GLG Partners is to acquire Société Générale Asset Management UK, with the transaction expected to close in the second half of Q1 2009.
The alternative asset manager will buy the long-only asset management business for cash.
As of September 30, 2008, GLG managed net assets under management of over $17bn and the SGAM UK acquisition will add in the region of $8.2bn of AUM, as well as its investment and support staff, based primarily in London.
The acquisition is expected to be earnings accretive in 2009 and will add scale and breadth to GLG's existing long-only strategies and new distribution channels for GLG's alternative strategies.
Noam Gottesman, GLG chairman and co-CEO, says the transaction will complement the group's existing long-only offerings in the UK and Europe and add new capabilities directed at Japan, the Middle East and North Africa.
He says a distribution agreement with Societe Generale covering GLG's existing alternative and long-only offerings is also expected to be established.
GLG was launched in 1995 in the private wealth management industry and has developed into one of the world's largest alternative investment managers.Investment Week
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