List of Largest French Banks
- BNP Paribas (with 1,819 billion euros in assets);
- Crédit Agricole Group (with 1,687 billion euros in assets);
- Societe Generale Group (with 1,214 billion euros in assets);
- Groupe BPCE - 1,123 billion euros in assets;
- Groupe Crédit Mutuel-CIC - 645 billion euros in assets.
Credit Agricole, also known as the Green Bank because of its original activity in the service of world agriculture, is a French network of cooperative banks composed of 39 regional units. The list of bank’s subsidiaries includes LCL Le Crédit Lyonnais, Crédit agricole CIB, Cariparma, Amundi and BforBank.
The bank belongs to the Crédit du Nord financial group, made up of seven financial institutions: Bank Courtois, Kolb bank Laydernier bank Nuger bank, the Rhône-Alpes bank, Tarneaud bank and Gilbert Dupont company.
Crédit du Nord has some 785 branches throughout the French territory and employs no fewer than 8,700 employees. Its customer base is now estimated at about 1.92 million customers, with a sharp rise in the first half of 2011 to 48,000 additional customers.
The bank was founded in 1818 in Paris. It is a part of the Caisse d’Epargne financial group, that until July 2009 consisted of 17 branches in France. On 31 July, 2009, the bank teamed up with the Banques Populaires and as a result, the new company, called Groupe BPCE, became the second largest banking group in France.
BNP Paribas Group was founded in 2000 by the merger of BNP and Paribas. The company inherits traditions of the two largest banks – BNP, the first French bank, whose origins date back to 1848, and the investment bank Paribas, founded in 1872. Today, the banking group operates in three strategic main areas: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate and Investment Banking.
The Banque Transatlantique has developed recognized expertise in the fields of the private banking, asset management, administration of employee share ownership scheme and the management of expatriates. Present in London since 1986, Banque Transatlantique continues to grow and multiply its operations at the international markets with subsidiaries, branches and representative offices: Singapore in 2001, Luxembourg in 2002, Brussels in 2005, New York , Montreal and Hong Kong in 2011, Geneva in 2012.