Republic New York
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Republic New York Corporation was the holding company for the Republic National Bank of New York and the Safra Republic Bank. The company was controlled by billionaire Edmond Safra, who was killed in a fire in his Monte Carlo penthouse apartment by his nurse Ted Maher. Republic New York Corporation was sold shortly after its chairman's death to HSBC Bank USA, the US subsidiary of HSBC of the UK.
1973: Republic New York Corporation was established as a one-bank holding company for Republic National Bank.
1974: Acquires Kings Lafayette Bank, which has 18 branches.
1975: Acquires American Swiss Credit Company, Ltd., formerly part of Franklin National Bank.
1977: Opens Republic Factors Corporation.
1978: Opens Republic International Bank of New York in Miami, Florida.
1987: Acquires The Williamsburg Savings Bank.
1988: Edmond Safra organizes Safra Holdings S.A. in Geneva, Switzerland, which is 49% owned by Republic.
1990: Acquires Manhattan Savings Bank.
1992: Establishes Republic New York Securities Corporation.
1993: Acquires SafraCorp California and renames it Republic Bank California N.A. Acquires Bank Leumi of Canada. Acquires Mase Westpac Limited, which is a member of the London Gold Fixing. Acquires Citibank's World Banknote Services operations.
1995: Acquires Crossland Federal Savings Bank
1999: HSBC acquires Republic New York for USD $9.8-billion.
2001: Republic pleads guilty to fraud and agrees to restitution of $606 million in connection with cheating Japanese customers by its Republic New York Securities Corporation subsidiary. Their partner at the time Martin Armstrong was convicted and spent 11 years in prison.