The Ultimate List of Fund Administration Mergers and Acquisitions

September 21, 2022
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In the past several years, there has been a persistent trend toward mergers and acquisitions among fund administration firms around the globe. These few headlines from the past several years illustrate this consolidation trend:

But even as the biggest fund administrators strive to scoop up their smaller rivals, smaller firms are setting up shop with enviable agility and the ability to offer service to burgeoning fund managers. Industry pundits believe a shift is coming, where there will be a handful of top fund administrators (similar to the “Big Four” in traditional accounting) along with niche fund administration firms that cater to specific geographies, general partner needs, or fund types.

We will keep this page refreshed as we learn about pending and completed merger or acquisition deals in the fund admin industry; please note that news is subject to change. If you have a tip or an update, please let us know! And if you’re a fund administration firm, we invite you to learn about how Allvue solutions – such as our Fund Accounting and Investor Portal software – can help you streamline and future-proof your business.

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Fund Administration Mergers & Acquisitions Through the Years

2022

Apex Group and Implemented Investment Holdings

Date: September 12
Assets under administration: $3B
About: Global financial services provider Apex Group continued its geographic expansion with the purchase of Implemented Investment Holdings, which operates two administration platforms in New Zealand. InvestNow is a retail investment management platform, and Implemented Investment Solutions works with international managers looking to enter New Zealand. This is Apex’s second acquisition in that country.
Press: Apex Group set to acquire InvestNow and Implemented Investment Solutions

Apex Group and Prometa

Date: September 8
Assets under administration: $28B
About: Global financial services provider Apex Group increased its North American presence with the acquisition of Prometa, a Canadian company that administers funds based in Bermuda, Canada, and the US. The transaction gives Apex Group a new office, in Winnipeg.
Press: Apex Group acquires Prometa

Apex Group and Mainspring

Date: September 1
Assets under administration: $11B
About: Global financial services provider Apex Group acquired Mainspring, which provides fund administration and custodial services to small and medium-sized venture capital funds in the UK.
Press: Apex Group to buy UK fund administrator Mainspring

Apex Group and SandsPoint Capital Advisors

Date: August 15
Assets under administration: $30B
About: Global financial services provider Apex Group acquired SandsPoint Capital Advisors, which handles fund administration, advisory, and consulting services for real estate investors. The transaction expands Apex Group in the US.
Press: Apex Group acquires US real estate services firm

Apex Group and Sanne Group

Date: August 1
Assets under administration: $1.5T
About: Global financial services provider Apex Group acquired Sanne Group, which itself grew through acquisition. The transaction nearly doubles Apex Group’s assets under administration and adds several new markets.
Press: Apex Group closes £1.5bn acquisition of Sanne

Aduro Advisors acquires VMS Fund Administration

Date: July 12
Assets under administration: Not available
About: Aduro Advisors, which provides services to venture capital and private equity firms, acquired VMS Fund Services, which specialized in services for venture capital firms. In addition, the transaction gives Aduro an increased presence on the East Coast.
Press: Aduro Advisors acquires VMS Fund Administration

Apex Group acquires ZASMalta

Date: June 15
Assets under administration: $20B
About: Global financial services provider Apex Group acquired Malta-based ZAS, a specialist provider of regulatory compliance and risk management services. The acquisition expands Apex’s footprint in the Malta market.
Press: Apex acquires ZASMalta

ZEDRA acquires Atlas Fund Services

Date: April 28
Assets under administration: Not available
About: Global specialist ZEDRA acquired Curaçao- and US-based Atlas Fund Services. The acquisition grows ZEDRA’s global footprint in fund administration services, expanding from its existing presence in European and Asian markets into LATAM and the US.
Press: ZEDRA Expands Global Foothold in Fund Administration Services Industry With Acquisition of Curaçao and US Based Atlas Fund Services

Suntera Global acquires Socium

Date: April 28
Assets under administration: Not available
About: Global asset management firm Suntera acquired New Jersey-based Socium Funds Services as Suntera looks to grow and expand its international footprint in the US market. The acquisition adds to Suntera’s existing network in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta, and Switzerland.
Press: Suntera Global expands to US market through Socium acquisition

Waystone acquires Centaur Group

Date: March 30
Assets under administration: $1T
About: Global asset management firm Waystone acquired Centaur Group, based in London and with offices in Dublin, North America, and elsewhere. It represents a major expansion of services for Waystone.
Press: Centaur set to become part of Waystone

Waystone acquires T. Baily Fund Services

Date: January 13
Assets under administration: Not available
About: Global asset management firm Waystone acquired Nottingham, England-based T. Baily Fund Services (TBFS). By acquiring the independent fund admin, Waystone hopes to bolster its UK presence and supplement its offerings with a fully hosted authorized corporate director (ACD) service. Together, the firms will have more than £10B in ACD-related assets under oversight.
Press: Waystone to acquire T. Bailey Fund Services

