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Advising Wadhwani Asset Management on its sale to QMA, a PGIM company.
Advising Munich Re on the sale of MSP Underwriting to Cincinnati Financial.
Advising The Ardonagh Group on the acquisition of Swinton Group from Covéa
Advising AXA on the sale of its European variable annuities carrier, AXA Life Europe, to Cinven.
Advised The Clear Group on its investment from ECI Partners.
Advising ACPI Investments on its sale to Union Bancaire Privée.
Advising Munich Re on the sale of its UK group life business, Ellipse, to AIG.
Advised AXA on the sale of PMI broker The Health Insurance Group to Ardonagh.
Advised Hermes Investment Management on the sale of a 60% stake to Federated Investors.
Advised Cabot Square Capital on the sale of LDF to White Oak Global Advisors.
Advised LDC on the buyback of its stake in Bluestone by the company.
Advised Standard Life Aberdeen on the sale of its insurance business and long-term strategic partnership with Phoenix Group.
Advised Pollen Street Capital on the acquisition of Miles Smith, a leading schemes and affinities insurance broker.
Advised London and Country Mortgages on the sale of a 25% stake in the business to Experian.
Advised Natixis on a strategic partnership with ODDO-BHF in equity brokerage and equity capital markets
Advised Groupama on the sale of insurance brokers, Carole Nash and MasterCover, to Ardonagh.
Advised TDR Capital on the sale of Retirement Advantage to Canada Life.
Advised AGER Bermuda, the holding company of Athene’s European operations, on its acquisition of Aegon Ireland plc.
Advised LV= on the sale of a 49% stake in its general insurance business to Allianz and the creation of a joint venture in the UK general insurance market.
Advising RL360 on its acquisition of Friends Provident International from Aviva.
Advised Axis Capital on its recommended cash acquisition of Novae Group.
Advised Hargreave Hale on its sale to Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.
Advised Lark Group on its merger with Aston Scott.
Advised Standard Life plc on its recommended all-share merger with Aberdeen Asset Management plc.
Advised Ryan Specialty Group on the sale of Ryan Direct Group to private equity firms HPS Investment Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners.
Advised Primary Group on the sale of UK General to J.C. Flowers & Co.
Advised Unigestion on its acquisition of Zurich-based private equity specialist, Akina Partners.
Advised Tesco Pension Investments on the sale of its 35% stake in Greenergy Fuels to Brookfield.
Advised Reliance Mutual on its demutualisation and sale to LCCG.
Advised EFG Private Bank on the sale of its UK IFA business, EFG Independent Financial Advisers, to Bellpenny.
Advised Camellia on the sale of its wealth management business, Duncan Lawrie Asset Management, to Brewin Dolphin.
Advised AXA on the sale of its UK P&C commercial broker Bluefin to Marsh.
Advised Henderson on the sale of Volantis Capital to Lombard Odier Investment Management.
Advised L&G on the sale of Cofunds to Aegon.
Advised AXA on the sale of its UK investment, pensions and direct protection businesses to Phoenix Group.
Advised Taube Hodson Stonex Partners on the sale of the business to GAM.
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Advised Cabot Square Capital on the sale of LDF to White Oak Global Advisors.

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Fenchurch is pleased to have advised Cabot Square Capital on the sale of LDF to White Oak Global Advisors.

LDF is one of the largest independent finance providers for SMEs in the UK, catering to over 10,000 clients across a diversified set of industries.

Richard McDougall, Partner at Cabot Square Capital, commented: “Fenchurch fielded an experienced, highly committed and knowledgeable team with a good understanding of the industry and market participants. They provided high quality advice throughout the process and took a thoughtful approach to positioning the LDF business and the structure of the sale process, which resulted in a great outcome for the business and its shareholders.”

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Advised Axis Capital on its recommended cash acquisition of Novae Group.

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Fenchurch is pleased to have advised AXIS Capital (“AXIS”) on its recommended cash acquisition of Novae Group (“Novae”) for £478 million.

The acquisition combines a leading specialty Lloyd's franchise with a world-class international specialty (re)insurer, strengthening a broad, balanced and efficient global underwriting platform.

