HSBC in Malta

HSBC Bank Malta plc was registered in Malta under the name Mid-Med Bank Limited. The bank's ordinary shares were listed on the Official List of the Malta Stock Exchange in 1993.

The status of the bank was changed to that of a public limited liability company in 1997. In the same year it changed its name to Mid-Med Bank plc. In 1999 the bank changed its name again to HSBC Bank Malta plc. The bank provides a comprehensive range of financial services including Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking and Global Banking and Markets. Through a number of specialised subsidiary companies, the bank is also active in the areas of life assurance and fund management.

Malta fact sheet

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Sustainability

Sustainability is central to the way we operate at HSBC and we recognise that we have a responsibility that spreads wider than simply being profitable.

Find out more about sustainability   at HSBC on our corporate website

Caring for disadvantaged children, the environment and heritage

The HSBC Malta Foundation is committed to investing in the community and looks to bring about lasting benefit in society. We make this happen by raising funds and supporting programmes for disadvantaged children, the environment and the country’s heritage.

We work closely with a number of respected local businesses and not-for-profit organisations. We aim to make long-term social investments and form partnerships rather than simply making donations. We take pride in HSBC staff who contribute to the charities and causes that they feel passionate about and we encourage our people to take an active role in initiatives supported by the HSBC Malta Foundation. We work with the wider HSBC Group and make the most of its resources and capabilities to help benefit the Maltese community.


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HSBC Group history timeline

1865
 
2016

Hong Kong harbour, Chinese artist, early 1860s

Staff in Fuzhou, China, 1887

Portrait of Thomas Jackson, around 1890

Chinese railway bond certificate, 1907

Staff in military uniform, First World War

Hong Kong building, 1965

Prison camp diary of HSBC staff member Max Haymes, 1943

Hong Kong garment factory, around 1950

Persian banknote, early 20th century

UK cash machine, around 1970

HSBC office, New York, 1999

HSBC lion, London, present day

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The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited opened in Hong Kong on 3 March 1865 and in Shanghai one month later. It was the first locally owned bank to operate according to Scottish banking principles.

By 1875 HSBC was present in seven countries across Asia, Europe and North America. It financed the export of tea and silk from China, cotton and jute from India, sugar from the Philippines and rice and silk from Vietnam.

By 1900, after strong growth under Chief Manager Thomas Jackson, the bank had expanded into 16 countries and was financing trade across the world. Bullion, exchange and merchant banking were important features of the bank’s business.

In the early 20th century, HSBC widened the scope of its activities in Asia. It issued loans to national governments to finance modernisation and infrastructure projects such as railway building.

The First World War brought disruption and dislocation to many businesses. By the 1920s, however, Asia was beginning to prosper again as new industries developed and trade in commodities such as rubber and tin soared.

The 1930s brought recession and turmoil to many markets. Nonetheless, HSBC asked architects Palmer and Turner to design a new head office in Hong Kong: “Please build us the best bank in the world.” The cutting-edge art deco building opened in 1935.

The bank faced one of its most challenging times during the Second World War. Staff in Asia showed huge courage in the face of adversity. Many became prisoners of war. Only the London, Indian and US branches remained in full operation.

At the end of the war, HSBC took on a key role in the reconstruction of the Hong Kong economy. Its support helped established manufacturers as well as newcomers to Hong Kong grow their business.

By the 1970s the bank had expanded through acquisition. HSBC bought Mercantile Bank and The British Bank of the Middle East in 1959. In 1972 it formed a merchant banking arm, extending its range of services.

In the 1980s HSBC bought Marine Midland Bank in the US. In 1992, the newly created HSBC Holdings plc made a recommended offer for full ownership of the UK’s Midland Bank. Following the acquisition, HSBC moved its headquarters to London.

In 1998, the bank announced it would adopt a unified brand, using HSBC and the hexagon symbol everywhere it operated.

As new markets blossom and flourish, HSBC continues to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities. The bank enables businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, helping people fulfil their hopes and dreams and realise their ambitions.

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