Information and Innovation

BBH has a vested interest in the fast and reliable exchange of information which complements our global orientation. Via sails, rails, or steam, the firm has operated or financed every form of commodities exchange and today specializes in transport, helping streamline international capital exchange and transport through innovations such as BBH Infomediary.

For all nineteenth century merchant bankers, including the Browns, information was the most valuable commodity in the world. When it came to gathering and acting on trustworthy information, the Browns’ organization, built around a broad, inclusive network of agents, gave them a distinct advantage over other family partnerships.


Starting in the late 1980s, technology transformed financial services by making markets more efficient and transparent. BBH used the trend to bring the back office to the front office in a way no other firm of the time could.