Standard Chartered PLC is the holding company. The Company operates globally and is principally engaged in the business of retail and commercial banking and the provision of other financial services. The Company operates in two business segments: Consumer Banking, which meets the needs of private, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), priority and personal banking customers across its franchise and Wholesale Banking, which includes lending and portfolio management; transaction banking, including trade and cash management and custody; global markets, including financial markets, asset and liability management, corporate finance and principal finance. As of December 31, 2011, it comprised a network of more than 1,500 branches and outlets in 71 markets. On April 8, 2011, the Company acquired GE Money Pte Limited, a specialist in auto and unsecured personal loans in Singapore. On September 2, 2011, it acquired Gryphon Partners Advisory Pty Ltd and Gryphon Partners Canada Inc.
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