Bear Stearns was founded in 1923 by Joseph Bear, Robert Stearns, and Harold Mayer as an equity trading house. It serves corporations, institutions, governments and individuals. The company's business included corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, institutional equities and fixed income sales, trading and research, private client services, derivatives, foreign exchange
and futures sales and trading, asset management and custody services. Through Bear Stearns Securities Corp., it offers global clearing services to broker dealers, prime broker clients and other professional traders, including securities lending. Bear Stearns was also known for one of the most widely read market intelligence pieces on the street, known as the "Early Look at the Market - Bear Stearns Morning View."
Bear Stearns' World Headquarters was located at 383 Madison Avenue, between E. 46th Street and E. 47th Street in Manhattan. The company at one time employed more than 15,500 people worldwide. The firm was headquartered in New York City with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, San Juan, Whippany, NJ and St. Louis. Internationally the firm had offices in London, Beijing, Dublin, Hong Kong, Lugano, Milan, São Paulo, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.
In 2005-2007, Bear Stearns was recognized as the "Most Admired" securities firm in Fortune’s "America's Most Admired Companies" survey, and second overall in the security firm section. The annual survey is a prestigious ranking of employee talent, quality of management and business innovation. This was the second time in the past three years that Bear Stearns had achieved this "top" distinction.
On March 16, 2008, under the supervision of the Federal Reserve, the company signed a merger agreement with JP Morgan Chase under which JPMorgan Chase assumed the counterparty risk and exercise management control over Bear Stearns pending shareholder approval. The Federal Reserve issued a non-recourse loan of $30 billion to cover any losses in Bear Stearns' investments in mortgage-backed securities and exotic investment paper, with collateral to be managed by BlackRock. One week later, JP Morgan Chase increased the value of its purchase stock swap from $2.00/share to $10.00/share and reduced the loan from the Fed by $1 billion.We currently have the following pieces in our inventory that were issued to this historic firm: