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Jean de Haller explains why Lombard Odier and Darier Hentsch merged, and what it means for the Asian private banking business.

Two ancient Swiss family private banks have merged. People in Geneva will tell you that these sorts of mergers happen every 20 years at most. So why now We spoke to the new firm's partner responsible for Asia, Jean de Haller to find out.

Can you explain briefly, the histories of Lombard Odier and Darier Hentsch

It's a very interesting story. Both banks have two centuries of history as a partnership. In 1796, the name of the bank was Lombard Hentsch. For two years, during the French occupation in Geneva, one Mr Lombard and Mr Hentsch were partners. They separated into Lombard Odier and Darier Hentsch and the story now is that we are merging...

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