Our History

The Stern family traces its roots back to an important merchant business of the Frankfurt Judengasse in the 17th century and its history is intertwined with that of the great merchant banks of the 19th and 20th centuries.

In 1805, Jacob Samuel Hayum Stern converted the family business into a bank called Jacob S. H. Stern.  The bank soon became one of the most prominent banks in Germany. Jacob sent two sons to Paris, two sons to London and one to Berlin, where they each founded banking houses including A.J. Stern & Cie. in Paris and Stern Brothers in London, forming one of the leading banking groups in Europe at the time.

In 1988, the family sold its last family bank - Banque Stern - in Paris to Société de Banque Suisse (today UBS), remaining active in investments on its own behalf.

Over 200 years, the family-driven partnership successfully delivered advice, transactions, and investments on behalf of a wealth of governmental, corporate and private clients through economic growth, crises and both world wars.

J. Stern & Co. represents the continuation of this successful family heritage.  Our partnership shares the same values of aligned interests, long-standing experience, in-house impartial expertise by providing clear and transparent bespoke solutions to our clients, as we do for ourselves.