The heritage of Hansa

We build on more than a century of investment, giving us extensive experience in navigating markets and managing wealth on behalf of families to help meet their intergenerational financial goals

Hansa Investment Company Limited plots its origins back to 1912, when Scottish & Mercantile Investment Trust was launched.

Since the 1950s, the company has been closely associated with the Salomon Family, whose family trusts became substantial shareholders in Hansa Trust.

Over the following decades, the family under the leadership of Sir Walter Salomon contributed greatly in building a publicly-owned and independently-run investment company that could enable private investors, alongside professional investors, to access investments not normally available to them.

Today, the company has investment assets of more than £3XX million*, and serves more than XXX private and institutional shareholders.

To help ensure continuity of approach and ethos, William Salomon currently serves as a Director of Hansa Investment Company Limited as well as being the Senior Partner of the Portfolio Manager, Hansa Capital Partners LLP.


 *As at end-September 2022

Hansa Investment Company



The company that became Hansa Investment Company Limited was established though it was then known as Alto Paranà Development Company Limited


    Rea Brothers was formed


    The Salomon Family obtain control of Rea Brothers.


    Alto Paranà changed its name to Scottish and Mercantile Investment Company Limited


    On behalf of its clients, including Scottish and Mercantile, Rea Brothers purchased 58% of Ocean Wilson Holdings Limited, an investment still held today.


    Scottish and Mercantile becomes Finsbury Trust PLC

    Hansa Global Equity Fund is launched

    Rea Brothers was sold


    Finsbury Trust PLC becomes Hansa Trust PLC


    Ocean Wilsons successfully floats 41.75% of Wilsons Limited on the Sao Paulo and Luxembourg stock exchanges


    Strategic review of Hansa Trust initiated


    Hansa Harbour Fund is launched