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The Bank of New York Mellon

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, commonly referred to as BNY Mellon, is an American multinational banking and financial services corporation formed on July 1, 2007, as a result of the merger of The Bank of New York and Mellon Financial Corporation.[1]

The company has US$385.303 billion in total assets,[2] employs 50,300 staff as of December 2014 worldwide[2] and operates in six primary financial services sectors including advisory services, asset management, asset servicing, broker-dealer, issuance services, treasury services and wealth management.[3]

Its predecessor, the The Bank of New York, was the oldest banking corporation in the United States, and the 20th oldest bank in the world, having been established on June 9, 1784 by Alexander Hamilton.


  • History 1
    • Bank of New York 1.1
    • Mellon Financial 1.2
    • Merger 1.3
    • Recent history 1.4
  • Historical data 2
  • Operations 3
    • Business 3.1
      • Investment Services 3.1.1
      • Investment Management 3.1.2
    • Leadership 3.2
    • Company culture 3.3
  • Recognition and rankings 4
  • Sponsorships 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Bank of New York

The Walton Mansion housed the Bank of New York from 1784 to 1787.
Alexander Hamilton shortly after the American Revolution.

The Bank of New York was founded by Alexander Hamilton on June 9, 1784, in the old Walton Mansion in New York City.[4][5] Due to local politics, it wasn't able to procure a charter until 1791.[5] The President of the new bank was former Major General Alexander McDougall[6] and the Cashier was William Winston Seaton.[7]

The bank provided the

  • Official website
  • Bank of New York Mellon SEC Filings
  • Google Finance: Bank of New York Profile
  • Pershing LLC., a subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
  • 225th Anniversary Commemorative Video
  • iNautix Technologies, a subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon
  • New York Life Insurance and Trust Company Records at Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School.

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See also

Since 2012, BNY Mellon has expanded its number of sponsorships.[92] It is the title sponsor of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race in London, which has been called the BNY Mellon Boat Race since 2012.[92][93] The company also sponsors the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.[92] In 2013, the company became a 10-year sponsor of the San Francisco 49ers and a founding partner of Levi's Stadium.[94] The company is a regular sponsor of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.[95]


BNY Mellon is the world's largest custody bank.[50][85] It is the sixth largest investment management firm in the world[86] and the seventh largest wealth management firm in the United States.[42] In 2015, BNY Mellon ranked 189 on the Fortune 500[87] and 250 on the Financial Times Global 500.[88] It was named one of world's 50 Safest Banks by Global Finance in 2013 and 2014,[89][90] and one of the 20 Most Valuable Banking Brands in 2014 by The Banker.[91]

Recognition and rankings

The company operates innovation centers in Palo Alto, California; Jersey City, New Jersey; and Pune and Chennai in India. The centers focus on developing new technologies and practices for the company.[44]

In 2009, the company began an innovation program for employees to suggest ideas for large-scale projects and company improvement. Ideas from the initial pilot program generated approximately $165 million in pretax profit. The program results in an annual contest called "ACE" in which teams pitch their ideas.[84]

BNY Mellon also has business resource groups for employees that are focused on diversity and inclusion.[73][80] In 2009, current president Karen Peetz co-founded the BNY Mellon Women’s Initiative Network (WIN), a resource group for female employees' professional development. As of 2013, WIN has 50 chapters.[81] Other groups include PRISM for LGBT employees, IMPACT, which serves multicultural employees and HEART for employees with disabilities.[80] BNY Mellon also has services for returning military, including a tool to help veterans align military skills and training with jobs at the company.[82] In 2014, BNY Mellon was recognized for its diversity practices by the National Business Inclusion Consortium, which named it Financial Services Diversity Corporation of the Year.[83]

In 2014, the company received an A rating by the CDP which measures corporate greenhouse gas emissions and disclosures.[72][77] BNY Mellon was named on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index in 2013[78] and 2014, and the World Index in 2014.[79] Another one of the company's focuses has been building efficiency. As of 2014, the company has saved $48 million due to building efficiency. Five of its buildings have achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-EB) certification and 23 have interiors that are LEED certified.[72]

[76] BNY Mellon's

In 2008, BNY Mellon formed a Board of Directors corporate social responsibility committee to set sustainability goals for the company.[69][72] The company's corporate social responsibility activities include philanthropy, social finance in the communities the bank is located in, and protecting financial markets globally.[73]

Company culture

BNY Mellon is governed by a board of directors with 15 members. As of February 2015, its board members are Nick Donofrio, Joseph Echevarria,[69] Edward P. Garden,[70] Jeffrey A. Goldstein, Gerald L. Hassell, John M. Hinshaw, Edmund F. "Ted" Kelly, Richard J. Kogan, Michael J. Kowalski, John A. Luke, Jr., Mark Nordenberg, Catherine A. Rein, William C. Richardson, Samuel C. Scott III, and Wesley W. von Schack.[71]

