Last updated: 10:11 / Tuesday, 4 February 2014

New York Life Investments Completes Acquisition of Dexia AM

New York Life Investments Completes Acquisition of Dexia AM

New York Life Investments has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Dexia Asset Management, an international asset manager, with management centers in Brussels, Paris, Luxembourg and its investment boutique, Ausbil, based in Sydney, for EUR 380 million.

Dexia Asset Management joins New York Life Investments’ diversified family of investment boutiques, complementing its current capabilities in fixed income, equities and alternative investments and adds $100 billion in assets under management, bringing New York Life Investments’ total assets under management to $511 billion.

Naïm Abou-Jaoudé will continue in his role as chief executive officer and chairman of the Executive Committee of Dexia Asset Management and Paul Xiradis will remain chief executive officer of Ausbil. Yie-Hsin Hung, in addition to her current role as co-president of New York Life Investment Management and chairman of New York Life Investment Management International, becomes chairman of the Board of Directors of Dexia Asset Management. Naïm Abou-Jaoudé joins the Executive Committee of New York Life Investment Management International as vice chairman.

Nabil El-Asmar Delgado will continue with the responsibility for the Client Relations activity at Dexia AM’s Spanish branch, which serves the company’s Spanish, Portuguese and Andorran clients. And, according to market sources, he will assume also the responsibility for Latin American clients.

“Expanding our asset management business in Europe and Australia represents a significant growth opportunity for New York Life to become a key player in the global asset management arena, adding important scale and geographical diversity to our business,” said John Kim, vice chairman, New York Life. “As with our other boutiques, Dexia Asset Management will preserve the integrity of its investment processes, portfolio management teams and distinct culture, while at the same time benefit from the strength, resources and capital of New York Life.”

“The acquisition of Dexia Asset Management, a robust organization with a diverse array of products and broad distribution adds quality investment solutions for our clients on a global basis, and represents a milestone in the growth of New York Life Investments. We warmly welcome Naïm Abou-Jaoudé and his entire team to the New York Life family and look forward to fully supporting the firm’s future endeavors,” he added.

“I am delighted to take on the role of chairman of the Board, working with Naïm Abou-Jaoudé to bring New York Life’s significant resources to Dexia Asset Management,” said Yie-Hsin Hung, co-president of New York Life Investment Management and chairman of New York Life Investment Management International.“With the backing of New York Life, Dexia Asset Management has the opportunity to even better meet the needs of its clients with innovative products, strong performance, meticulous risk management and substantial resources, and do what it does best -- being an excellent investment partner to its clients.”

“With our expanded business, our clients now have access to the breadth and depth of European and Australian markets through best-in-class products, global capabilities and tremendous talent and insight on the ground,” Yie-Hsin Hung added.

New York Life Investments has been growing rapidly, more than doubling assets under management to $400 billion in the five years since the financial crisis by employing a successful multi-boutique approach. Third party assets have risen to $189 billion as of December 31st, 2013, from $68 billion at year end 2008. The investments business has become a vital part of New York Life, significantly expanding the company’s profile and its profitability and contributing to its financial strength. The Dexia Asset Management acquisition continues the strong growth of New York Life Investments.