Apex Acquires DB's Alternative Fund Services Business
Apex Group Ltd. and Genstar Capital today jointly announced the acquisition of the Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBKGn.DE / NYSE: DB) Alternative Fund Services (“AFS”) business.
The latest joint announcement from the firms reveals the rapid expansion of Apex since the company was recapitalized with Genstar and simultaneously acquired Equinoxe Alternative Investment Services. The purchase of the AFS business is the most recent significant step in Apex’s movement towards its stated goal of being a top five global fund services business.
The transaction will add $170 billion in AUA, propelling Apex to become the eighth largest administrator in the world and the largest independent administrator. Apex’s global reach and connected operating model opens up an additional 18 investment jurisdictions to AFS clients, with local expertise available through the Apex network of offices. The combination of AFS and Apex will also enable a broader range of products and services to be offered to clients. Apex’s local service delivery model, coupled with AFS’ management, staff and platform, will ensure client service continues at the highest level. It is this service model and the global network of offices that has enabled Apex to achieve one of the fastest organic growth rates in the sector. Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter 2018.
“This is another significant step in the evolution of the Apex Group. This transaction complements the existing Apex business and further strengthens our position as the leading independent provider of fund services globally,” stated Peter Hughes, Founder and CEO at Apex. “This acquisition is consistent with Apex’s ongoing commitment to continued strategic investments and to developing our product offering to become the most complete partner in the sector.”
“The Apex team is working closely with Deutsche Bank to ensure a seamless transition and we are committed to providing our new customers with the same high level of service our current Apex customers have come to expect and delivering additional and tailored services to the AFS clients. Apex’s philosophy for delivering tailored and client-centric service on a local level remains the same. We are delighted to welcome the AFS management and staff to Apex and look forward to continuing to develop our global team as we step closer to our target of becoming one of the world’s top five largest fund administrators,” adds Hughes.
Tony Salewski, Managing Director of Genstar Capital, said “We are excited to continue supporting Apex’s growth trajectory through the acquisition of this high-quality business. AFS expands Apex’s sophisticated private equity and real estate servicing offering, and adds complementary banking products to Apex’s global client base. The combination yields benefits to the clients of both Apex and AFS.”
“A key goal with this transaction was to find a partner that will continue to deliver high quality services to our Alternative Fund Services clients. We feel we have achieved our objective with Apex, with whom Deutsche Bank is looking forward to working closely over the coming months”, commented Satvinder Singh, Global Head of Securities Services at Deutsche Bank.
Macquarie Capital acted as exclusive financial advisor and Willkie Farr & Gallagher provided legal counsel to Genstar and Apex. Deutsche Bank acted as financial advisor and Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer provided legal counsel to Deutsche Bank.