Southport wealth management firm acquires two counterparts

Tue, 04 Jun 2019 | BUSINESS SALE



Ludlow Wealth Management Group, headquartered in Southport, has snapped up two counterparts in the North West as part of its “rapid progress” towards securing £2 billion worth of assets to manage.

Led by chief executive Ian Hemingway, the group has purchased A Letton Percival & Co.’s financial planning division in Liverpool, and an unnamed business from shareholders who are retiring.

A Letton Percival & Co.’s principal consultant, Neil Leaver, and two staff members, and one from the unnamed company, will join Ludlow’s team of advisers.

Mobeus Equity Partners supported the deal and began its backing for Ludlow in 2017, which now has seven offices in Blackburn, Burnley, Edinburgh, Fylde, Liverpool, Preston, and Southport.

Santander Growth Capital established Mobeus’ acquisition debt facilities in December 2018, with more bolt-ons planned over the course of the year.

The acquisition of the two new businesses will bring an additional £250 million of client assets to Ludlow.

Hemingway remarked: “Ludlow has a strong history of growth through acquisition, as well as high levels of new clients through personal recommendations. I am delighted to welcome two new sets of clients to Ludlow and look forward to working with our new colleagues to deliver on their personal and financial goals.”

He also suggested that the company would be looking to expand further in the future.

Portfolio partner at Mobeus, Justin Maltz, added: “These two acquisitions demonstrate both the market opportunity for further consolidation under larger, more professional wealth management groups and the significant potential and ambition for Ludlow in particular. We will be working hard to fulfil this.”

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