SINGAPORE (July 23): Patrick Odier is charming and ebullient as he greets journalists from around the world at the Geneva headquarters of the 222-year-old Swiss private bank that bears his family name. Lombard Odier, which traces its roots back to 1796, has survived major technological revolutions and geopolitical upheaval. Its history is associated with the military campaigns of Napoleon Bonaparte, the rise of the US as an economic power, steamships that dramatically shortened the duration of journeys across the Atlantic Ocean, and computer technology that has made it possible to — among other things — create and trade all manner of financial market indices.

This storied past was on display at an exhibition in June at the Geneva offices of the private bank. During a tour of the exhibition, Odier and his fellow managing partner Hugo Bänziger explained how the individual talents and business acumen of their predecessors contributed to the bank’s success and longevity. A key theme of their story was the entrepreneurial spirit of these individuals, fostered by flexible partnership structures.

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