- The purchase allows iM Global Partner to continue its U.S. expansion and add wealth management as a new key activity
- The group expects the transaction, once completed, to bring assets under management to over 24 billion dollars
- The operation is still subject to the approval of the SEC, but it's expected to close in the second quarter of 2021
iM Global Partner has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Litman Gregory, a wealth and asset management boutique with 4 billion dollars in assets under management and 2.2 billion dollars of assets under advisory.
Philippe Couvrecelle, CEO and founder of iM Global Partner, declared that the purchase is "a major step forward" as they continue their U.S. expansion. "This strategic operation allows us to add wealth management as a new key activity. Our clients will benefit from the synergies that result when like-minded organizations leverage their talents and resources to enhance the client experience", he added in a joint press release.
The group expects the transaction, once completed, to bring assets under management to over 24 billion dollars (from 20 billion as at end of December 2020) and to enhance distribution capabilities in the U.S.. It also believes that it demonstrates its "commitment to continued cross-border growth in serving the needs of sophisticated investors".
The operation is still subject to the approval of the SEC, but it's expected to close in the second quarter of 2021. When this happens, iM Global Partner will double the number of employees and it plans to operate Litman Gregory Wealth Management as a separate business unit to preserve the "recognition, independence and expertise" that it has built over many decades with its cross-generational clients.
Steve Savage, CEO of Litman Gregory, said that they are "excited" to become a part of the group as it improves their ability to deliver on their mission to excel for their clients: "iM Global Partner brings complementary global research resources and strong alignment on total client focus. The combination of our organizations is a natural fit because of our shared research DNA, commitment to independent thinking, integrity and total client focus.”
All in all, the joint press release highlighted that combining Litman Gregory’s capabilities with iM Global Partner creates a "uniquely powerful set of high-quality investment solutions" to serve both institutional and private clients in the U.S. and internationally.
iM Global Partner intends to continue to grow in its priority markets -the United States and Europe- as well as Asia, where it plans to open and begin local distribution in 2022.