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B&W splits from sister firm to join with Deloitte

Leading UK actuarial and insurance consultancy Bacon & Woodrow is to split from sister business the Employee Benefits Consultancy to merge with Deloitte & Touche.

Partners of Bacon & Woodrow Insurance Practice will follow formal procedure and resign to form the merged company and become partners in the new merged firm.

B&W&#39s business, the Employee Benefits Consultancy, which accounts for around three-quarters of the practice, intends to merge with global consultancy Hewitt Associates.

Deloitte say the merger will strengthen its financial sector business as B&W has an excellent client base both in the UK and continental Europe.

Deloitte has been in the process of expanding in the finance sector for several years and has acquired clients such as the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Lazard, Abbey National, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Alliance & Leicester.

The merged practice will be called B&W Deloitte and initially operate from offices in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne and Zurich. It will be led by B&W partner Allan Kaufman.

Deloitte UK senior partner and global managing partner of the insurance, accounting and advisory businesses John Connolly says: “B&W Deloitte will provide us with a platform for fast growth in the European financial services and health sectors.”


IFA&#39s hourly rate disputed in pension blunder

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Legal & General plug into technology

Legal & General is jumping on the technology bandwagon with its global technology unit trust.Aimed at experienced investors who are looking for exposure to the technology market, the trust will track the FTSE all world technology index. The FTSE all world technology index consists of 175 companies based all over the world and includes companies […]

Split and polish

Over the last two years the most dynamic sector of the investment trust market has been the split-capital trusts. These trusts are well established but there has been a revival of demand.This year, over 30 new funds will be launched, including a number of existing trusts which have been restructured. In 1999, 38 split-cap trusts […]

A murder is announced

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Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy


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