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The number of asset manager deals per year has grown by nearly 50% since 2010

Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Christopher S. Harrison
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

"The number of asset manager deals per year has grown by nearly 50% since 2010. 2014 was a tremendously busy year, with no sign of a slowdown in 2015," writes Christopher S. Harrison, Co-head of Asset Management M&A at global law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, and author of the recently released study, Trends in Asset Manager M&A, published by Bloomberg BNA.

The findings of this study stem from a collection of information on over 1,800 deals worldwide, across a five-year period from 2010 through 2014.

Since 2010, there has been more than 600 minority deals, more than 1,200 control deals and 1,800 worldwide deals.

The report lists three core deal drivers:

• Consolidation — Smaller asset management firms are being rolled up into larger institutions. • Investment — Minority stakes in asset managers are being acquired as financial investments. • Regulation — Banks sold divisions in light of regulatory shifts.

The drivers were facilitated by a growing global market for asset manager deals, a rise of minority deals, an increasing number of non-traditional players, and dwindling bank activity over the past two years, especially in the U.S.

The increase in activity has been concentrated to some extent in 2011 and 2012 in the U.S. and Europe, leveling off in the last two year......................

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