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HSBC Holdings PLC is one the largest banking groups in the world. It is headquartered in London, with its head office based in the HSBC Tower, London, a part of the Canary Wharf development in the London Docklands. Its founding member is The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, a bank established by the Scot Thomas Sutherland to finance trade in the Far East in 1865.

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1 Activities in the United Kingdom
2 Activities in Hong Kong
3 Activities elsewhere
4 History of HSBC Holdings
5 External links

Activities in the United Kingdom

HSBC is one of the Big Four banks in the United Kingdom.

Activities in Hong Kong

HSBC owns Hang Seng Bank after which the Hang Seng Index for stock prices in Hong Kong is named; it is one of the three banks which issues banknotes for Hong Kong (the other two being the Bank of China and Standard Chartered Bank).

The Hong Kong headquarters of the bank are located in Central, Hong Kong, in the HSBC Tower, designed by the British architect Norman Foster.

Activities elsewhere

HSBC has a strong presence in overseas Chinese communities especially in Vancouver and Toronto in Canada. HSBC (Canada) is the only Canadian bank with headquarter located in British Columbia. It also opened some branch offices in the USA. There was a branch office on the ground floor of the World Trade Center in New York.

History of HSBC Holdings

On November 20 2003, a bomb blast in Istanbul destroyed the bank's head office in Turkey causing several deaths and hundreds of injuries.

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