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Butterfield Bank

Type Public
Traded as BSX: NTB.BH
Founded 1858
Headquarters Hamilton, Bermuda
Area served Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Products banking

Butterfield, officially The Bank of N. T. Butterfield & Son Limited, is a bank founded and based in Bermuda. Butterfield offers a full range of community banking services in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, encompassing retail and corporate banking and treasury activities. Butterfield also provides private banking, asset management and personal trust services from its headquarters in Bermuda and subsidiary offices in the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and the United Kingdom. In Switzerland and The Bahamas, Butterfield provides personal trust and company services. It is listed on the Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX).


Butterfield Bank in George Town, Grand Cayman

It grew out of a Bermuda trading company founded by Nathaniel Butterfield in 1758; 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 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 & 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, Mr. McDonagh was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.


  1. ^ "Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited". Bermuda Stock Exchange. 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  2. ^ "CIBC takes minority stake in Bermuda bank". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 2010-03-02. 

External links

  • Butterfield Group website
  • Butterfield Group: Our History
  • Annual Reports
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