Banco Santander, S.A. (Santander Group) history, profile and corporate video

   Banco Santander, S.A. (Santander Bank, N.A.), or also know to do their business as Santander Group, is a Spanish multinational retail bank and financial services company headquartered in Santander, Spain. It was founded as Banco de Santander on May 15, 1857, when Queen Isabella II of Spain signed a Royal Decree authorizing the incorporation of Banco Santander. The initial purpose of this authorization was to facilitate the trade between the Port of Santander, in northern Spain, and Latin America.

.   Along Santander’s long history, many banking institutions were integrated into Banco Santander and then rebranded under the Santander name. Some of the most important ones are: Banco Hispanoamericano (1900), Banco Español de Crédito (1902),  Banco Central (1919), Banco Mercantil (1946), Banco del Hogar Argentino (1960), First National Bank of Puerto Rico (1976), Banco Español-Chile (1982), CC-Bank (1980), Banco Español de Crédito, know as Banesto (1994), Banespa, Serfín and Banco Santiago (2000),  Abbey National (2004), Sovereign (2010), Bank Zachodni WBK (2011), and others.

   Santander is a global group providing financial services to all customers: individuals customers, companies, institutions, corporations, private banking, and universities. The Santander Group develops and markets products and services such as retail, corporate, investment and private banking, insurance, asset management, private equity, etc.

   With more than 195 000 employees, the company operates in 10 main markets where it has high market shares: Spain, Germany, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and the United States.

   Banco Santander, S.A. is considered to be one of the country’s largest banking institutions, one of the largest in Europe, and also one of the largest in the world. According to Forbes, it is considered one of the top 2000 largest public companies in the world.

*Information from Forbes.com, Wikipedia.org, and www.santander.com.

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