2021

Ultimus Fund Solutions acquires FD Fund Administration

Date: December 16
Assets under administration: ~$400B
About: Cincinnati, Ohio-based fund administration and accounting firm Ultimus acquired Philadelphia-based FD Fund Administration, an independent provider of accounting and administrative services. The combined company will represent more than 1,500 funds.
Press: Ultimus Fund boosts private fund administration footprint with latest deal

JTC Group acquires Essential Fund Services (EFS)

Date: December 16
Assets under administration: Not available
About: JTC extended its reach in the US with the acquisition of New-York-based Essential Fund EFS, a top provider of fund accounting to the Insurance Dedicated Fund (IDF) industry with $5.5 billion in AUA. A JTC spokesperson noted that the States is an important growth market for the fund admin services sector, as there are fewer service providers in America compared to Europe.
Press: JTC buys US fund services business Essential Fund Services

CSC Group enters conditional agreement to acquire Intertrust N.V.

Date: December 6
Assets under administration: Not available
About: Delaware-based CSC offered more than $2 billion to acquire Netherlands-based fund solutions firm Intertrust. CSC has been growing rapidly over the last two decades, making 25 strategic acquisitions since 2002.
Press: CSC offers $2B to acquire Dutch competitor

IQ-EQ acquires Greyline Partners, LLC

Date: November 16
Assets under administration: Not available
About: Investor services group IQ-EQ, which already has 24 global locations, expanded its footprint with the acquisition of US-based compliance solutions provider Greyline Partners, LLC. Included in the transaction was Greyline subsidiary GCM Advisory (an outsourced CFO launched in 2021). Prior to this acquisition, IQ-EQ oversaw more than $500 billion in AUA.
Press: Fund administrator IQ-EQ buys US-based Greyline

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SEI acquires Novus Partners

Date: November 12
Assets under administration: $500 billion
About: SEI hopes this acquisition will help toward its goal of expanding SEI’s Enhanced CIO Platform’s data management and analytics capabilities.
Press: SEI Acquires Novus Partners in Bid to Target In-House Investment Teams

SEI acquires Finomial

Date: October 26
Assets under administration: Not available
About: Pennsylvania-based SEI acquired Finomial, a Boston-based software developer focused on cloud-based client lifecycle management solutions. Finomial clients represent roughly $500 billion in AUA, adding to SEI’s roughly $1.3 trillion in AUA and AUM.
Press: SEI buys Finomial

JTC Group acquires SALI Fund Services

Date: October 6
Assets under administration: $180 billion
About: JTC Group – a firm with offices around the globe but headquartered on the island of Jersey – entered a definitive agreement, reportedly worth up to $236 million, to acquire SALI Fund Services. SALI is a US provider of services for the Insurance Dedicated Fund (IDF) and Separately Management Account (SMA) market segments. This move further broadened JTC’s reach in the US, which was also the goal of its previous acquisitions of NES Financial and Segue Partners.
Press: JTC buys SALI Fund Services to accelerate US expansion

JTC Group acquires Ballybunion Capital

Date: September 21
Assets under administration: $180 billion
About: Specialty fund administrator JTC announced plans to expand into Ireland with the acquisition of Ballybunion Capital, a boutique asset manager and provider of regulatory oversight for investment funds, as well as management company and outsourced alternative investment fund manager services.
Press: JTC Group buys Irish ManCo provider for US business push

JTC Group acquires Segue Partners

Date: September 16
Assets under administration: $180 billion
About: As part of its growing effort to expand within the US and bolster its venture capital coverage, global fund JTC Group acquired St. Louis-based Segue Partners, a fund services provider with clients in 10 US States and Canada.
Press: JTC strengthens US fund service presence with Segue Partners acquisition

State Street acquires Brown Brothers Harriman Investor Services (BBH)

Date: September 7
Assets under administration: Not available
About: In a move that makes it the world’s leading provider of asset serving, State Street acquired BBH for $3.5 billion in cash. Going into the deal, BBH has $5.4 trillion in AUC in addition to State Street’s $31.9 trillion.
Press: With $3.5B acquisition, State Street makes clear it’s not going anywhere

Suntera Global acquires Reference Financial Servics SA

Date: August 25
Assets under administration: Not available
About: Global asset management firm Suntera acquired Luxembourg-based Reference Financial Services SA. Suntera’s acquisition of the boutique fund administration and corporate services firm strengthens Suntera’s presence in the EU markets in order to better support the firm’s growth strategy.
Press: Suntera Global has acquired Reference Financial Services

