|In India HSBC originated in 1853 when the Mercantile Bank of India was established in Mumbai, the Mercantile Bank soon opened offices in London, Madras(Chennai), Colombo and Kandy, followed by Calcutta(Kolkata), Singapore, Hong Kong, Canton(Guangchow) and Shanghai by 1855. In 1950 it moved into its new head office building in Mumbai at Flora Fountain. Keeping pace with the growing banking and financial needs of its customers the bank has expanded its reach and service offerings. Bank offers world class services and products to its corporate and commercial banking clients. In the personal banking segment bank has grown its customer base.