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ISIS and F&C to merge

ISIS Asset Management and F&C are to merge. As part of the deal the ISIS brand will drop in favour of F&C.

Howard Carter will head the newly formed firm as chief executive with Robert Jenkins staying on as a non-executive chairman.

Isis Asset Management head of communications and strategy Jason Hollands says both sides are extremely excited about what they believe is a totally transforming manoeuvre.

He says: “Our strategy was to be a top five player by 2007 and this makes us number four ahead of schedule.”

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