Investec is an international specialist bank and asset manager that provides financial products and services to a niche client base in three principal markets, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia, as well as certain other countries. Established in 1974, Investec focuses on delivering distinctive profitable solutions for its clients in three core areas of activity: asset management, wealth and investment, and specialist banking. With a current market capitalization of approximately £5.4 billion, the group has some 7,900 employees.