iM Global Partner has announced the acquisition of a strategic non-controlling stake of 42% in Asset Preservation Advisors (APA), an independent investment advisor specializing in managing high quality tax-exempt and taxable municipal bond portfolios for registered investment advisors, family wealth offices, financial advisors and institutional clients.
The asset manager has highlighted that this transaction will grow its US-based product offering and accelerate its expansion, also across Europe. Through this new partnership APA joins iM Global Partner’s extensive global asset management and distribution network, while ensuring its long-term independence for decades to come.
“We are excited to partner with APA. With 4.8 billion dollars in assets under management, APA now ranks as the fourth largest independent municipal bond specialist in the US. iM Global Partner’s success in attracting new Partners is due to its values of integrity and support for entrepreneurialism which ensure that each partner retains its autonomy and independent value proposition combined with iM Global Partner’s worldwide distribution network”, said Philippe Couvrecelle, CEO and Founder of the firm.
This is the 8th partnership that iM Global Partner has taken on in six years and is the second US partner in 2021. In July, iM Global Partner acquired a 45% stake in Richard Bernstein Advisors, a New York-based asset allocation specialist. In March this year, the firm also announced it would expand its US distribution efforts with the full acquisition and integration of California-based wealth and asset management boutique Litman Gregory.
Kevin Woods, co-CEO and CIO of APA commented that they see “an incredible opportunity” in this partnership to help continue their “strong growth” and build on their leading presence as an independent Municipal bond specialist. “iM Global Partners offered APA a unique opportunity to continue our mission to provide excellence to our clients in the same way we have for more than thirty years, and now for decades to come”, he added.
Meanwhile, Jeff Seeley, Deputy CEO, US Chief Operating Officer & Head of US Distribution of iM Global Partner pointed out that given APA’s “exceptional reputation, competitive long-term performance and growing US distribution”, they believe the firm is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the increasing investment opportunities in the municipal segment, as US clients continue to seek attractive tax-exempt strategies. “Through our partnership, iM Global Partner is adding a new range of excellent strategies to our growing and diverse fixed income product set”, he concluded.
The firm has explained that this latest strategic partnership reinforces its commitment to the US market and is yet another example of its rapid expansion. In this sense, its assets under management have grown from 7 billion dollars at end 2018 to 37 billion today, more than 400% growth in just 3 years.
Regarding the details of the financial transaction, Berkshire Global Advisors acted as financial advisor for APA and Taylor English Duma acted as legal counsel. For iM Global Partner, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. acted as financial advisor and Seward & Kissel acted as legal counsel.