Sanlam UK – part of Sanlam Limited, the global financial services group – today announced that it has acquired the financial adviser network business of Tavistock Financial Ltd, from Tavistock Investments Plc.
The deal will see Sanlam UK acquire Cheltenham-based Tavistock Financial’s network of 158 financial advisers along with 25 staff. The advisers will join Sanlam’s team of 60 financial planners and expand the Group’s reach across the UK. The acquisition will add £1.5 billion to Sanlam UK’s assets under advice.
Commenting on the acquisition, Sanlam UK CEO Jonathan Polin said:
“We are very pleased to welcome both Tavistock Financial’s network of advisers and its support team to Sanlam.
Earlier this year, I announced the launch of Sanlam Partners, a way for adviser firms to leverage the benefits of the wider Sanlam Group while retaining ownership of their business and their clients. The initial response has been hugely positive and today’s acquisition allows us to accelerate this concept, putting us in a strong position to bring on-board the high quality adviser firms who would like to join us.
“This is another significant milestone in our mission to build a truly client-centric, advice-led and outcome-focussed business and I look forward to working with all of our new colleagues to making it a success. “
Brian Raven, CEO of Tavistock Investments Plc, said:
“The Tavistock Financial business no longer fits with our strategy but, in disposing of the business, it was important to us that the interests of the staff and advisers were protected. Sanlam has convinced us that they are the right firm to take the business forward.”