The company was founded in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1974 as an international asset management group and banking specialist. It is headquartered in the London United Kingdom and Sandton, South Africa, and dual-listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. This made it the first South African dual-listed company (DLC).
Investec Plc operates in three major markets; Europe and the United Kingdom, Asia-Pacific, and Southern Africa, with its core, focus on Wealth, Investment and Asset Management. It has banking operations in the United States, Jersey, Mauritius, Hong Kong, Guernsey, and Swaziland. The company offers specialist banking services for high income and net worth individuals referred to as Private Banking. It also provides advisory and investment services, trading and treasury, and transactional and lending services to Investment and Corporate Banking. The products offered to clients in these markets are investment banking, asset and wealth management, institutional, business and corporate banking, private banking, investment management, capital markets, and property activities.