TIMELESS ADVICE SINCE 1839.
In 1839 Englishman Jonathan Binns Were set up business in Melbourne.
Against the changing landscape of the time, from the wool price slump to the Great Depression and the Gold rush, JBWere helped forge a strong Australian economy by supporting the public and private fortunes of the country’s most successful and innovative families, companies and not for profits.
From acting as first agent to the P&O Company in 1850 to founding and chairing the Melbourne Stock Exchange in 1859, JBWere helped provide enduring value in volatile times.
GROWING AS THE ECONOMY REBUILDS.
As Australia emerged from World War 1 and began to rebuild its national economy, unique opportunities presented themselves for JBWere’s clients.
Already the country’s leading broker in the 1920s, JBWere pioneered new underwriting for local and state government debt and introduced the concept of ‘spreading’ risks in floats.
With an eye on how international markets could create value for their clients. JBWere opened a London office in 1928, 30 years before any other Australian broking firm.
SUSTAINING GROWTH THROUGH THE HARD TIMES.
In 1930 JBWere opened its Sydney office, heading into a tumultuous decade.
They successfully supported their clients through the Great Depression, record unemployment and a collapse in international demand for wool and wheat, finding new avenues for creating value.
From pioneering modern corporate economic and market research to introducing teleprinters in 1934 that connected offices directly to the Stock Exchange, JBWere found new ideas and opportunities to help their clients grow and flourish.
THRIVING AS THE WORLD EMERGES.
In the post-war economic boom, a surging Australian manufacturing sector and a powerful emerging trade partnership with Japan created new opportunities for Australia’s most successful and innovative families, companies and not for profits.
JBWere were there every step of the way to support the investment and philanthropic pathways of their clients, helping float such diverse companies as Lombard, State Electricity Commission of Victoria, Woolworths, and the Sydney Water Board.
During these times JBWere expanded its network of offices to Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra.
GROWTH AMIDST CHANGE.
Economic deregulation in 1983 changed the face of Australia and gave its companies the opportunity to find new and unique avenues for creating business and social value.
JBWere were there every step of the way to support the investment and philanthropic pathways of their clients – from chairing the Campbell Committee and its work on promoting a floating currency, to leading the biggest share placement in Australian history for BHP in 1997.
JBWere New Zealand opened its doors in 1989.
THE WORLD OF JBWERE TODAY.
For more than 175 years our clients have been creating value right across New Zealand and Australia, using their ingenuity to enrich the changing world around them. We’ve been standing right beside them.
As a leading New Zealand wealth manager we’ve supported New Zealand's most successful families, companies and not-for-profits for generations.
Trusted advice always stands the test of time.