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Butterfield Bank

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Traded asBSXNTB.BH
Area served
Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Butterfield, officially The Bank of N. T. Butterfield & Son Limited, is a bank founded and based in Bermuda. It provides services to clients from Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey, where its principal banking operations are located, and The Bahamas, Switzerland, Singapore and the United Kingdom, where it offers specialized financial services. Banking services comprise deposit, cash management and lending solutions for individual, business and institutional clients. Wealth management services are composed of trust, private banking, asset management and custody. In Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Guernsey, Butterfield offers both banking and wealth management. In The Bahamas, Singapore and Switzerland, Butterfield offers select wealth management services. In the UK, Butterfield offers residential property lending. In Jersey, it offers select banking and wealth management services. Butterfield is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: NTB) and the Bermuda Stock Exchange (symbol: NTB.BH).]</ref>


Butterfield Bank in George Town, Grand Cayman

Nathaniel Butterfield founded a trading company in Bermuda in 1784, and Butterfield's son, Nathaniel T., expanded the business to include financial services. In 1858 the Bank of N. T. Butterfield was founded as Bermuda's first bank. Butterfield was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in Bermuda in 1904.

In 1941, during World War II, the bank opened a branch in St. George's, Bermuda, to serve military personnel. Following the war the bank experienced rapid growth, increasing its number of shareholders by 42% and becoming the largest Bermuda company in terms of shareholders. During the 1960s, the bank opened branches in the United Kingdom and the Cayman Islands and formed new companies to handle mortgages and trusts, followed by its third Bermuda branch, in Somerset, Bermuda, in 1970. During the 1980s the bank took over the Bermuda National Bank, expanded its overseas business and introduced automated teller machines (ATMs) into Bermuda. In 2004, the bank acquired City of London merchant bank Leopold Joseph, This purchase also included Leopold Joseph Guernsey Limited.[1]

In March 2010, Butterfield Group posted a US$213 million loss, and announced that CIBC, the Carlyle Group and other institutional investors had collectively purchased a majority stake in the bank through a capital injection of US$550 million.[2]

It was also announced at that time that CEO & President Alan Thompson had stepped down from leadership of the company, with then-CFO Brad Kopp assuming the role of President and CEO.

Butterfield returned to profitability in 2011, posting net income for the year of US$40.5 million.

In 2012, Brendan McDonagh, who was previously Chief Executive Officer of HSBC North America Holdings and Group Managing Director, HSBC Holdings plc, joined Butterfield as a Director and Executive Chairman. In August 2012, McDonagh was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

In 2014, Butterfield acquired the trust and fiduciary services business of Guernsey-based Legis Group, adding further scale to its international trust business. In 2015, Butterfield completed the acquisition of select personal and corporate banking business from HSBC in the Cayman Islands, similarly expanding its market presence in that market.

On April 30, 2015, Butterfield repurchased and cancelled the majority of CIBC's shareholding in the Bank, with other shareholders taking up CIBC's remaining shares, and CIBC ceased to be a Butterfield shareholder.

In September 2015, Michael Collins, who was previously Senior Executive Vice President, was named Butterfield's Chief Executive Officer, and Brendan McDonagh, former CEO, became the bank's Executive Chairman. McDonagh retired from the Bank and Board in October 2015, at which time Barclay Simmons, previously Vice Chairman, became Chairman of the Board.

In September 2016, Butterfield became listed on the New York Stock Exchange through a successful $287.5 million initial public offering in the US. Following the listing, the Carlyle Group divested its holdings of Butterfield shares, and the Bank today is held widely by US institutional investors and individual shareholders.

Barclay Simmons retired as Chairman in 2017,[3] and Michael Collins became Chairman of the Board in addition to his responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer.[4]

In 2018, Butterfield acquired from Deutsche Bank both its Global Trust Solutions business, which resulted in the addition of a Singapore trust company and a Mauritius-based support centre to the Butterfield network, and its Channel Islands Banking business, which resulted in Butterfield obtaining a full banking license in Jersey; the first bank to do so in a dozen years.[5]

In April 2019 Butterfield bought the private banking activities of ABN AMRO on the Channel Islands [6]


  1. ^ "Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited". Bermuda Stock Exchange. 2009. Archived from the original on 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  2. ^ "CIBC takes minority stake in Bermuda bank". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 2010-03-02.
  3. ^ says, Vote for Me (2015-10-30). "Barclay Simmons Resigns From BMA Board". Bernews. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  4. ^ Hainey, Raymond. "Collins named Butterfield's new CEO | The Royal Gazette:Bermuda Business". The Royal Gazette. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  5. ^ "Butterfield Completes Acquisition of Deutsche Bank Global Trust Solutions". 2018-03-29. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  6. ^ "ABN AMRO verkoopt onderdeel op Kanaaleilanden aan bank uit Bermuda". 2019-04-25.

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