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A forward-looking global bank

At BBVA we are working to become the international digital bank of choice. Our aim is to strengthen our relationship with customers:
– Through an easy and convenient experience: DIY through digital channels or human interaction
– Helping our customers to make the best financial decisions offering relevant advice
– Providing the best solutions that generate trust: clear, simple, transparent and fair conditions

Discover our history

Our history begins in the middle of the 19th century. Our story is inked to institutions that decisively contributed to Spain´s progress and modernization. BBVA is a young entity that represents the coming together of BBV and Argentaria in 1999.
Banco de Bilbao was founded in 1857 and Banco de Vizcaya in 1901.  Both banks merged in 1988 determined to support and promote the industrialization of the Basque Country and thus of the rest of the state. Argentaria was a privatized Group of formerly state owned public banks. Banco Hipotecario, the oldest of them, was created in 1872 to channel public debt payments from the General Secretariat of Treasury and was later involved in financing and encouraging development loans. Its first borrower as such was the renowned Marquis of Salamanca, whose palace is nowadays one of our main head offices.
Therefore, BBVA Group was created in 1999 as a result of the merger of BBV and Argentaria, two financial groups with strong roots in Spain as an entity that blends youth and tradition.
Understanding the increasingly global nature of business, we began a growth strategy in Latin America, acquiring first-rate banks in growing markets. In the 1990s the South American expansion took place while in the 2000s the Group expanded mostly in México and USA. We have also acquired two major Spanish institutions, Unnim and Catalunya Bank (located in Catalonia) and we are the leading shareholder in Garanti, Turkey´s major bank.

BBVA in Europe

BBVA has a long history in Europe. It has subsidiaries, branch and representative offices in Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey. More than 500 employees work at BBVA in European countries.
In Europe, BBVA has a wide range of products, from those related to Corporate & Investment Banking, especially in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy, to retail banking and global private banking services.
If you want learn more about BBVA Corporate & Investment Banking, go to our website:

BBVA (Suiza)

BBVA (Suiza) SA is the BBVA Group’s international private banking unit and has almost 30 years of experience in managing Affluent, HNWI and UHNWI segment assets. BBVA (Suiza) SA has a range of comprehensive value, with the best result in the discretionary management industry. It also has the following private banking services: advised management, tax efficiency services, credit advice, real estate, support in generational transfer, private equity, and more. It has a workforce of approximately 130 employees.
If you want to learn more about BBVA Suiza, go to our website

Looking for an international career?

At BBVA, you will be able to develop an international career path, if you wish to.
We have presence in 35 countries and we serve more than 70 million customers.
We are made up of sound local franchises, with a large customer base and leadership positions in all markets (Spain, Turkey, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile and the United States) alongside a global franchise, C&IB (wholesale business).
We are also present in China, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, among others.