Wed, Jul 23, 2014
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Nikko AM, DBS AM team up to create a $150bn asset management team in Asia

Thursday, December 09, 2010
Opalesque Industry Update - Tokyo, Japan-based Nikko Asset Management (Nikko AM), the $117.6bn investment management firm, has announced it entered into an agreement with DBS Bank Ltd., to acquire DBS Asset management, the asset management arm of DBS Bank. In return, DBS Bank will become a minority stakeholder in Nikko AM with a 7.5% stake. The agreement will increase the combined AuM of the firm to more than $150bn, making it the largest asset management company in the asian region, according to a joint press release from the two firms.

The two firms said the merger would significantly increase their products and capabilities, as well as provide service to its affluent population.

Under the terms of agreement, Nikkko AM will acquire DBS AM for $104m, and DBS will acquire a 7.25% stake in Nikko AM tht will allow the bank to participate in future growth of the combined business.

Piyusha Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of DBS, said, “Asia is creating wealth faster than anywhere else in the world and as a bank born and bred in tthis region, we are well-placed to tap this growth. The tie-up with a partner like Nikko AM, that shares DBS’ deep commitment to Asia, will enable us to build scale, while leveraging DBS AM’s investment and structuring capabilities. The combined platform will be an excellent source of product manufacturing, sales support and training, and with our expanding presence in Asia, it wil lalso benefit DBS’ extensive distribution network in the region,. This is yet another step toward executing against our strategy to build a top-notch Asian wealth management franchise.”

A separate statement issued by Nikko AM stipulates other key features of the agreement. Under the deal, DBS will inject into Nikko AM:

  • Its Singapore asset management subsidiary;
  • Its 30% stake in HwangDBS Investment Management Berhad, Malaysia’s leading independent fund management firm;
  • Its 51% stake in Asian Islamic Investment Management Sdn Bhd, an Islamid fund management firm in Malaysia (the other 49% of which is owned by HwangDBS Investment Management); and
  • Its Hong Kong fund management subsidiary.
Tim McCarthy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nikko AM commented on the deal, “With its first-rate investment team and extensive regional network and knowledge, DBS AM will be a strong strategic fit with Nikko AM as we reinforce our position as a leading and cutting edge investment management firm in the region. We particularly look forward to working with DBS to offer an exciting range of investment funds to their clients and to support DBS’ plans to grow its wealth management business throughout the region.”

The deal with DBS came three weeks after Nikko AM agreed to buy Sydney-based Tyndall Investments from Australian financial services group Suncorp for $80m. Tyndall is the 15th largest fund manager in Australia and the fifth largest in New Zealand, with A$25bn in AuM.

Moving forward, Nikko is hoping to establish a strong position in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia as well as significantly enhance its presence in Singapore and Hong Kong.
- Komfie Manalo

What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing
  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Events – AIMA Australian Hedge Fund Forum, Sept. 16, Sydney[more]

    AIMA Australia invite you to join us at our annual Hedge Fund Forum on Tuesday 16th September 2014 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. The AIMA Australian Hedge Fund Forum is a non-profit hedge fund conference organised by the industry for the industry, featuring quality Australian and internation

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Loeb, Grantham cite growing economic concerns in letters[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb, head of Third Point, and Jeremy Grantham of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. have both released their quarterly investor letters today. While news is positive on some fronts, and both men see pockets of opportunity, they also h

  3. Investing – Hedge funds expect Netflix earnings to catapult forward, Third Point's Loeb takes stakes in Fibra Uno, YPF, Royal DSM, Lake Capital in talks to back Engine Group[more]

    Hedge funds expect Netflix earnings to catapult forward From Investing.com: Netflix has made major strides forward in 2014 despite ongoing battles with the FCC and cable companies over the issue of net neutrality. The FCC has now received over 500,000 comments from the public on its pend

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: European family offices struggle to retain their investments in offshore hedge funds[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The European Union’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) will constrain investment opportunities amidst concern a number of U.S. fund managers will stop marketing their products in the European Union under the new rule, said Valentin Bohländer fro

  5. Opalesque Roundtable: Success in hedge fund marketing not linked to performance, but investor appetite[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Success in marketing a fund is not linked to the performance, but to investor appetite, to the way you can market the fund, and to how much time you can spend to raise assets, said Antoine Rolland, the CEO of incubator and seeding firm