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Friedrich Michael Hauck was only 25 years old when he laid the foundations in Frankfurt am Main for the bank of today. On January 1, 1796 he became a partner of a forwarding and commissioning business, which was then renamed Speditions- und Commissionsgeschäft Gebhard & Hauck. While traveling extensively on business across national borders, the qualified merchant Hauck, who originally hailed from the Palatinate region, had built up a large network that would be of great benefit to him.

Despite the upheavals that were to follow in the wake of the French Revolution, the opportunities for his own company prevailed, and so he moved to the trading city of Frankfurt am Main. In keeping with the merchant banks of the time, the trading company increasingly began to offer banking transactions.

Heinrich Aufhäuser was only slightly older – namely 28 years of age – when he registered a banking business at the Office of Trade of the city of Munich on May 14, 1870. Ten days later, Bank- und Wechselgschäft Scharlach & Aufhäuser, the bank and exchange business which he founded with his partner Samuel Scharlach, opened its doors. Aufhäuser had learned banking “from the ground up,” and knew of the opportunities presented by the industrial and economic boom.

Innovation makes history

The discovery of sustainable business ideas and personal opportunities, and the weighing up of potential risks, are crucial factors for successful entrepreneurship. At the same time, innovation plays an important role – for innovation is the central driving force of economic development. Throughout the entire history of our Frankfurt and Munich headquarters, we have always aspired to not just find new ideas, but to turn them quickly and directly into reality.

The rest is history – and since 1998, a common one: on January 1 of that year, the banks joined forces to become Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers.

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Portrait Sandra Freimuth Leiterin Corporate Communications, Marketing & Talent Management
Sandra Freimuth
Head of Corporate Communications, Marketing & Talent Management
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