Apex Group set to acquire Maitland’s fund services and Manco business

SOUTH AFRICA – Apex Group, a global financial services provider, has agreed to acquire the fund services and third-party management company (Manco) business operations of Maitland International Holdings, an international fund services provider.

Transaction close is subject to customary conditions including regulatory approvals and terms of the transaction are undisclosed.

“We have followed the long track record of the Maitland business for some time and are excited by the opportunity to add greater product depth and geographic reach to our business,” Peter Hughes, Founder and CEO of Apex Group, said.

“By becoming part of Apex Group, Maitland’s clients and employees will benefit from access to the Group’s scalable single-source solution underpinned by leading technologies, and services delivered through our global reach and connectivity.”

Founded in 1976, Maitland provides an extensive range of fund services including administration, transfer agency and management company services to 120 investment managers and 25 fund sponsor clients.

This client base includes traditional, alternative and mutual funds across all fund types, strategies and investment styles.

This strategic acquisition adds US$200 billion of assets under administration (AuA) and US$17 billion of assets under management (AuM) to the Apex platform.

Maitland’s 475 employees will join the Group, expanding Apex’s existing presence in the UK, Guernsey, Luxembourg and South Africa.

The deal is great for inbound SA investment and job creation – Apex has committed to grow the Maitland staff footprint to 2000.

The addition of Maitland will complement Apex’s existing geographic reach, fund administration offering and management company services, delivered under the FundRock and LRI brands.

“This transaction is testimony to the fact that the Maitland management team and employees have, over many years, with great dedication, and support from our loyal client base, built a world class service provider to the international investment fund community,” Steven Georgala, CEO, Maitland, said.

“On behalf of the board and our founding shareholders I wish to thank our staff and clients for their dedication and support, and I am confident that they will thrive and prosper within the Apex fold.”

Maitland has a long-standing internship programme aligned to the government’s YES (Youth Employment Service) programme, where at least 50 interns are employed across fund services functions at any one time.

The Apex deal will give this a huge boost as fund admin work will be ‘offshored’ from international jurisdictions to SA.

Maitland’s clients will now benefit from Apex’s single-source solution, including services such as Global Compliance Solutions, ESG Rating, Reporting & Advisory and Digital Banking.

Following completion of announced acquisitions, Apex will operate from over 80 offices in 40 countries worldwide, with 9,000 employees servicing an expected US$2.5 trillion in assets across administration, depositary, custody and under management.

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