Standard Chartered PLC (LSE: STAN, SEHK: 2888, OTCBB: SCBFF, NSE: STAN) is a British financial services company headquartered in London, England with operations in more than seventy countries. It operates a network of over 1,700 branches and outlets (including subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures) and employs 80,000 people.

Despite its British base, it has few customers in the United Kingdom and around 90% of its profits come from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. It has only one Branch in United Kingdom. Because the bank's history is entwined with the development of the British Empire, its operations lie predominantly in former British colonies, though over the past two decades it has expanded into countries that have historically had little British influence. It aims to provide a safe regulatory bridge between these developing economies.

It now focuses on consumer, corporate, and institutional banking, and on the provision of treasury services–areas in which the Group had particular strength and expertise.

Standard Chartered have recently signed a four-year sponsorship deal with the football club Liverpool F.C, which started on 1 July 2010.

Standard Chartered is listed on the London Stock Exchange, Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Indian Stock Exchanges and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Its largest shareholder is Temasek Holdings.

The name Standard Chartered comes from the two original banks from which it was founded and which merged in 1969 – The Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, and The Standard Bank of British South Africa.

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