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Sanlam acquires 60 per cent stake in Buckles

South African financial services group Sanlam has acquired a 60 per cent stake in adviser firm Buckles.

Sanlam group chief executive Dr Johan van Zyl said that the acquisition of Buckles reflects further progress in the Sanlam Group’s strategy of growth and diversification through selective acquisitions and geographic expansion.

Sanlam’s acquisitions in the UK over the past four years include Merchant Investors, the operations of Nucleus, Principal and Intrinsic.

Van Zyl says: “We believe the aggregation of IFAs in the UK market provides a significant opportunity to build on our initiatives aimed at establishing a substantial and leading advisory and wealth management business in the UK. Buckles meets all the criteria as a top quality intermediary business we were seeking for this purpose.

Buckles chief executive Nigel Speirs says: “We are delighted to have received the backing of Sanlam, which will help us achieve our targets for the future. The investment will enable us to continue our programme of acquiring the businesses of IFAs who wish to retire, with the assurance that their clients will continue to be well looked after. Over the last five years we have acquired some dozen client banks in Wales and the North West and we have identified many more.

“Our award winning graduate training and development programme, which has produced a stream of fully qualified professional advisers, has been a great success. With the backing of Sanlam, we aim to roll the programme out in other parts of the country.

“We plan to continue to expand, building on our very strong administration and support team that has enabled us to provide our advisers with the best possible para planning, IT backup and HR services.”


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