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Apex Group continues New Zealand growth with acquisitions

12 September 2022

Apex Group Ltd. (“Apex Group” or the “Group”), a global financial services provider, announces today the acquisition of Implemented Investment Holdings Limited, the parent company of Implemented Investment Solutions (“IIS”) and InvestNow.

IIS provides investment services to large global fund managers, enabling them to establish and distribute New Zealand domiciled funds to their investors. Their clients also include some of New Zealand’s most respected investment companies, including specialist investment managers, KiwiSaver providers, adviser groups, and family offices. Today IIS is the issuer and manager of 22 investment schemes with approximately NZ$5 billion of assets under management. The addition of IIS will extend the geographic reach of Apex Group’s existing fund management company and distribution services currently delivered via FundRock and LRI subsidiaries.

InvestNow is a leading digital retail investment platform enabling over 25,000 clients to invest online in over 150 different managed funds from leading New Zealand and global fund managers, as well as a range of different leading banks’ term deposits. InvestNow’s clients manage approximately NZ$1.3 billion of assets, and includes the multi-manager InvestNow KiwiSaver Scheme, which has grown by over 40% in the previous quarter.

The acquisitions of IIS and InvestNow, add 28 experts, and expand Apex Group’s presence in the New Zealand to over 200 employees. This follows Apex Group's recent entry into the market with the addition of MMC, which provides fund and wealth administration services to the New Zealand investment market.

Following the close of this acquisition, IIS and InvestNow will become part of Apex Group in New Zealand, alongside the former MMC business. Anthony Edmonds, Founder and CEO of the IIS Group, and Gareth Fleming, CFO and Executive Director will hold senior management roles in the combined business, driving continued growth and providing continuity for clients.

Through these acquisitions the New Zealand investment industry will further benefit from access to Apex Group’s single-source solution, including services such as ESG Rating, Reporting & Advisory and Digital Banking, offered via a network of over 80 offices globally and delivered locally by 10,000 experts.

Peter Hughes, Founder and CEO of Apex Group comments: “New Zealand’s investment management community continues to grow, and with the addition of IIS and InvestNow, will enable us to further deliver our single-source solutions for investors participating in, and serving the local market through locally domiciled funds. We remain committed to increasing the depth of our services on a global scale, to enable our clients to reach their potential.”

Anthony Edmonds, Founder and CEO of IIS and InvestNow adds: “We are proud of the achievements and growth of the IIS and InvestNow businesses and are excited to be joining Apex Group to build on this success and offer a wider range of services to our clients. Both our clients and employees will benefit from leveraging Apex Group’s global fund hosting and management company capabilities, enabling investment managers to offer their investment solutions in the thriving New Zealand market. Apex Group’s global capability and experience enables us to continue to grow and capture the significant opportunity that exists within InvestNow, and I am extremely excited about what this means for our clients.”

Clare Capital served as financial advisors to Implemented Investment Holdings Limited, with DLA Piper providing legal advice. Terms of the transaction are undisclosed. Bell Gully provided legal advice 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.

About Implemented Investment Solutions Group (IIS)

Implemented Investment Solutions Group comprises of both Fund Hosting services and InvestNow.

IIS’s Fund Hosting services are similar to the third-party responsible entity services offered within the Australian market, and ManCo services offered in Europe. This enables global investment managers to offer their investment expertise and solutions to New Zealand clients as Portfolio Investment Entity (PIE) funds by “outsourcing” the issuing and managing of these funds to IIS. IIS is licenced as a “manager of a registered scheme” under New Zealand’s Financial Market Conduct Act 2013 (FMC Act).

The IIS Group also owns InvestNow which is a leading digital retail investment platform enabling investors to invest online in over 150 different managed funds from leading investment managers, as well as a range of different leading banks’ term deposits. InvestNow’s clients manage approximately NZ$1.3 billion of assets, including the multi-manager InvestNow KiwiSaver Scheme.

Press contacts

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


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