PE firm Warburg Pincus steps in to secure £44bn Tilney Smith & Williamson merger

Deal has been delayed by pandemic and FCA concerns

Mike Sheen
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Chris Woodhouse set to become chief executive of Tilney Smith & Williamson
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Chris Woodhouse set to become chief executive of Tilney Smith & Williamson

The £44bn merger between Tilney and Smith & Williamson is one step closer to completion under a revised transaction structure, which will see private equity firm Warburg Pincus enter the fray to co-invest in the business alongside existing investor Permira.

It follows intervention earlier this year by the Financial Conduct Authority which, in addition to disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, held up the merger as the regulator identified "a number of issues" with the previous terms of the deal. In September 2019 the firms confirmed the merger, which is set to create a £44bn AUM business under the name Tilney Smith & Williamson with chief executive of Tilney Chris Woodhouse set to become group chief executive. Its revised transaction structure is intended to significantly reduce external debt for the combined Tilney Smith & Willi...

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