years of history
The key dates in our history
Creation of Crédit Agricole Financements (Suisse) SA by CA des Savoie and CA Centre-Est with support from CA Indosuez (Suisse) SA, with the aim of supporting cross-border clients in Switzerland with mortgage loans in CHF. At the time, we had only one branch in Geneva (Place Dorcière) with 15 employees. Our second Geneva branch opened quickly thereafter, at rue du Rhône (Rive).
Lausanne branch opened. In 2012, it was moved to the current address (rue du Petit-Chêne).
Basel branch opened. In 2015, it was moved to the current address (St. Alban-Anlage).
Fribourg branch opened.
Relocation of our first Crédit Agricole Financements branch from Place Dorcière to Cornavin (rue de Chantepoulet).
With the introduction of useful everyday banking products and services – in addition to the already-existing mortgage offering – we become a universal, locally-based bank able to better respond to cross-border commuter and Swiss-resident clients’ needs. We open a third branch in Geneva (Plainpalais) and now have 110 employees.
CA Franche-Comté becomes a shareholder of Crédit Agricole Financements. We open three new branches – in Yverdon-les-Bains, Neuchâtel, and La Chaux-de-Fonds. The Yverdon-les-Bains branch moves to its current address (rue de la Plaine) in 2014, the same year we partner with Helvetia to be able to offer life insurance.
CA Alsace-Vosges becomes a shareholder of Crédit Agricole Financements. To round out our range of pension products, we join forces with SwissLife this same year as well.
We reach the 20,000-client mark.
We now have over 150 employees and 30,000 clients. This year also sees the launch of both our mobile banking app, as well as a health insurance offer in partnership with Helsana.
Launch of our first mobile bank, under the name “Movin'Bank”, which later becomes “Bank on the Road”. In 2019, a second mobile bank is added.
A representative office is opened in Zurich, at the CA Indosuez premises, which then goes on to turned into a branch. In 2016, we not only increase our pension fund offering in partnership with Liberty Prévoyance, but also create our online branch, recruiting some 20 specialist advisers in Geneva and Basel. We also finalise the securitisation of mortgage-backed securities – a first on the Swiss market in over 15 years.
CA next bank
We change our name shortly after having passed the 40,000-client milestone: Crédit Agricole Financements became Crédit Agricole next bank. In 2017, we also join forces with European leader in asset management, Amundi, to launch a thematic investment fund offering in Switzerland.
In partnership with AXA, we complement our product line with the introduction of a wide range of non-life insurance solutions.
Our head office is relocated from rue du Rhône to the new Pont-Rouge business district; here, a new client area is opened. A 4th branch is opened in Geneva. This flagship branch is less of a traditional, and more of a user-friendly format, inviting people to come in. In 2019, some 50,000 clients now place their trust in us.
This year, we’re celebrating our 20 years of existence in Switzerland. Today, we have over 200 employees and a perfect balance between men and women. We launch our Covered Bonds programme in September 2020.