The BNP Paribas Group was created in 2000 from the merger of BNP and Paribas. The new group thus inherited two major banking traditions: that of BNP, the first French bank, whose origins date back to 1848, and that of Paribas, an investment bank founded in 1872.
Today the number one bank in the eurozone (‘Forbes Global 2000’, 2011), BNP Paribas is a major player at the international level. The bank emerged from the global banking crisis of 2008-2009 stronger than ever, with new and deep roots in Italy and Belgium. BNL banca commerciale, founded in 1913, was acquired in 2006. Fortis, originally part of the prestigious Société Groupe de Belgique founded in 1822, joined the Group in 2009 and became BNP Paribas Fortis.