Ernst & Young is a provider of assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The firm manages more than 700 offices in over 100 countries. It maintains operations in Europe, Africa and North America. The firm is formed by a merger between Ernst & Whinney and Arthur Young & Company. Ernst & Young serves clients in the asset management, automotive, banking, biotechnology, insurance, real estate and technology sectors. The firm serves investors and stakeholders. It also manages transaction advisory services and private equity practices. The firm offers risk and control framework assessment services. In addition, Ernst & Young investigates unusual financial activities and performs electronic evidence discoveries.