Bank of Communications was founded in 1908
with the aim of boosting Chinese industry.
It is one of the largest commercial banks in China
and the world.

1908 1858

Established in 1858 in the city of Salvador with the name Banco da Bahia, it focused on the extension of credit to agricultural producers.


It becomes one of the only Brazilian banks authorized to issue currency.


The bank becomes a currency issuer and remains so for 33 years.


Clemente Mariani leads Banco da Bahia to become one of Brazil’s pre-eminent commercial banks.


The bank makes the strategic decision to focus on the wholesale segment.


BoCom becomes the first large Chinese bank to be headquartered in Shanghai.


It becomes a multiple bank and changes its name to Banco BBM S.A..


BoCom is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, becoming the first large commercial bank to be listed abroad.


2007 BoCom becomes the first bank to be listed on both the Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Exchanges.


Bank of Communications (BoCom) and shareholders of Banco BBM’s controlling group
sign a Share Purchase Agreement of 80% of the Bank’s equity.


The aquisition process of 80% of Banco BBM’s equity by Bank of Communications is concluded,
giving rise to Banco BOCOM BBM S.A.


The bank starts using the name Banco BOCOM BBM S.A.


The BOCOM BBM conglomerate has tripled in size in the last five years, thanks to strong growth in capital markets,
derivatives, corporate credit, and asset management.


Alexandre Lowenkron has been named president of the Executive Committee, which defines the company’s strategies,
with Cassio von Gal and Leonardo Oliveira as vice presidents. The committee has six other new members, all of whom are
Brazilian executives: Breno Campos, Breno Figueiredo, Pedro Caldas, David Cohen, Luiz Augusto e Monique Verboonem.
Carlos Jourdan, Sergio Freitas and Shen Fan continue to sit on the committee.