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Wells Fargo to acquire Analytic Investors

BBR Staff Writer Published 09 August 2016

Wells Fargo Asset Management and Analytic Investors announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for WFAM to acquire Analytic, an investment firm with $15bn in assets under management.

Analytic is expected to become part of WFAM, Wells Fargo’s global asset management division with $481bn in assets under management.

Wells Fargo Asset Management CEO Kristi Mitchem said: “This transaction brings Analytic’s well-regarded and innovative quantitative investment team together with WFAM’s fundamentally research-based investment capabilities and deep institutional investor relationships.

“We are delighted to add Analytic’s expertise in factor-based, risk controlled solutions, providing more components to build comprehensive investment solutions for our clients.”

Established in 1970, Analytic offers a variety of quantitatively-based equity investment solutions, including risk reduction, relative benchmark, and absolute return strategies. Analytic is headquartered in Los Angeles with institutional clients located around the world.

Analytic president Harin de Silva said: “We are excited to become part of a leading global asset management firm connected with one of the strongest and best regarded financial companies in the world.

“Wells Fargo Asset Management has a long history of allowing acquired firms full independence and control of their investment process. The two organizations also align well in their shared culture of placing clients at the center of everything we do.”

The transaction is expected to close by 1 October 2016. Financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. With the completion of the acquisition, Analytic’s investment management team will join WFAM, and will continue to operate from Los Angeles.

Wells Fargo Securities served as exclusive financial advisor to Wells Fargo Asset Management in connection with the transaction, with Sullivan & Cromwell serving as legal counsel.

Source: Company Press Release