Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBKGn.DE / NYSE: DB) has announced that DWS Investments Italy S.G.R.p.A., the retail asset management arm of Deutsche Bank Group in Italy, will sell its local mutual fund range to Anima S.G.R.p.A., an Italian asset manager. DWS’ local fund range, which has assets under management in excess of EUR 7.0 bn, will be merged into Anima’s existing fund range. After this transaction, EUR 11 bn of assets will remain in Italy in international mutual funds as well as in the four local asset management activities: discretionary portfolio management, institutional mandates, hedge funds, and life insurance.
The agreement also includes long-term distribution arrangements between Anima and Deutsche Bank, in particular Deutsche Bank's financial advisors network Finanza & Futuro Banca and Deutsche Bank’s branch banking network in Italy. The agreement is the result of a careful process of exploring opportunities to strengthen DWS’ position in the Italian market by focussing on DWS’ international mutual fund range and to expand Deutsche Bank’s product offering to its customers.
The assets under management of DWS’ local mutual fund range are valued at a multiple of 1.2% under the agreement. The transaction is subject to the completion of a consultation procedure with trade unions, the approvals of the Bank of Italy and anti-trust authorities and the 90-day term that must elapse between the notice given to investors and the effective date of the funds merger. The transaction will become effective upon completion of the funds merger expected in Q2 2007.
The strategic partnership with regard to distribution ensures continuity in managing Deutsche Bank’s relationship with clients. “With their existing investment in the funds, our clients will gain access to Anima’s fund range and the proven asset management capabilities of one of the major independent Italian asset managers. This distribution agreement reinforces our open architecture proposition aiming to offer to our clients the best investment solution through high quality advisory”, said Vincenzo De Bustis, Head of Deutsche Bank Italy.
With this strategic reorganisation, DWS confirms its commitment to both the Italian asset management market and a European growth strategy. “Our new Italian business model will focus on the distribution of DWS international mutual funds as well as our four local asset management activities: discretionary portfolio management, institutional mandates, hedge funds and life insurance”, said Enrico Biglino, Head of DWS Italy. Stephan Kunze, Head of DWS Europe, said: “For us, Italy is a core market in Europe. We intend to strengthen our position in this key market with an enhanced offering of our international fund range. DWS' international fund range has an outstanding performance track record. The key to our success lies in DWS' global structure and international expertise."
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