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.
Info gleaned from Wikipedia
Advert for Legal & General from 1977.
Legal & General was formed by Sergeant John Adams and five other lawyers in June 1836 in a Chancery Lane coffee shop. Originally called the New Law Life Assurance Society, the society was restricted to those in the legal profession. The name was changed to Legal & General Life Assurance Society to reflect that policies were available to the general public but with share ownership restricted to those in the legal profession.
The group expanded in the UK and soon began to acquire overseas life assurance companies, purchasing a pensions business from the Metropolitan Life Assurance Company of New York in the 1930s.