Ocorian acquires Trust Corporation International

Date: August 16
Assets under administration: $260 billion
About: Jersey-based provider of administration and fiduciary services Ocorian purchased Guernsey-based Trust Corporation International (TCI), a firm specializing in wealth administration and corporate services. Already a global firm, Ocarian expanded its reach into the Channel Islands with this acquisition.
Press: Ocorian buys Guernsey trust company

Gen II Fund Services acquires Stone Pine Accounting Services

Date: August 2
Assets under administration: $600 billion
About: Through the acquisition of Denver-based Stone Pine, New-York-based PE fund administrator Gen II expanded further into the Western US and increased its head count to roughly 750. Stone Pine offers tailored services to various private equity fund structures.
Press: Gen II Fund Services Acquires Stone Pine

Sanne enters into an agreement to acquire the PraxisIFM Funds business

Date: July 28
Assets under administration: $600 billion
About: This acquisition will increase Sanne’s presence in the European private equity market as well as the listed funds sector. The deal adds more than 80 employees and £25 billion in assets under administration.
Press: Sanne to acquire PraxisIFM fund admin business in European private equity expansion

BNY Mellon acquires Milestone Group

Date: July 8
Assets under administration: $41.7 trillion in AUA, $2.2 trillion in AUM
About: Roughly a year after New York-based BNY and Boston’s Milestone aligned to create a product suite of asset manager and owner services, the pair entered into a definitive buyout agreement. Through the acquisition, BNY will gain digital capabilities as well as OCIO services and cash allocation solutions.
Press: BNY Mellon to acquire Milestone Group to accelerate digitization of services

Apex Group wins bid for Mainstream Group

Date: July 1
Assets under administration: $1.4 trillion
About: Apex won a bidding war for Australia-based Mainstream Group with its final offer of (€1.78) per share, or €263 million. The deal will bring Apex’s workforce to nearly 5,000 employees in 50 offices worldwide.
Press: Apex sees off SS&C in Mainstream acquisition battle

CSC acquires PEF Services

Date: June 3
Assets under administration: Not available
About: CSC added New Jersey-based PEF Services to its roster, citing the latter’s “deep expertise in fund administration” – including compliance and reporting solutions – as a complement to CSC’s existing business, legal, and tax services.
Press: CSC acquires boutique investment firm servicer

Apex Group acquires Tzur Management

Date: May 18
Assets under administration: Not available
About: Apex’s acquisition of fund admin services company Tzur – with offices in New York and Tel Aviv – adds 90 employees and $13 billion in AuA to Apex’s growing business.
Press: Apex Group acquires Israeli fund services provider

TMF Group acquires Venture Back Office

Date: April 8
Assets under administration: €150 billion
About: TMF Group continued to expand into North America with the purchase of Venture Back Office, a third-party provider of fund administration and investor services solutions. Venture Back Office is also one of the few companies to offer ASC 820 Fair Value Measurement services.
Press: TMF Group expands US private markets business with acquisition of Venture Back Office

Sanne acquires STRAIT

Date: April 7
Assets under administration: Not available
About: With acquisition of Dallas-based STRAIT, Sanne added more than 50 employees, roughly 60 new client groups, and more than $20 billion in AUA. Sanne paid $32 million upfront for the deal, plus an earn-out component in cash and shares, worth up to $13 million.
Press: Sanne to buy Texas-based STRAIT for up to $45m, raise £80m in placing

JTC Group acquires INDOS Financial

Date: February 15
Assets under administration: $130 billion
About: JTC purchased UK-based INDOS and its subsidiaries for a maximum value of £12.5 million (including potential deferred compensation). INDOS specializes in the alternative assets market, offering depository and other services, as well as technical expertise that strategically complement JTC’s portfolio.
Press: JTC brokers deal to buy alternative fund services expert INDOS Financial

Alter Domus acquires Strata Fund Solutions

Date: January 12
Assets under administration: $1 trillion
About: In its continued strategy to expand US operations, Alter Domus acquired Salt Lake City-based Strata, a provider of back- and middle-office services for the PE and VC sectors. The deal, for Strata’s $140 billion in AUA and more than 200 employees, places Alter Domus among the top-three largest private asset services for US alternative asset managers.
Press: Alter Domus acquiring Strata Fund Solutions

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Sudrania acquires Triple Leo Consulting

Date: January 5
Assets under administration: Not available
About: Sudrania, a cloud-computing-enabled fund admin firm, acquired the primary assets of Philadelphia-based Triple Leo Consulting (TLC). TLC is a fund administrator specializing in crypto and digital assets. As part of the agreement, TLC founder and CEO joined Sudrania in a consultive role, while the remainder of TLC’s staff joined the Sudrania team.
Press: Sudrania Completes Acquisition of Triple Leo Consulting

