Brooks Macdonald has acquired discretionary fund manager Spearpoint, manager of the Arch Cru funds, in a deal that could reach £32m.
The deal will see Brooks pay an initial £23.1m for the Jersey and Guernsey-based group, with a deferred consideration of up to £9m, based on the future level of Spearpoint's discretionary funds under management, payable in November 2014.
Spearpoint took over management of the Arch Cru range in late 2009, with a mandate to oversee an orderly wind-up of the funds.
Brooks will raise £21.5m via a placing of 1,869,566 million ordinary shares at a price of £11.50 per share to fund the acquisition. It said the placing has received "strong support" from existing and new institutional shareholders.
"The acquisition of Spearpoint is a major step forward for the group and captures an opportunity we have been seeking for a number of years. It adds scale, offshore and international capability together with the acquisition of a strong investment management and pensions team," said Brooks chief executive Chris Macdonald (pictured).
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