Merrill Lynch & Co., founded in 1914, is a wealth management and advisory company. Located in New York City, the company operates its offices in more than 35 countries. It is a global trader and underwriter of securities and derivatives across a broad range of asset classes. It serves as a strategic advisor to various corporations, governments, institutions and individuals worldwide. The company s global markets and investment banking group provides a range of services, including strategic advice, financing, restructuring and risk management. It also raises capitals from the public markets and private sources. Merrill Lynch s global sales and trading professionals offer various equity and equity-linked sales and trading services, including sophisticated portfolio analytics and electronic trading. Its extensive prime brokerage services include transaction and portfolio financing, stock lending, clearing, settlement, reporting and custody.