Soci��t�� G��n��rale S.A. is a French multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in Paris. The company is a universal bank split into three main divisions, Retail Banking and Specialized Financial Services, Corporate and Investment Banking and Global Investment Management and Services. Based on 2012 data Soci��t�� G��n��rale is France's third largest bank by total assets and the no. 8 bank in Europe. Soci��t�� G��n��rale has been ranked as one of the world's most admired companies to work in. Soci��t�� G��n��rale is one of the oldest banks in France. Founded in 1864 its original name was Soci��t�� G��n��rale pour favoriser le d��veloppement du commerce et de l'industrie en France. Soci��t�� G��n��rale is often nicknamed SocGen in the international financial world. The long term debt of the group is currently ranked A by S&P, A2 by Moody's and A+ by Fitch.