Standard buys another corporate and wealth adviser

Standard-Life-Building-700x450.jpgStandard Life’s adviser arm 1825 is buying £600m assets firm Munro Partnership for an undisclosed fee.

The acquisition follows 1825’s purchase of East Anglian firm Almary Green last week. The Munro office will be 1825’s Scottish regional base.

The transaction is expected to complete by the end of July 2016, by which time Standard Life will have 59 financial planners advising 8,700 clients on over £2.6bn of assets.

Established in 1982, Munro Partnership is a firm of Chartered Financial Planners, expanding from one office in Ayr to Glasgow and Hamilton.

Munro Partnership is a corporate and wealth management advice business. Built up over 30 years, it offer a range of services from working with individuals on personal financial matters to assisting Scottish and national companies with their employee benefits packages and other corporate services. The business also has a dedicated advice proposition for charities and trusts.

Munro Partnership chairman Stephen Munro, managing director David Hughes and other directors will remain with the business post acquisition. Hughes will be responsible for building 1825’s Scottish Regional Office and will join the 1825 executive committee.

Hughes says: “Joining 1825 is an exciting phase in the development of our business and one which will bring increased benefits to both our employees and our clients.

“Having access to the resources of a national financial-planning business will ensure our clients will benefit from leading financial planning services and innovative investment solutions, which will continue to evolve as their needs and the world around us changes.

“Importantly, both 1825 and Munro Partnership are focused on developing their people and joining 1825 will ensure our employees have even more opportunities to progress and develop personally”.

1825 CEO Steve Murray says: “We have a long-standing relationship with Munro Partnership and look forward to their highly skilled team playing a key role in broadening 1825’s reach into Scotland.

“Their reputation in the corporate and wealth management advice markets, coupled with their clear focus on bringing new talent into the industry through their graduate trainee programme, makes the business an excellent fit for us, bringing additional capabilities which will be invaluable.

“I’m delighted to welcome them to 1825 and I’m also delighted with our continued progress with building a leading, modern financial planning business.”