AXA is a multinational investment banking firm established in 1817. Headquartered in Paris, the organisation focuses on investment banking, securities, investment management and insurance among other financial services. It has a global presence with primary operations in Western Europe, the Asia Pacific region, North America and the Middle East.
Initially, the organisation was established as Mutuelle de L'assurance contre L'incendie. It became Mutuelles Unies after the acquisition of Compagnie Parisienne de Garantie in 1978. In the following year, it bought Drouot Group and was named Mutuelles Unies/Drouot. It took on the name AXA in 1985. It also acquired Union des Assurances De Paris in 1996 and was known as AXA-UAP.