Societe Generale, A Global Banking Group


 SG BrochureWith a history spanning more than 150 years, Societe Generale is one of Europe’s largest financial services groups.  Based on a diversified universal banking model, Societe Generale offers advice and services to individual, corporate and institutional customers in three core businesses; retail banking, international retail banking and corporate and investment banking.

More than 154,000 Societe Generale employees serve over 32 million customers in 76 countries each day. Team spirit, innovation and professionalism are the core values shared by all employees of the Group. These values are central to our vision of a responsible bank committed to serving its customers. 


A Leading Investment Bank

Societe Generale’s Corporate & Investment banking arm (SG CIB) is one of the key pillars of the Societe Generale Group, employing over 10,000 people in 34 countries*. Present on all major financial markets, SGCIB has been a well known leader in global equity derivatives since 1989. It is the same expertise, trading systems and experience developed over the last 24 years, which enable us to deliver first class investment products for retail investors in the UK.

*As of March, 2014

The world’s Largest Issuer of Exchange Traded Products

SG CIB is the world's largest issuer of Exchange Traded Products, with a 20 year track record of providing an outstanding trading service. Today, Societe Generale’s Exchange Traded Products are actively traded by retail, professional and institutional investors on the stock exchanges of Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Milan, London, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sweden and Singapore.

The huge diversity of our product range means that investors of all types, ages and objectives can access the investment markets at a level of risk that suits them. Whether you are looking to leverage a short term market trend, capture a specific growth or income opportunity, or build a low cost and efficient investment portfolio, Societe Generale’s range of Covered Warrants, Structured Products or Lyxor ETFs can help.

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Our Philosophy

At Societe Generale, we put all of our professional expertise to work to finance the projects of our customers and the economy, with the aim of becoming THE relationship-focused bank.

Team spirit, innovation and professionalism are the core values shared by all Societe Generale employees. These values are central to our vision of a responsible bank committed to serving its customers.


Societe Generale is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Our history is not just about the past, it is also about what we are today and what we want to be in the future.

It's a story that goes to the roots of our identity: our founders' entrepreneurial spirit, innovation spirit and team spirit are what drive us to continue their journey with the same entrepreneurial energy.

Our history is first and foremost a great journey of entrepreneurs serving other entrepreneurs. Founded by a group of industrialists and financiers driven by the ideals of progress, Societe Generale's mission has always been "fostering business and industrial growth."

Over the course of history, Societe Generale has shown it can stay true to its values while continually reinventing itself for the changing needs of its time. This is what we are focusing on for our 150th anniversary. By tracing our roots, we look to the future with the humility of those who have made it through the hard times and the optimism of those who will always be guided by entrepreneurial spirit, making Societe Generale the bank of the 21st century.

Who is Lyxor ETF?


Lyxor launched its first Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) on the Paris Euronext stock exchange back in 2001. Today, with approximately EUR 34 billion of Assets Under Management, Lyxor is the third largest ETF provider in Europe*. Our success is built on a history of innovation and a constant drive to provide investors with better, more efficient ways to access more investment opportunities around the world.

*Source Lyxor Asset Management, April, 2014

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Access to more markets

One of our greatest strengths is our ability to deliver secure, liquid and precise tracking in even the most remote investment markets.

Today, our range of ETFs encompasses a huge diversity of countries, regions, themes, sectors, commodities and fixed income baskets. On the London Stock Exchange, UK investors can access ETFs denominated in GBP, Euro or USD.

Committed to Education

A key area that we are looking to develop is the support that we can offer to you. Here you will find a comprehensive guide to ETF investing and a series of educational videos that focus on essential topics such as costs, diversification and why your choice of Index matters.
You can also read Asset Allocator by journalist David Stevenson, which covers market news, views and important asset allocation information.

Quality you can depend on

Since our first ETF launched in 2001, Lyxor has always maintained an utmost commitment to quality. In 2011 we formalised this commitment by creating the Lyxor ETF quality charter, which goes above and beyond the regulatory requirements of the UCITS directives and the recent guidelines from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). The charter consists of detailed commitments across 4 key areas:

Performance & Tracking Efficiency: Committed to low Tracking Error and high performance

Liquidity: Committed to highly liquid trading and tight Bid (Sell) / Ask (Buy) price spreads

Disciplined Investment Processes: Committed to a daily target of 0% Counterparty Risk and high quality fund holdings in all Lyxor ETFs

Transparency: Committed to providing absolute transparency over fund holdings, costs and risks

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