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RIYADH (Reuters) - UK asset manager Standard Life Aberdeen bought $100 million (£77 million) worth of Saudi Arabia state oil giant Aramco's debut international bond, the investment firm's chairman said ...
Good news has been in short supply for shareholders in Standard Life Aberdeen since the merger that created it. What with massive redemptions from clients hacked off with poor investment returns and a staggering loss of value on the stock market, the wheel of fortune surely had to turn eventually. Arbitrators have decided Lloyds was wrong to pull its £100 billion fund management contract with Aberdeen Asset Management after the merger.
Britain's biggest fund manager Standard Life Aberdeen won a £100 billion funds row with Lloyds Bank on Tuesday, paving the way for a multi-million pound payout. The FTSE 100 fund manager, which manages £550 billion, won a crucial legal case against Lloyds over the bank’s decision to terminate a fund management contract, depriving Standard of around £330 million in fees over three years. Lloyds ditched the deal last February saying the newly-merged Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) was a “material competitor” to its Scottish Widows division, led by Antonio Lorenzo.
About a year ago, Lloyds announced it was pulling 109 billion pounds ($145 billion) of assets that SLA managed on behalf of Lloyds’s Scottish Widows unit, saying the 2017 merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen created a “material” competitor to the lender’s own insurance business. The balance of the funds is pledged to BlackRock Inc.
Standard Life Aberdeen said it has won a legal battle to stop Lloyds cancelling a 100 billion pound ($133 billion) investment management contract early, a decision which could cost the bank hundreds of millions of pounds in extra fees. Lloyds had argued the 11 billion pound merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management to form SLA in 2017 allowed it to end Aberdeen's 2014 contract to manage a large slice of its pension assets because it considered insurer Standard Life as a "material competitor". SLA's victory also raises the prospect that Lloyds will have to pay some or all of the 390 million pounds the asset manager would have earned under the terms of the contract due to expire in March 2022, even if it continues to transfer assets to BlackRock and Schroders.
Standard Life Aberdeen said it has won a legal battle to stop Lloyds cancelling a £100 billion investment management contract early, a decision which could cost the bank hundreds of millions of pounds in extra fees. Lloyds had argued the £11-billion merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management to form SLA in 2017 allowed it to end Aberdeen's 2014 contract to manage a large slice of its pension assets because it considered insurer Standard Life as a "material competitor".
Standard Life Aberdeen has ditched its unusual co-chief executive structure and said Keith Skeoch will be solely in charge as Britain's biggest standalone listed asset manager tries to reverse a prolonged period of underperformance. The partnership of equals with Martin Gilbert had been in place since the merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management in 2017. The tough market backdrop was confirmed in a separate full-year earnings statement in which Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) said it had seen an increase in net outflows of client cash, mostly from higher margin equities and alternative funds.