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Apex Group closes transformative acquisition of Sanne

04 August 2022

Apex Group Ltd. (“Apex Group” or the “Group”), a global financial services provider, announces today the close of the acquisition of Sanne Group plc (“Sanne”), a leading global provider of alternative asset and corporate services.

The close of the Sanne acquisition now positions Apex Group as a global, top-tier independent service provider , servicing nearly $3trn in assets across administration, depositary, custody and under management. The addition of Sanne brings another 2,500 people into the Group and adds six new locations in Denmark, Japan, Serbia, South Africa, Spain and Sweden. Apex Group now operates from over 80 offices in more than 40 markets worldwide, with over 10,000 employees.

The addition of Sanne adds further depth of product and experience in serving the closed-ended Private Equity, Private Debt, Capital Markets, Loan Agency, and Real Assets markets, as well as expanded geographic footprint in the US, central Europe, Africa and APAC, enabling the Group to better support clients in every location and stage of their lifecycle.

Sanne’s clients will now benefit from access to the Group’s single-source solution, including services such as ESG Rating, Reporting & Advisory and Digital Banking, offered globally and delivered locally by experienced teams.

This is the latest – and largest - in a series of 31 successfully completed global acquisitions for the Group including the recent additions of MMC Group, ASX-listed Mainstream Group and the announced acquisition of Maitland.

Peter Hughes, Founder and CEO of Apex Group comments: “With today’s announcement we have reached an inflection point in Apex Group’s story, as we become one of the largest providers in our space. Our M&A strategy is not simply about growth, it’s about expanding our capabilities and experience to be the best possible service partner to our clients. Combined, our global team increases to more than 10,000 people, across over 80 offices and nearly $3trn in assets with a premium book of clients. Bringing Sanne into the Group enables us to offer increased product depth, and a wider geographic footprint. We acknowledge the complementary strengths of each business and are excited to leverage this combined offering to drive the next stage of our evolution.”

Martin Schnaier, Chief Executive Officer at Sanne Group adds: “The strong performance in the first half of 2022 is testament to Sanne’s strengths and market reputation as we have seen record levels of new business wins and organic growth return to our targeted double-digit levels. It also reflects the qualities recognised by Apex Group in acquiring the business and it should ensure that this transformational combination creates a leading, end-to-end service provider to the alternative assets market, with unmatched capabilities and scale. As we now look forward to joining Apex Group, we are confident in the benefits that this deal should bring for our clients and our people across the globe.”

Jefferies and J.P. Morgan Cazenove advised Sanne on the acquisition, with Merrill Lynch International, N.M. Rothschild & Sons Limited and Deutsche Bank acted as joint financial advisers to Apex Group.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP and Carey Olsen Jersey LLP acted as legal advisers to Sanne. Kirkland & Ellis International LLP acted as legal advisers to Apex Group.

About Apex Group

Apex Group Ltd., established in Bermuda in 2003, is a global financial services provider. With over 80 offices in 40 countries worldwide and over 10,000 employees upon the close of announced acquisitions, Apex Group delivers an expansive range of services to asset managers, financial institutions, private clients and family offices. The Group has continually improved and evolved its capabilities to offer a single-source solution through establishing the broadest range of services in the industry; including fund services, digital onboarding and bank accounts, depositary, custody, super ManCo services, corporate services including HR and Payroll and a pioneering ESG Ratings and Advisory solution. Apex Group’s purpose is to be more than just a financial services provider and is committed to driving positive change to address three core areas; the Environment and Climate Change, Women’s Empowerment and Economic Independence, Education and Social Mobility.

Press contacts:

Apex Group: Antonia Powell, Head of Media Relations | Antonia.powell@apexfs.com 

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