Rathbone Brothers picks up Scotland's largest independent wealth manager Speirs & Jeffrey

Sebastian McCarthy
Glasgow-based Speirs & Jeffrey are being bought for a sum of £104m
Glasgow-based Speirs & Jeffrey are being bought for a sum of £104m (Source: Getty)

Investment management firm Rathbone Brothers announced this morning that it is purchasing Speirs & Jeffrey, Scotland’s largest independent wealth manager.

The deal amounts to roughly £104m, and the FTSE 250 company will be hoping that a £60m equity raising, coming from a placing of five per cent of Rathbone's share capital with institutional investors, will help finance the acquisition.

Founded more than a century ago, Speirs & Jeffrey has funds under management of £6.7bn, with around 8,500 clients on its books.

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The deal comes amid a general trend towards consolidation within the investment industry as rising costs and stricter rules are encouraging companies to merge.

Previous acquisition attempts by Rathbone Brothers have not been so successful, such as the potential takeover of Smith & Williamson which collapsed last year after the investment management company decided against purchasing the accountancy firm for £600m at a very late stage in the talks.

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Philip Howell, the chief executive of Rathbone Brothers, said: "Speirs & Jeffrey represents an ideal strategic, professional and geographic fit with Rathbones and we look forward to working together both to develop our business in Scotland and deliver compelling returns for our shareholders."

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