Albert Benchimol, President & CEO of AXIS, commented: “Fenchurch’s knowledge of the Lloyd’s sector and UK Takeover Code were critical contributions to our consummation of this transaction. We were well-served by the entire team which was highly engaged throughout the process.”

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Advised Hargreave Hale on its sale to Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.

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Fenchurch is pleased to have advised Hargreave Hale, the UK based wealth manager and fund manager, on its sale to Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management (“CGWM”) for total consideration of £80m.

Hargreave Hale is one of the UK's leading investment management businesses, providing discretionary wealth management to more than 14,000 private clients, intermediaries and charities, as well as managing a first-class range of funds.

The transaction establishes a substantially enlarged wealth management operation in the UK and Europe for CGWM with over £18 billion in private client assets and £5 billion in fund management  assets.

Stuart Brookes, Joint Managing Director of Hargreave Hale, said: “Fenchurch’s deep wealth management sector expertise and intimate knowledge of the buyer universe were pivotal in enabling Hargreave Hale to select an attractive partner for our clients, employees and shareholders. We were impressed by the team’s dedication to this engagement.”

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Advised Lark Group on its merger with Aston Scott.

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Fenchurch is pleased to have advised the shareholders of Lark Group on the merger with Aston Scott, backed by Bowmark Capital.

Founded in 1948, Lark Group is one of the UK’s pre-eminent independent insurance brokers, with specialist capabilities across commercial lines, mid to high net worth private clients and employee benefits, serving over 50,000 clients. The merger with Aston Scott will create one of the UK’s largest independent insurance brokers, controlling over £240m of GWP.

Graham Lark, Chairman of Lark Group, said: “Throughout the transaction, the professionalism and commitment shown by the Fenchurch team were exceptional. Fenchurch’s insight and senior level access into the insurance market ensured a highly satisfactory outcome for all of the shareholders, our colleagues and our clients.”

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Advised Ryan Specialty Group on the sale of Ryan Direct Group to private equity firms HPS Investment Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners.

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Fenchurch is pleased to have advised Ryan Specialty Group (“RSG”) on the sale of Ryan Direct Group (“RDG”) to HPS Investment Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners.

RDG is a leading provider of insurance solutions to the UK general insurance industry with a particular expertise in the specialist personal lines sector.

Michael Rice, Managing Director of RSG, commented: “Fenchurch brought an intimate knowledge of the potential buyer universe for Ryan Direct Group and an in-depth understanding of the key valuation drivers for the business. Their clear guidance and strategic advice allowed us to execute a crisp sale process and deliver a successful outcome for all parties.”

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Advised Primary Group on the sale of UK General to J.C. Flowers & Co.

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Fenchurch is pleased to have advised Primary Group on the sale of UK General to J.C. Flowers & Co. for an undisclosed consideration.

UK General is the UK’s largest personal lines MGA, offering specialist insurance products across the property, leisure & lifestyle, income protection, financial loss, motor financial, warranty, travel and personal accident categories.

Karen Beales, Managing Director of UK General, said: “Fenchurch’s in-depth knowledge of the personal lines insurance sector was critical in positioning the equity story for UK General. The level of senior engagement throughout the project was invaluable and helped ensure a successful outcome for all stakeholders in the business.”

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Advised Unigestion on its acquisition of Zurich-based private equity specialist, Akina Partners.

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Fenchurch is pleased to have advised Unigestion on its acquisition of Akina Partners, the Zurich-based specialist private equity investment group. Akina manages $2.6 billion in funds of funds and managed accounts invested in small and mid-sized companies in Europe.

Akina will be integrated into Unigestion’s existing private equity business to create a leading private equity investment group with $6 billion in assets under management and 54 dedicated professionals.

Following completion, Unigestion’s total assets under management increased to more than $23 billion, of which private equity represents 25%. This expansion demonstrates Unigestion’s commitment to building a world-class multi-specialist institutional boutique asset management firm.

Bernard Sabrier, Chairman of Unigestion commented, “Throughout the entire Akina transaction, the support and guidance we received from Fenchurch was highly appreciated. During the most critical times of the negotiations in particular, their transaction skills and strategic views proved to be very helpful.”

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Advised EFG Private Bank on the sale of its UK IFA business, EFG Independent Financial Advisers, to Bellpenny.

