The creation of the Société Générale des Pays-Bas to encourage industry in 1822.

1822

Themes:

  • Banks & Financial Institutions
  • Historical Events
Add to my selection
Document

This document restates the first pages of the deed of incorporation of the Société Générale des Pays-Bas to encourage industry, established in 1822.

If the foundation of the Société Générale des Pays-Bas in 1822 to encourage industry was considerably influenced by the economic concepts and political-financial strategies of the king of the Netherlands, William the 1st, Brussels bankers actively contributed to this project. First they created a restricted workgroup to draft detailed comments on the first version of the articles of the charter established by the royal commission. Their work served as the starting point for the negotiation with the royal commission and the development of the different versions. The primary editors of the document included the bankers François Opdenbergh, Pierre-Joseph Meeûs-Vandermaelen and Jacques Engler. The definitive charter was approved by the royal decree of 13 December 1822.

When Belgium was created in 1830, the Société Générale des Pays-Bas took the name Société Générale de Belgique. Its history is closely tied with the economic and industrial history of Belgium, through its role as an issuing bank, investment bank and the largest financial institution of the country. Following the absorption of the Banque d’Anvers and the Société Belge de Banque in 1965, it became the Société Générale de Banque, which changed its name to the Générale de Banque in 1985. In 1998, the Belgium-Dutch Fortis group acquired the Générale de Banque. And almost 10 years later, BNP Paribas purchased the Belgium branch of Fortis Banque, which became BNP Paribas Fortis.

Close

Contact us / Send us a document

The personal data collected from the Site are subject to data processing by BNP Paribas to enable access to and use of the functionalities offered by the Site www.histoire.bnpparibas.
Pursuant to the French Data Protection Law No. 78-17 of 6 January 1978, you are entitled to access the data collected by BNP Paribas and to have it amended, updated or deleted, where such information is incorrect, incomplete or outdated. You can exercise this right by contacting: BNP Paribas – APAC TDC Val de Marne, TSA 30233- 94729 FONTENAY SOUS BOIS Cedex.

This website has a cultural and historical purpose; it is not intended to deal with trade and banking relationship issues which will not be processed.
If you have a document, a photo, a story about BNP Paribas history and want to share it, please do not hesitate to share it there.
In transmitting this document, you certify to own it and to hold the property rights needed for their use. You authorize BNP Paribas to use it on the website Source of History.
Thank you for indicate the origin of the documents and give us any information you consider relevant to its understanding.

Close

Suscribe to Well of History's newsletter

The personal data collected from the Site are subject to data processing by BNP Paribas to enable access to and use of the functionalities offered by the Site www.histoire.bnpparibas.
Pursuant to the French Data Protection Law No. 78-17 of 6 January 1978, you are entitled to access the data collected by BNP Paribas and to have it amended, updated or deleted, where such information is incorrect, incomplete or outdated. You can exercise this right by contacting: BNP Paribas – APAC TDC Val de Marne, TSA 30233- 94729 FONTENAY SOUS BOIS Cedex.

Close

Files download

I undertake to make private use of the contents downloaded from the website

OK
Close

You have added an item to your selection.

You can find your saved contents in the “My space” section, which can be accessed at the top right of any page of the website.

My space English A+ A-

To find this content on your next visit, you need to create an account from this section, by clicking on:

Fermer Welcome to

Well of History

Since 1822, history has made us a key player and a witness of transformations taking place in society and economy in Europe and around the world. We invite you to share in our story and explore our archives to learn more about our constantly changing world.
Jean Lemierre Jean Lemierre,
Chairman
of BNP Paribas