BNY Mellon is led by Gerald Hassell who has been Chairman and CEO since 2011, after serving as BNY Mellon's president from 2007 to 2012[64] and the president of the Bank of New York Mellon from 1998 until its merger.[65] Karen Peetz is president and has served in the position since 2013.[66] Thomas Gibbons has been CFO since 2008 and also serves as vice chairman.[67] BNY Mellon's Investment Management business is run by CEO Curtis Arledge, and the company's Investment Services business is led by CEO Brian Shea.[68]


BNY Mellon's Wealth Management unit handles the private banking, estate planning, family office services, and investment servicing and management of high-net-worth individuals and families.[49][63] As of 2014, it ranks 7th among wealth management businesses in the United States. Starting in 2013, the unit began expansion efforts, including opening eight new banking offices, increasing salespeople, bankers, and portfolio managers on staff, and launching an awareness campaign for wealth management services through television ads.[63]

The Investment Management business operates 14 asset management boutiques and is the largest multi-boutique investment manager in the world.[53][59] These asset management companies include Alcentra,[60] BNY Mellon ARX, BNY Mellon Cash Investment Strategies, The Boston Company Asset Management, EACM Advisors,[61] Insight Investment, Mellon Capital, Meriten,[62] Newton Investment Management, Siguler Guff, Standish, Center Square, the Dreyfus Corporation, and Walter Scott.[52][53] Investment strategies offered by the boutique firms include equity, fixed income, cash, and alternative investments.[49]

BNY Mellon's Investment Management business generates 28 percent of the company's revenue[50] and had $1.72 trillion in assets under management in 2015.[56]

Investment Management

In 2014, the company formed a new Markets Group, which offers collateral management, securities finance, foreign exchange and capital markets.[41]

BNY Mellon's subsidiary Pershing LLC handles securities services, including execution, settlement, and clearing. It also provides back office support to financial advisors.[57][58]

BNY Mellon's Investment Services business represents approximately 72 percent of the company's revenue[50] and it has $28.6 trillion under its custody or administration as of 2015.[56] The financial services offered by the business include asset servicing, alternative investment services, broker-dealer services, corporate trust services and treasury services.[3][49] Other offerings include global collateral services, foreign exchange, securities lending, middle and back office outsourcing, and depository receipts.[3][49]

Investment Services

The Bank's primary functions are managing and servicing the investments of institutions and high-net-worth individuals.[9] BNY Mellon's two primary businesses are Investment Services and Investment Management,[3] which offer services for each stage of investment, from creation through to trading, holding, management, distribution and restructuring.[47][53] BNY Mellon's clients include 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies.[54] The company also serves 75 percent of the top 100 endowments, 67 percent of the top 1,000 pension and employee benefit funds, 50 percent of the top 200 life and health insurance companies and 46 percent of the top 50 universities.[55][54]


BNY Mellon operates in 35 countries in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia-Pacific.[47][48][49] The company employs 50,300 people as of December 2014.[50] As of October 2015, the group's American and global headquarters are located at 225 Liberty Street, as the former 1 Wall Street building was sold in 2014.[40] The group's EMEA headquarters are located in London and its Asia-Pacific headquarters are located in Hong Kong.[51][52] The company's 2014 revenue equaled $14.77 billion and it held $385.2 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2014.[50]


Historical data

In March 2015, the company admitted to facts concerning the misrepresentation of foreign exchange pricing and execution. BNY Mellon's alleged misconduct in this area includes representing pricing as best rates to its clients, when in fact they were providing clients with bad prices while retaining larger margins. In addition to letting go key executives, the company will pay a total of US$714 million to settle related lawsuits.[45]

In May 2014, BNY Mellon agreed to sell the building housing its headquarters to increase efficiency. The company announced plans to move its headquarters to lower Manhattan in 2015, leasing space at Brookfield Place.[40] In June 2014, the company combined its global markets, global collateral services and prime services to create the new Markets Group. Kurt Woetzel was named the group's president.[41] The company expanded its Hong Kong office in October 2014 as part of the company's plans to grow its wealth management business.[42] It opened the BNY Mellon Innovation Center, an office focused on emerging technologies, big data, digital and cloud-based projects, in Palo Alto in November 2014.[43][44]

BNY Mellon began a major branding campaign in 2013 to increase awareness of the company.[38] It adopted the slogan "The Investments Company for the World" and changed its logo.[38][39]

By 2013, the company's capital had steadily risen from the financial crisis. In the results of the Federal Reserve's Dodd-Frank stress test in 2013, the bank was least affected by hypothetical extreme economic scenarios among banks tested.[36] It was also a top performer on the same test in 2014.[37]

In August 2009, BNY Mellon purchased Insight Investment, a management business for external funds, from Lloyds Banking Group.[33] The company acquired PNC Financial Services' Global Investment Servicing Inc. in July 2010 and Talon Asset Management's wealth management business in 2011.[34][35]

