Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management confirm merger talks

March 4, 2017 6:44 pm Published by

Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management confirm merger talks

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Fund managers Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life have confirmed they are holding talks about a possible all-share merger.

It follows a report on Sky News that the companies were exploring an £11bn merger.

The move would create one of the UK’s largest fund managers, overseeing £660bn-worth of assets.

The companies said the deal was subject to a number of conditions, including shareholder approvals.

Under the terms of the potential deal, Aberdeen shareholders would own 33.3% and Standard Life shareholders 66.7% of the combined group.

Standard Life chairman Sir Gerry Grimstone would become chairman of the board, with Aberdeen’s chairman Simon Troughton becoming deputy chairman.

Standard Life and Aberdeen’s current chief executives, Keith Skeoch and Martin Gilbert, would become co-chief executives.

In a joint statement, the companies said: “It is envisaged that the board of directors of the combined group would comprise equal numbers of Standard Life and Aberdeen directors.

“The combined group would draw on the expertise across its markets and would endeavour to harness the talent in both companies to optimise the benefits for clients and shareholders of the combined group.”

Last month Aberdeen reported big outflows from its funds following Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election.

Aberdeen said investor sentiment “stalled” following the US election result.

Edinburgh-based Standard Life reported recently that it shook off industry “headwinds” last year to post a strong rise in profits.

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