Aberdeen Asset Management PLC and Standard Life plc has completed the merger to form Standard Life Aberdeen plc, one of the world’s largest investment companies with assets under administration of £670bn. The deal between the two companies was first announced on 6 March 2017.
The merger harnesses Standard Life’s and Aberdeen’s complementary, market leading investment and savings capabilities. It creates an investment group with strong brands, leading institutional and wholesale distribution franchises, market leading platforms and access to long-standing, strategic partnerships globally. By combining the two companies’ strong balance sheets, the combined group will have greater ability to invest for growth and innovate.
The group’s investment business, Aberdeen Standard Investments, manages £583bn of assets. This newly combined business will retain a long standing commitment to active investment management with a similar investment culture and approach, underpinned by fundamental research. It immediately becomes one of the largest active managers in Europe, offering clients access to a comprehensive range of developed and emerging market equities and fixed income, multi-asset, real estate and alternatives solutions. As a combined business it will have over 1,000 investment professionals based around the world.
The group’s pensions and savings business, Standard Life, has around 4.5m customers and is based primarily in the UK, with operations in Ireland and Germany. The business has established a market-leading position through a long-term commitment to support the needs of employers and their employees. Over one in six people auto-enrolled into a workplace pension in the UK enjoys the benefits of a Standard Life workplace pension.
Keith Skeoch, chief executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, commented: “Today marks the culmination of many months of hard work and preparation by our business, and the beginning of a new chapter in our history as Standard Life Aberdeen plc. Our leadership team is in place and we have full business readiness from day one. Our people have worked exceptionally well together to complete the merger on schedule and we would like to thank them for this. The co-operation and collaboration we have witnessed bodes well for the on-going integration of the business, and in helping us create a world-class investment company for our clients, shareholders and our people.”
Martin Gilbert, chief executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, added: “As ever our priority remains the delivery of strong investment performance and the highest level of client service. The merger deepens and broadens our investment capabilities, and gives us a stronger and more diverse range of investment management skills as well as significant scale across asset classes and geographies. We believe this will enable us to deliver an even better proposition and service to our enlarged client base.”