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OUR HISTORY

A lot has happened since Craigs Investment Partners opened its first office in Whakatane in 1984.

CRAIGS TIMELIME

We've grown from one small regional branch to a national network, advising on some of New Zealand's largest corporate transactions to providing personal investment advice to individuals from Kerikeri to lnvercargill. We've come a long way and achieved a lot.

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1984 - THE DOORS OPEN
Neil Craig (now Executive Chairman) leaves his job in the corporate planning division of Tasman Pulp and Paper and establishes Craig & Co in Whakatane.


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1986 - BOOM TIMES
Markets are booming and the share market performance is a regular front page feature. Craig & Co forges ahead, establishing a direct phone line to the Auckland based dealers to streamline transaction processes and offer better service to clients.


1987

1987 - STOCK MARKET CRASH
Craig & Co has the first regional broker operating on the stock exchange trading floor. A new computer system is introduced after the Edgecumbe earthquake sends paper files into disarray.


1988

1989 - BUSINESS FLOURISHES
Head Office is established in Tauranga and business expansion starts, with new branches opening in Central Auckland, North Shore, Rotorua and Gisborne.


1993

1993-1995 - NEW BRANCHES & NEW SERVICE 
Gore, Invercargill, Hamilton and Whanganui branches opened. Custodial Services Limited (CSL) was established to provide safe custody and manage administration of investments for clients.


1996

1996 - GOING WEST & SETTLING TRADES
New Plymouth branch opened. Craig & Co Cash Management Trust Limited was introduced, enabling clients to hold funds on call and settle trades seamlessly in multiple currencies.


1999

1997-1999 - MAKING INVESTMENT EASY & ANOTHER NEW BRANCH
START Investment Service was introduced to offer clients a way to invest smaller sums, with the option for payment on a regular basis. A new branch opened in Whangarei.


2001

2001 - ABN AMRO CRAIGS
Netherlands-based bank ABN AMRO purchases a 50% shareholding in Craig & Co and the business becomes ABN AMRO Craigs. ABN AMRO Craigs acquires the New Zealand retail advisory business of Merrill Lynch with offices in Auckland and Wellington.


2005

2004-2005 - FURTHER GROWTH
ABN AMRO Craigs is acknowledged as a foundation NZX firm. The acquisition of sharebroking firm Lawrence Milton & Howarth establishes the first Christchurch branch.
Head Office shifts to new premises in Tauranga and Frank Aldridge is appointed CEO, while Neil Craig continues as Executive Chairman.


2006

2006 - NATIONAL FOOTPRINT STRENGTHENED
Advisory firm Greenslades in Dunedin and Christchurch merges with ABN AMRO Craigs taking the the total number of nationwide branches to 14.


2007

2007 – KIWISAVER PROVIDER & NEW ACQUISITIONS
KiwiSaver and Superannuation schemes launched. ABN AMRO Craigs acquires Winstanley Dickson in Blenheim, and a Kerikeri branch opens.
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) acquires ABN AMRO globally, meaning the 50% stake in ABN AMRO Craigs is now owned by RBS.


2008

2008 - NEW ZEALAND'S LARGEST NZX PARTICIPANT FIRM
Glendinnings Advisory Firm in Palmerston North is acquired. ABN AMRO Craigs becomes New Zealand’s largest NZX participant investment advisory firm, with 17 branches nationwide.


2009

2009 – CRAIGS 100% OWNERSHIP
RBS announce their withdrawal from New Zealand, selling their 50% equity interest in ABN AMRO Craigs. ABN AMRO Craigs announces 100% ownership of the business with approx. 160 employee shareholders as well as ownership of the newly acquired wholesale business including ABN AMRO NZ’s Investment Banking and Institutional Equities dealing businesses. ABN AMRO Craigs officially becomes Craigs Investment Partners.


2010

2010 - DEUTSCHE BANK STRATEGIC ALLIANCE
Craigs Investment Partners and the Deutsche Bank Group form a strategic alliance, whereby the Deutsche Bank Group holds a 49.9% equity interest in Craigs. The remaining 50.1% is with existing Craigs shareholders.


2013

2013 – CORPORATE FINANCE REBRAND
Deutsche Bank Group, the Corporate Finance arm of Deutsche Bank New Zealand was integrated into Craigs Investment Partners as a wholly owned subsidiary and rebranded Deutsche Craigs.


2014

2014 – QUAY STREET LAUNCHED
Craigs Investment Partners launches QuayStreet, a specialist funds management firm with offices in Auckland and Sydney.


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2015 – CRAIGS ENTERS THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET
Employees of Wilson HTM alongside Craigs Investment Partners and Deutsche Bank acquire the private wealth, corporate advisory, institutional equities and research business from its listed parent Wilson Investment Group (WIG).


2016

2016 – WILSONS – 50% OWNERSHIP
Craigs Investment Partners and employees of Wilsons, increased their ownership of the Wilsons business to 50% respectively. Queenstown branch opened.


2017

2017 – AWARD WINNERS…AGAIN
Euromoney Awards winner of ‘Best Investment Bank in New Zealand’, the third time that we have won this accolade in the last four years.