The Imperial Bank Limited

The Imperial Bank Limited

The Imperial Bank was formed in 1862 at 6 Lothbury in London. In 1893 the bank was merged into The London Joint Stock Bank.

In 1918 The London Joint Stock Bank, which had over £60 million worth of deposits at this time, was acquired by Midland Bank. The amalgamation created the largest bank in the country.

In 1992 Midland Bank was acquired by The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. It was one of the largest acquisitions in banking history, giving HSBC the major foothold in Europe that it needed to complement its existing business in Asia and the Americas.

Midland Bank was renamed HSBC Bank in 1999 as part of the adoption of the HSBC brand throughout the Group.