Legal & General Group Plc (LSE: LGEN), commonly known as Legal & General, is a multinational financial services company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Its products include life insurance, general insurance, pensions and investments. It has operations in the United Kingdom (where it has over 6.9 million customers), Egypt, France, Germany, the Gulf, India, the Netherlands and the United States. As at end-December 2009 it had total funds under management of £315 billion.

It listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

Legal & General was formed by Sergeant John Adams and five other lawyers in June 1836 in a Chancery Lane coffee shop. Originally called the New Law Life Assurance Society, the society was restricted to those in the legal profession. The name was changed to Legal & General Life Assurance Society to reflect that policies were available to the general public but with share ownership restricted to those in the legal profession.

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