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Fenchurch is pleased to have advised EFG, the Swiss Private Bank, on the sale of EFG Independent Financial Advisers (“EFG IFA”) to Bellpenny.

EFG IFA has offices in London, Birmingham and Wolverhampton with £650m AUM.

The acquisition has increased Bellpenny’s AUM to over £3.5bn and EFG IFA will become the new independent advice arm for the group under the BIA Financial Planning brand.

Anthony Cooke-Yarborough, EFG Private Bank CEO, said: “Fenchurch demonstrated first class M&A execution skills and a sure touch in navigating stakeholder interests. Their deep sector expertise and intimate knowledge of the buyer universe were especially valuable in delivering a successful outcome.”

 

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Advised Camellia on the sale of its wealth management business, Duncan Lawrie Asset Management, to Brewin Dolphin.

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Fenchurch is pleased to have advised Camellia Plc (“Camellia”) on the sale of Duncan Lawrie Asset Management (“DLAM”) to Brewin Dolphin for £28m.

DLAM is the wealth management subsidiary of Duncan Lawrie Private Banking, the private banking arm of Camellia, managing approximately £735m of assets on behalf of some 1,000 client relationships.

Tom Franks, Chief Executive Officer of Camellia, commented:

“We were impressed by Fenchurch’s commitment to this engagement. Their deep sector relationships, intimate knowledge of the UK platform sector and first class M&A execution skills were important factors in successfully delivering this transaction.”

 

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Advised AXA on the sale of its UK P&C commercial broker Bluefin to Marsh.

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Fenchurch is pleased to have advised AXA on the sale of its UK P&C commercial broker Bluefin Insurance Group (“Bluefin”) to Marsh for £295m.
 
Bluefin is a leading insurance broker, providing services to private individuals, small businesses, and large corporates in the UK, with approximately 1,500 employees based in 45 locations. It also operates a broker network and a growing MGA business.
 
Marsh will combine Bluefin with Jelf to create one of the UK’s largest insurance brokers for mid-size and SME companies, serving over 250,000 clients in 80 locations across the UK.
 
Fenchurch also advised Jelf on its sale to Marsh in 2015.
 
Amanda Blanc, CEO of AXA UK commented “Fenchurch helped us develop a bespoke and confidential process which resulted in AXA securing excellent transaction terms through an accelerated timetable whilst minimising execution risk”.

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Advised L&G on the sale of Cofunds to Aegon.

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Fenchurch is pleased to have advised Legal & General on the sale of Cofunds to Aegon for £140m. Cofunds is the largest investment platform in the UK with £77bn AUA. The sale includes the Investor Portfolio Service which provides platform services to a number of building societies including Nationwide.
 
L&G concluded that Cofunds requires a significant upgrade in technology to exploit its leadership position in the UK platform market and this was best achieved under Aegon's ownership as a specialist wealth platform provider.
 
For Aegon UK this transaction completes its strategic transformation from traditional life insurance to platform business and follows L&G’s acquisition of a £2.9bn back book annuity portfolio from Aegon in May 2016.
 
Mark Gregory, Legal & General Group Chief Finance Officer commented: “We were impressed by Fenchurch’s commitment to this engagement. Their deep sector relationships, intimate knowledge of the UK platform sector and first class M&A execution skills were important factors in successfully delivering this transaction.”

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Advised AXA on the sale of its UK investment, pensions and direct protection businesses to Phoenix Group.

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Fenchurch is pleased to have advised AXA on three separate disposals of its UK Life & Savings businesses, comprising:

  • SunLife, the Over 50s direct-to-consumer protection business, and Embassy, AXA UK’s non-platform investment and pensions business, to Phoenix Group;
  • Elevate, the wrap platform business with c. £10bn of assets under administration, to Standard Life; and
  • AXA Wealth International, the Isle of Man offshore bond business, to Life Company Consolidation Group (LCCG).

The aggregate consideration for all three transactions is €832 million.

Paul Evans, CEO of AXA UK and CEO designate of AXA Global Life & Savings and AXA Global Health, commented: “Fenchurch’s advice was important in planning and preparing for the complexity of one, two or potentially three disposals and related separation issues. Their trusted senior relationships, authoritative insights into the M&A market and deep sector expertise were critical to successfully orchestrating all three transactions.”

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