The Standard Life Assurance Company was established in 1825 and was reincorporated as a mutual assurance company in 1925.
During the 19th century it opened offices in Canada, India, Shanghai and Uruguay.
In 2006 demutualisation took place and the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange.
The company sold Standard Life Bank plc to Barclays plc in January 2010 and then acquired the remaining 75 per cent stake in Three sixty, a financial advisory support business, that it did not already own for an undisclosed sum in March 2010.
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