clients with expertise and support in investment management.
12. Close Brothers Private Banking
Specialises in merchant banking and provides services for small and quickly developing businesses, alongside wealthy individuals.
13. Coutts & Co
Part of the Royal Bank of Scotland; focuses primarily on wealth management and financial advisory services.
14. Hodge Bank
This Wales-based firm provides services in both personal and private banking.
15. HSBC Private Bank
HSBC is one of the biggest private banks operating in today's market, with bases in over 80 countries. It specialises in business, wealth and family succession arrangements.
16. Killik & Co
Killik & Co specialises in investment management and advisory stockbroking, as well as ISAs and SIPPs.
17. Leopold Johnson & Sons
Part of the Johnson Financial Group, Leopold Johnson & Sons is a family-run private company specialising in banking, wealth and insurance.
18. Metro Banking
Customers at Metro’s private banking company are assigned a private banking director and receive personalised financial support.
19. Northern Trust
This London-based private bank specialises in asset management.
20. Reliance Bank
Formerly known as the Salvation Army Bank, Reliance Bank serves private customers alongside charities and churches.
21. Rothschild Private Management
Rothschild specialises in merchant banking alongside wealth and asset management.
22. Santander Private Banking
Santander is one of the UK’s largest banking companies and offers a range of private banking services to clients across the globe.
Established in 1804, Schroders specialises in asset management.
24. Scotia Wealth Management
Based in Scotland, this private bank specialises in comprehensive financial advice and support, particularly in relation to investments.
25. Societie Generale
Societie Generale aims to provide private banking services with a personal touch, focusing primarily on wealth management.
Prides itself on offering a wide range of services to clients with a personal touch.
27. Apple Bank for Savings
Apple Bank for Savings offers a wide range of banking services for customers across the US.
Focuses on wealth management, investments and family offices for clients across the US.
29. Arvest Bank
A majoritively family-owned company specialising in wealth, treasury and asset management.
30. Bank of America
The global wealth and investment management sector of the Bank of America specialises in investments.
31. BBR Partners
A boutique firm focused on wealth growth and management via investment opportunities.
32. Bessemer Trust Company
Founded in 1907, this firm aims to provide families with a wide range of services in wealth management and preservation.
BNY, also known as the Bank of New York Mellon, is currently the world's largest custodian bank, and specialises in asset management and services.
Situated on Wall Street, CITIBANK was named the Best Global Private Bank 2018 at the Global Private Banking Awards.
35. CTI Private Bank
CTI provides private banking services for high-net-worth individuals and companies with a net worth above $25 million.
36. Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs provides a wide array of services for high-net-worth clientele, and is particularly experienced in investment management.
37. Merrill Lynch
Merrill Lynch Asset Management is a private banking company that works directly with clients to support them in handling large amounts of money.
38. Morgan Stanley
The Morgan Stanley wealth-management department specialises in private banking – mainly in relation to investments and stockbroking.
39. Wells Fargo Private Bank
Provides services for high-income families and individuals, as well as offering services in investments.
40. Bank Vontobel AG
This company has quickly become a worldwide name, specialising in asset and wealth management alongside investment solutions.
41. Banque Syz & Co
Banque Syz & Co specialises in wealth and asset management.
42. Bordier & Cie
This private bank has provided asset management services to its clients for over 170 years.
43. Falcon Private Bank
Falcon has offices across Europe and specialises in wealth management.
44. Hyposwiss Private Bank
Hyposwiss is a private bank specialising in wealth management and advice.
45. Julius Baer
Julius Baer is quickly becoming an established international brand that provides advice on investment, real estate and general wealth management to clients across the globe.
46. La Roche & Co
La Roche & Co provides institutional investors and private clients with asset management services.
47. Landolt & Cie
Founded in 1770, Landolt & Cie focuses on providing wealthy clients with asset management services.
48. Lobnek Wealth Management
Lobnek Wealth Management focuses on providing its clients with investment opportunities through its acclaimed ‘Core/Satellite’ concept.
49. Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie
Lombard specialises in private banking (wealth management) and is one of the biggest banks in Switzerland.
50. Maerki Baumann & Co
Since 1932, Maerki Baumann & Co has specialised in tailored investment solutions.
51. Picet & Cie
Picet & Cie uses its private banking expertise to cater specifically to clients of exceptional wealth – offering advice in asset management, investment, financial safeguarding and more.
52. Rud Blass & Cie
Provides asset management and investment advice to families, private and institutional clients.
53. Sarasin & Cie
Sarasin & Cie offers services in asset management and provides clients with specialised investment advice.
54. SG Private Banking
As part of one of Europe’s leading banking groups, SG assigns its clients a private banker who works to meet their varying financial requirements.
UBS is the world’s largest Swiss bank, specialising in investment banking. In 2018, it was ranked in first position in Euromoney’s annual private banking and wealth management list.
56. VZ Vermogenszentrum
VZ Vermogenszentrum is considered Switzerland’s leading independent financial consultant.
57. Bankhaus C. L. Seeliger
Bankhaus is a private banking and wealth management company that provides clients with asset management and investment advice.