In October 2008, the U.S. Treasury named BNY Mellon the master custodian of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) bailout fund during the financial crisis of 2007 to 2010. BNY Mellon won the assignment, which included handling accounting and record-keeping for the program, through a bidding process.[28] In November 2008, the company announced that it would lay-off 1,800 employees, or 4 percent of its global workforce, due to the financial crisis.[29] According to the results of a February 2009 stress test conducted by federal regulators, BNY Mellon was one of only three banks that could withstand a worsening economic situation.[30] The company received $3 billion from TARP, which it paid back in full in June 2009, along with US$136 million to buy back warrants from the Treasury in August 2009.[31][32]

Recent history

The deal was valued at $16.5 billion and under its terms, the Bank of New York's shareholders received 0.9434 shares in the new company for each share of the Bank of New York that they owned, while Mellon Financial shareholders received 1 share in the new company for each Mellon share they owned.[12] The Bank of New York and Mellon Financial entered into mutual stock option agreements for 19.9 percent of the issuer's outstanding common stock.[25] The merger was finalized on July 1, 2007.[26] The company's principal office of business at the One Wall Street office previously held by the Bank of New York.[27] The full name of the company became The Bank of New York Mellon Corp., with the BNY Mellon brand name being used for most lines of business.[26][27]

On December 4, 2006, the Bank of New York and Mellon Financial Corporation announced they would merge.[25] The merger created the world's largest securities servicing company and one of the largest asset management firms by combining Mellon’s wealth-management business and the Bank of New York’s asset-servicing and short-term-lending specialties.[4][25]

The Bank of New York Mellon headquarters at 1 Wall Street.


In 1993, Mellon acquired The Boston Company from American Express and AFCO Credit Corporation from The Continental Corporation. The following year, Mellon merged with the Dreyfus Corporation, bringing its mutual funds under its umbrella.[19] In 1999, Mellon Bank Corporation became Mellon Financial Corporation. Two years later, it exited the retail banking business by selling its assets and retail bank branches to Citizens Financial Group.[19]

Mellon Bank acquired multiple banks and financial institutions in Pennsylvania during the 1980s and 1990s.[23] In 1992, Mellon acquired 54 branch offices of Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, the first savings bank in the United States, founded in 1819.[24]

The bank formed the first dedicated family office in the United States in 1971.[22] A reorganization in 1972 led to the bank's name changing to Mellon Bank, N.A. and the formation of a holding company, Mellon National Corporation.[18][19]

In 1902, T. Mellon & Sons' name was changed to the Mellon National Bank.[19] The firm merged with the Union Trust Company, a business founded by Andrew Mellon, in 1946. The newly formed organization resulting from the merger was named the Mellon National Bank and Trust Company, and was Pittsburgh's first US$1 billion bank.[21]

Mellon Financial was founded as T. Mellon & Sons' Bank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1869 by retired judge Thomas Mellon and his sons Andrew W. Mellon and Richard B. Mellon.[18] The bank invested in and helped found numerous industrial firms in the late 1800s and early 1900s including Alcoa, Westinghouse, Gulf Oil, General Motors and Bethlehem Steel.[19][20] Both Gulf Oil and Alcoa are, according to the financial media, considered to be T. Mellon & Sons' most successful financial investments.[19][20]

Mellon Financial

In 1988, the Bank of New York merged with Irving Bank Corporation.[15] From 1993 to 1998, the bank made 33 acquisitions, including acquiring JP Morgan’s Global Custody Business in 1995.[13] Ivy Asset Management was acquired in 2000, and the bank acquired Pershing LLC, the United States' second-largest trade clearinghouse, in 2003.[13][16] In 2006, the Bank of New York traded its retail banking and regional middle-market businesses for J.P. Morgan Chase's corporate trust assets. The deal signaled the bank's exit from retail banking.[17]

Through the early 1900s, the Bank of New York continued to expand and prosper.[11][13] In July 1922, the bank merged with the New York Life Insurance and Trust Company.[14] The bank continued to profit and pay dividends throughout the Great Depression, and its total deposits increased during the decade.[11][13] In 1948, the Bank again merged, this time with the Fifth Avenue Bank, which was followed by a merger in 1966 with the Empire Trust Company.[10][13] The bank's holding company was created in 1969.[10]

During the 1800s, the bank was known for its conservative lending practices that allowed it to weather financial crises. It was involved in the funding of the Morris and Erie canals, and steamboat companies.[10][11] The bank helped finance both the War of 1812 and the Union Army during the American Civil War.[12][13] Following the Civil War, the bank loaned money to many major infrastructure projects, including utilities, railroads, and the New York City Subway.[10]

[9] The Bank of New York was the first company to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange when it first opened in 1792.[8]

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