Acquisition to help asset managers meet UK and EU regulatory requirements
NEW YORK and LONDON, Jan. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR) and FundsLibrary Limited announce that Broadridge has entered into an agreement to acquire FundsLibrary, a leader in fund document and data dissemination in the European market, from its parent company Hargreaves Lansdown. Combining FundsLibrary's capabilities with Broadridge's existing regulatory communications offerings will enable Broadridge to significantly reduce complexity and cost for global fund managers, helping them to increase distribution opportunities and meet their regulatory requirements across multiple jurisdictions.
FundsLibrary's services link fund managers to distributors and investors to provide complete, accurate and timely information supporting fund sales. The solution helps fund managers increase distribution opportunities and comply with both UK domestic and EU regulations such as Solvency II and MiFID II, and makes information easily accessible for investors in digital format. Integrating FundsLibrary's data platform and technology with Broadridge's existing fund calculation, translation and document creation capabilities creates an end-to-end solution for fund managers and distributors. This comes at a time where there is growing demand for transparency, operational efficiency and compliant communications in an increasingly competitive and highly regulated environment.
"Today, global fund managers face a real challenge in creating and disseminating compliant marketing and regulatory documents that meet domestic and cross-border requirements throughout the EU and UK," said Samir Pandiri, president, Broadridge International. "The acquisition is a natural extension of Broadridge's regulatory communications business and the next step in creating a leading pan-European digital data platform, supporting the lifecycle of fund data, documents, and regulatory reporting for the investment industry."
"FundsLibrary has had an enviable track record within the investment industry for its breadth, quality and timeliness of fund data solutions," said Arun Sarwal, CEO of FundsLibrary. "We are excited to be joining forces with Broadridge to enable us to serve our clients across a larger part of their global value chain and to extend our services across multiple geographies."
The acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and is expected to close in mid- to late-February. Grant Thornton UK LLP acted as lead financial advisor to Hargreaves Lansdown plc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR), a $4 billion global Fintech leader, is a leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions to banks, broker-dealers, asset and wealth managers and corporate issuers. Broadridge's infrastructure underpins proxy voting services for over 50 percent of public companies and mutual funds globally, and processes on average more than U.S. $7 trillion in fixed income and equity securities trades per day. Broadridge is part of the S&P 500® Index and employs over 11,000 associates in 18 countries.
FundsLibrary is a leading digital platform supporting the life cycle of fund data, documents and regulatory reporting for the Asset Management industry. The company manages data for around 40,000 investment products, sourced from some 700 global fund groups and supports over 180 million requests each year.
Recognised for the breadth and depth of their fund data and document distribution, they have been delivering a wide range of fund data, digital and regulatory solutions for over 15 years, providing digital solutions to 10 of the top 20 UK investment platforms and supporting the regulatory services of 15 of Europe's largest fund managers.
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