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The future has a history

Metzler Bank celebrates its 350th birthday in 2024. The desire to remain independent and the courage to embrace change are two constants that have characterized the bank throughout its long history. Come with us on a journey through the centuries.

2024

Metzler Bank turns 350.

2022

Metzler establishes a Digital Assets Office as a competence center for all topics related to the digital world.

2021

Metzler’s legal status is altered from a private stock company (KGaA = Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien) to a stock corporation. All shares remain in family ownership.

Metzler acquires its first crypto bond.

2017

Friedrich von Metzler receives the German Founder’s Award for his life’s work. 

2009

Metzler strengthens its presence in Asia by opening an office in Beijing, China.

Friedrich von Metzler
2006

Sylvia von Metzler becomes Chair of the Städelscher Museums-Verein.

2004

Friedrich von Metzler becomes an honorary citizen of the city of Frankfurt/Main.

2001

Metzler expands its asset management business to Japan by opening an office in Tokyo.

1998

Friedrich von Metzler establishes the Albert and Barbara von Metzler Foundation to bundle the social commitments of the Metzler family and the bank.

1992

Under the chairmanship of Friedrich von Metzler, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange becomes the Deutsche Börse AG. 

Metzler Bank endows the Christoph von Metzler Guest Professorship to promote international finance at Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main.

Ca. 1990

Metzler establishes itself on the M&A/corporate finance market.

Christoph von Metzler
1986

Metzler’s legal status is altered to a private stock company (KGaA = Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien) and business units are transferred to independent entities operating under the umbrella of a holding company. 

1976

Metzler establishes a real estate company in the USA, Metzler North America Corp.

1971

Friedrich and Christoph von Metzler join top management and transform Metzler into an investment bank. 

Albert von Metzler
1961

Albert von Metzler is elected Chairman of the Board of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. 

1950

Albert von Metzler is released from captivity as a prisoner of war and rejoins the bank’s management. 

As of 1945

Under the management of Dr. Gustav von Metzler and Hugo von Metzler, the bank resumes business activities. 

1944

The bank’s head office at Grosse Gallusstrasse 18 is almost completely destroyed, rebuilt after the war, and serves as the company's headquarters until 2014.

Dr. Gustav von Metzler
1914–45

The bank survives the turmoil of the First World War, the economic crisis and the Third Reich by scaling back its banking business substantially.

Ca. 1900

The King of Prussia bestows a hereditary peerage on the Metzler family.

1874

Wilhelm Peter Metzler becomes a co-founder of the “Mitteldeutsche Kunstgewerbeverein” (the Central German Arts & Crafts Association) which forms the core of today’s Museum of Applied Arts in Frankfurt/Main.

As of 1871

Metzler focuses its business on asset management and transaction banking for its clients. 

Emma Metzler
1866

Emma Metzler successfully urges her pen pal Otto von Bismarck to have Prussia pay contributions to the city of Frankfurt/Main.

Ca. 1850

Securities trading and custody business become more important than lending.

1817

Councilor of Commerce Friedrich Metzler becomes a founding member of the "Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft" (the Senckenberg Nature Research Society).

1815

Johann Wilhelm Metzler is appointed as an advisor to Städel Art Institute, marking the beginning of Metzler’s deep bond with this Frankfurt museum.

Friedrich Metzler
Ca. 1800

Metzler withdraws from government bonds due to low profitability.

1780

Trading in government bonds (for the states of Bavaria and Prussia) flourishes and Metzler issues its first bonds.

1779

Metzler enters the fast-growing, profitable bond business.

1771

Friedrich Metzler, Christina Barbara's nephew,  becomes a member of the Executive Board at the age of 22. Metzler becomes a private bank under his leadership.

Christina Barbara Metzler
1760

The company “Benjamin Metzler seel. Sohn und Consorten” adds the additional designation “Bankers” to its name. 

1757

Christina Barbara Metzler becomes the first woman to head the company, which she runs successfully for 14 years

1742

Johann Jeremias Metzler is elected to the Board of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. 

Johann Jeremias Metzler
1728

Johann Jeremias Metzler calls himself a “marchand banquier” for the first time, i.e. a tradesman who also deals in bills of exchange.

1716

Metzler starts trading in bills of exchange.

1674

Benjamin Metzler establishes a trading house for cloth in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.

History and stories

History is more than a chronological overview. It’s about events and places - but above all, it’s about people and their values, desires, talents, and relationships to one another. Read our short stories about the people, events and places in Metzler history.