58. Bankhaus Lampe
This firm was founded in 1852 and specialises in all aspects of private banking.
59. Bankhaus Reuschel & Co
This firm focuses on providing financial services to wealthy private clients and middle-market corporate customers.
60. Berenberg Bank
An international company specialising in investment advice and support.
61. Donner & Reuschel
Headquartered in Hamburg, Donner & Reuschel offers services in all areas of private banking.
62. Flossbach & von Storch
Flossbach & Von Storch specialises specifically in investment banking, offering support to clients seeking to increase their wealth.
63. Hauck & Aufhauser
Hauck & Aufhauser is a small bank based in Frankfurt that specialises in asset management and financial planning services.
64. Kleinwort Benson Private Bank Ltd
Kleinwort Benson is part of the well respected Dresner Bank Group, which makes up one of Europe’s largest banking corporations.
65. IKB Deutsche Industriebank
Focuses on medium-sized German companies, providing them with loans and market advice.
66. Merck Finck & Co
Merck Finck & Co focuses on the protection of assets for wealthy clientele.
67. Metzler Bank
Metzler is Germany's oldest family-run bank, assisting clients with individual capital market services.
68. MLP Finanzdienstleistungen AG
MLP Finanzdienstleistungen AG aids customers in all financial matters – from wealth management to succession and retirement planning.
69. Nord/LB Private Banking
Nord/LB specialises in individual finance management plans that are uniquely tailored to the needs of each specific customer.
70. Quirin Bank
Quirin Bank is known for being the only bank in Germany that does not charge fees; it specialises in a wide range of fields.
71. ReiseBank AG
Based in Frankfurt, ReiseBank is part of the Cooperative banking group and specialises in foreign currencies and wealth management.
72. SEB AG
A corporate bank that works exclusively with corporate and institutional clients.
73. Südwestbank AG
Located in Stuttgart, Sudwest private bank focuses on stocks.
74. Weberbank Actiengesellschaft
Weberbank Actiengesellschaft provides services for customers interested in asset accumulation and protection.
75. Banque de Gestion Privee Indosuez
A private company that has provided customers with expert financial advice for over 140 years.
76. Banque Neuflize OBC
Banque Neuflize OBC specialises in asset management for successful businesses and entrepreneurs.
77. Crédit Industriel et Commercial
As part of one of the largest banking organisations in the country, Crédit Industriel et Commercial recently opened branches specialising in private banking.
78. Crédit Agricole Private Bank
Crédit Agricole specialises in all areas of private banking and provides cover to an impressive 11% of non-US-based billionaires globally.
79. Compagnie Financiere Edmond de Rothschild
A family-run independent bank offering a range of services, including financial planning.
80. Du Pasquier Asset Management
Du Pasquier Asset Management caters to high-net-worth clients, providing them with advice on money management.
81. Bank Alpinum
Offers a range of services to its clients including financial planning, investment support and succession planning.
82. Bank Frick & Co
Bank Frick & Co was founded in 1998 and now caters to a wide range of international customers.
83. EFG Bank von Ernst
Part of the acclaimed EFG Global family, this firm focuses on cultivating personal relationships with customers to better meet their needs.
84. Kaiser Partner Privatbank
Kaiser Partner Privatbank focuses on the preservation and growth of funds.
85. LGT Bank
LGT is currently the world’s largest family-owned private banking and asset management company.
86. Liechtenstein Landesbank
Liechtenstein's national bank, catering to thousands of customers each year.
87. Neue Bank
Neue Bank prides itself on asset management services and investment advice.
88. Raiffeisen Privatbank Liechtenstein
This company operates with the client at heart and aims to guide them through any financial services they require.
89. ABN AMRO
ABN AMRO’s private banking sector caters to high-net-worth clients in over 14 different countries. It is based in the Netherlands.
90. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
Based in Spain, BBVA specialises in a wide range of fields including stock brokerage, investment banking and real estate.
91. Banco Portugues de Investimento
Banco Portugues de Investimento is a major private banking firm operating predominantly in Portugal.
92. BMO (Bank of Montreal) Private Banking
The Bank of Montreal's private networking department specialises in providing customers with personalised financial advice and support, often working with high-net-worth clients.
93. China Merchant Bank
CMB is the first commercial bank in China to offer private banking services and is therefore considered an industry giant.
94. DBS Private Bank
This innovative Singapore-based company focuses on a range of private banking services and is considered to be a leading player in the industry.
95. Erste Bank
Erste Bank is now one of the largest banking companies in Central and Eastern Europe.
96. ICBC (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China)
ICBC is the largest bank in China and now has a base in London.
97. Intesa Sanpaolo
Intesa Sanpaolo is part of the largest banking group in Italy.
98. Royal Private Banking Canada
RBC caters to wealthy families and high-net-worth individuals, providing them with financial assistance in numerous fields.
99. The Bank of China
China’s national bank specialises in a mixture of private, corporate and personal banking.
UniCredit is an Italian bank offering services in private banking.