Standard Chartered PLC (LON: STAN) is a British banking company, with headquarters in London, the United Kingdom and has a multinational presence. It was formed in the year 1969, through the merger of two separate banks – the Standard Bank and the Chartered Bank, Standard Chartered Bank was formed, to capture the efficiencies of regional diversity. The group's shares are listed primarily on the London Stock Exchange, with further a listing in two financial centres in Asia - Hong Kong Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange in India. The group offers a wide range of services and products, catering to companies of all size – from start-ups to multinational corporations and institutions. The group employs more than 86,000 people around the world, who come from 125 different countries. The bank has been around for more than 160 years and now boasts of 1,026 branches worldwide. The bank is present in 60 markets all around the world. On the London Stock Exchange, the shares of the bank are identified with the ticker symbol STAN, and they also form part of the FTSE 100 index there.