Merrill Lynch & Company, founded in 1914, is a wealth management and advisory company. The company operates its offices in more than 35 countries. It serves as a strategic adviser to various corporations, governments, institutions and individuals worldwide. The company is a global trader and underwriter of securities and derivatives across a broad range of asset classes. Its global markets and investment banking group provides a range of services, including strategic advice, financing, restructuring and risk management. The company also raises capital from public markets and private sources. Its extensive prime brokerage services include transaction and portfolio financing, stock lending, clearing, settlement, reporting and custody.