Old Mutual International is based in the Isle of Man, which is part of the British Isles. The Isle of Man has its own Government and the longest continuous parliament in the world. All the life assurance companies based on the island are closely regulated by the Isle of Man Insurance & Pensions Authority. It is therefore an established offshore investment centre offering a politically and economically stable environment. That is why a lot of financial and related services set up their head offices on the island.