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Sanlam acquires English Mutual

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Lukas vean der Walt Sanlam

Sanlam UK has acquired adviser firm English Mutual.

English Mutual has 43 advisers and assets under advice of about £400m. Its chief executive Alex Morley has been appointed to the Sanlam board.

Sanlam UK chief executive Lukas van der Walt says: “I am delighted to welcome English Mutual, all their staff and all their advisers into Sanlam UK. This acquisition strengthens our ever growing foot print in the UK and is in line with our strategic plans to grow an advice-led wealth management business.”

Sanlam has made a number of acquisitions in 2012. In May, it acquired the client bank of IFA firm Camilleri & Associates and in January it acquired the client banks of Llanelli-based Brian D Thomas Financial Planning Services and Kent-based firm George Ognibeni.

Brunning Newman Houghton director David Brunning says: ‘There are some firms out there with very large war chests looking to make further acquisitions before the end of the year and Sanlam is one of them.”

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