Our reports outline key influences that could affect global economies and markets in 2018. Markus Stadlmann, Chief Investment Officer, Lloyds Bank Private Banking discusses what some of these could mean for investors.
Scottish Widows and Lloyds Private Banking businesses have decided to review their asset management arrangements and have therefore given notice to Standard Life Aberdeen plc (“Standard Life Aberdeen”) to terminate their partnership agreements with Aberdeen Asset Management plc (“Aberdeen”).
There are no immediate changes for customers. Following completion of the review, Scottish Widows and Lloyds Private Banking anticipate implementing the new arrangements by the end of H1 2019. Scottish Widows and Lloyds Private Banking will work with Standard Life Aberdeen to ensure no disruption to performance or service in the interim.
Scottish Widows and Lloyds Private Banking entered into the partnership with Aberdeen following the sale of Scottish Widows Investment Partnership in 2014. This included long-term contracts for the management by Aberdeen of over £100bn of assets on behalf of Scottish Widows and Lloyds Private Banking.
These contracts enabled Scottish Widows and Lloyds Private Banking to terminate the contracts in the event that Aberdeen was subject to a change of control with a material competitor. Aberdeen recently completed a merger with Standard Life plc, which is a material competitor of Scottish Widows and also of Lloyds Private Banking. At the time, Scottish Widows and Lloyds Private Banking agreed to delay a decision regarding the exercise of their termination rights for a period of 6 months following completion of the merger, during which period the parties agreed to discuss in good faith ways to build a successful relationship and address the competition issue.
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