Frederic Hottinger, Financial News
About Frederic Hottinger
A Lifetime of Finance
Frederic Hottinger has French-Swiss nationality and was born in 1961 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. He grew up in France and completed his military service in the air force. He was interested in finance from a very early age, and he studied finance, law and commerce at Business School Lausanne to become a certified New York Stock Exchange broker in 1985. Eager to gain some new experiences outside the family business, he began his career working in the mergers and acquisitions department at Baring Brothers in London. In this role, he completed his junior training in a Hong Kong management bank during the time when England was transferring its sovereignty over Hong Kong to China. The late 1990s were rife with economic turmoil when he helped organise and prepare for the transfer. Through his successive roles, as well as his time as a financial analyst with New York’s Brown Brothers & Harriman, Frederic Hottinger amassed a global vision of financial challenges and acquired a taste for the banking profession.
Breathing New Life and Building Relationships
In 1988 Frederic Hottinger returned to the family business and worked in the financial services marketing department. He took the reins of institutional banking relationships for five years, and then got involved with the bank’s mergers and acquisitions’ activities. His new duties involved participating in large-scale acquisitions, and in particular in the privatisation of Hungarian companies.
Seeking to better understand and experiment with each of the bank’s three main streams, Hottinger also focused on asset management within the family company.
He opened subsidiaries in England, Luxembourg, Austria, Canada, and in the Bahamas during the 2000s to strengthen the company’s international reach. After the death of his father in 2015, he made decisive decisions to define the company’s strategic policy and its reorganisation. He developed fruitful partnerships between the banking group and large global players, thus pooling the combined skills and resources. For better international reach, he oversaw the 2016 merger of the family’s holding company with Archimedes Private Office Limited, a private asset management company. In 2017, the company merged with Luxembourg-based investment company Iteram, thus adding real estate and asset management to its business. The newly formed version of the company focuses on the needs of wealthy families who wish to see changes to the traditional model of private banks.
Sofibus : A Real Estate Company
During this same time, Frederic Hottinger also worked alongside his father for many years managing Sofibus. This real estate company specialises in real estate assets holding and management, which operates the Petits Carreaux business park in Val-de-Marne. After his father’s death in 2015, Frederic Hottinger took the helm and became the CEO of Sofibus. He oversaw the growth of the company, which has a perfectly healthy balance sheet and enjoys a business park occupancy rate in excess of 80%. Even during the 2012-2013 crisis, Sofibus’ occupancy rate never fell below 78% – a remarkable result and a testament to the company’s strong versatility.
For Frederic Hottinger, finance is a great way to observe the economic world and is the key to understanding the contemporary world. Finance also means having a thirst for challenge, the desire to complete projects, and tapping into the energy of the entrepreneurial world. These are Frederic Hottinger’s favourite subjects. He reconciles the family’s heritage with genuine passion, tradition and openness, respect for past values, awareness of the future and the necessity to adapt. Today Frederic Hottinger strives to ensure the growth of the companies he has recently reoriented, and to increase the company’s influence in Europe. Because financial hubs have become increasingly larger and more anonymous, he works to make approachability one of his company’s core values, a place where people appreciate being supported by companies on a human scale, which are responsive, independent and have their best interests in mind.
From the Ocean to Video Gaming
Frederic Hottinger is very interested in new technologies and gradually invested in the US and Canadian video gaming universe. Aware of the growing potential for these games and fascinated by the concept, he is connected to start-up networks specialising in gaming platforms. Frederic Hottinger is also passionate about the world of art and in particular art from the 17th century. The Hottinger family company recently inaugurated Hottinger Art; a company structured to support and promote artists. In 2017, Hottinger Art acquired several paintings by English artist Benjamin Hope, and continues to enhance its collection. Frederic Hottinger enjoys spending quality time with his family and with his children, and invests his free time studying foreign languages and working diligently to improve his abilities. He is passionate about the ocean and marine life, and enjoys diving and navigation, especially along the Bahamian coasts.