2020

Link Group acquires Casa4Funds

Date: December 23
Assets under administration: €100 billion (AuM)
About: Link Group acquired the Luxembourg-based Casa4Funds, a UCITS Management Company and Alternative Investment Fund Manager, from Banor Capital. The deal enables Link to further expand into Luxembourg, an important destination for the investment fund business.
Press: Link Group to acquire Casa4Funds

Apex Group acquires GFin Corporate Services

Date: December 23
Assets under administration: $1 trillion
About: Apex continued its growth spurt by acquiring Mauritius-based Gfin, with 130 employees and $18 billion in AUA.
Press: Apex Group bolsters Mauritius reach with GFin Corporate Services purchase

Alter Domus acquires IPS Fund Services

Date: December 21
Assets under administration: Not available
About: Alter Domus expanded its East Coast presence with the acquisition of Boston-based IPS Fund Services, which has $9 billion in AUA. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Alter Domus’s central US office is in Chicago.
Press: Alter Domus ramps up US presence with IPS Fund Services takeover

Universal-Investment Group acquires Metzler’s Irish fund management company

Date: December 17
Assets under administration: Not available
About: With its acquisition of Metzler Ireland Limited (MIL), Universal-Investment moves into the Irish market. At the time of the deal, Metzler brings 20 employees and roughly €2.8 billion in assets under management.
Press: Universal-Investment Group expands into Irish fund market

Crestbridge acquires Ovation Fund Services

Date: December 14
Assets under administration: Not available
About: London-based Crestbridge expanded its footprint in the US by acquiring New Jersey-based Ovation Fund Services to open its seventh global office. Ovation specializes in fund administration, accounting, and reporting services.
Press: Crestbridge expands in US with acquisition

Sanne acquires Private Equity Administrators (PEA)

Date: December 7
Assets under administration: Not available
About: In an effort to broaden its reach to Denmark and Sweden, Sanne offered €27 million in shares and cash for PEA, with a potential performance bonus of up to €3.25 million. The Danish fund services provider comes with 55 employees and more than €27 billion in AUA.
Press: Sanne to acquire Scandinavian Private Equity Administrators

Apex acquires Banco Modal’s Brazilian alternative fund administration business

Date: October 28
Assets under administration: $1 trillion
About: Apex’s acquisition of the Banco Modal unit adds almost $12 billion in AUA and 75 employees to Apex’s Americas headcount, in addition to offices in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Press: Apex to buy Banco Modal’s alternative fund administration business in Brazil

Apex acquires FundRock

Date: October 15
Assets under administration: ~$1 trillion
About: Apex’s acquisition of FundRock (headquartered in Luxembourg) brings the former’s AUA close to the $1 trillion milestone. The deal will also strengthen Apex’s ManCo capabilities across Europe.
Press: Apex reveals FundRock acquisition

MJ Hudson acquires Bridge Group

Date: October 14
Assets under administration: Not available
About: International asset manager MJ Hudson acquired Ireland-based Bridge Group, a provider of compliance and risk services to the funds industry. Bridge has 27 full-time employees serving 100 asset managers and more than €120 billion in AUA. MJ Hudson’s CEO noted the acquisition is a “key milestone … as Brexit approaches,” as it extends its reach to all UK and European fund centers.
Press: MJ Hudson acquires Bridge Group

Intertrust acquires Sameer Mittal & Associates LLP

Date: August 31
Assets under administration: Not available
About: Amsterdam-based Intertrust agreed to acquire the corporate services business of New Delhi-based Sameer Mittal. The two firms have a previous relationship, as Mittal was Intertrust’s corporate services partner in India since 2016.
Press: Intertrust to expand footprint in India with acquisition of leading corporate services provider

JTC Group acquires NES Financial (NESF)

Date: April 2
Assets under administration: $130 billion
About: JTC offered an initial buyout price of $40 million in shares and cash – with up to $116 million after earn-out potential – for Boston-based NESF, a provider of fund administration and treasury services and technology solutions. The deal complements two of JTC’s strategic goals: expanding further into the US and growing its technological capabilities.
Press: JTC acquires leading US fund administration business NES Financial

IQ-EQ acquires Blue River Partners

Date: February 18
Assets under administration: Not available
About: In a continued pursuit toward growth within the US private equity and hedge fund business, IQ-EQ acquired Blue River, a provider of back-office services for the alternatives sector. Blue River has 180 employees across seven US-based offices.
Press: IQ-EQ takes over Blue River Partners

Sanne acquires Inbhear Fund Services

Date: January 29
Assets under administration: Not available
About: Sanne inked an agreement to acquire Inbhear Fund Service Limited and Inbhear Management Services Limited for up to €14.4 million (€6.6 million upfront with a potential earn-out capped at €7.8 million over three years). Inbhear is a fund administration platform based in Dublin with a strong additional `presence in the Cayman Islands.
Press: Sanne to shore up Irish operation with Inbhear acquisition; delivers double digit growth in 2019

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