Standard Life-Aberdeen merger cleared by City watchdogs

Standard Life Aberdeen will be headed by Martin Gilbert, left, and Keith Skeoch. Picture: Graham Flack
Standard Life Aberdeen will be headed by Martin Gilbert, left, and Keith Skeoch. Picture: Graham Flack
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The £11 billion merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management (AAM) has been given the green light by the UK’s financial regulators.

The Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority have given their blessing for the tie-up to proceed, creating one of the world’s biggest fund management groups with some £670bn of assets.

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The merger, which is set to complete next month, has already been cleared by the Competition & Markets Authority and the shareholders of both groups.

The enlarged company, to be called Standard Life Aberdeen, will be headed up jointly by Standard chief executive Keith Skeoch and his counterpart at AAM, Martin Gilbert.

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Announced in March, the merger is targeting cost savings of £200 million a year, with about 800 jobs expected to be lost over a three-year period from a global workforce of 9,000.

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In a joint statement, Standard Life and AAM said: “The transaction remains subject to certain regulatory approvals in other jurisdictions and to final approval at a court hearing scheduled for 11 August 2017. The merger is currently expected to complete on 14 August 2017.”

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