Credit Suisse Group AG provides private and investment banking and advisory services. It operates through three divisions: Private Banking & Wealth Management, Investment Banking and Shared Services. The Private Banking & Wealth Management division offers financial solutions to private, corporate and institutional clients. It also offers investment funds to multi-asset class solutions, including equities, fixed income products or alternative investments. The Investment Banking division provides financial products and services, with a focus on businesses that are client-driven, flow-based and capital-efficient. Its products and services include global securities sales, trading and execution, prime brokerage and capital raising and advisory services, as well as comprehensive investment research. The Shared Services division provides centralized corporate services and business support for the bank's two divisions Private Banking & Wealth Management and Investment Banking. The company was founded by Alfred Escher on July 5, 1856 and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.