Guernsey's MitonOptimal to acquire Coram Asset Management

21 June 2016

MitonOptimal International, the Guernsey-headquartered discretionary fund management company, is to acquire Coram Asset Management Limited.

The acquisition of the UK fund management company that was co-founded by the late Martin Gray is subject to Financial Conduct Authority regulatory approval and will reunite the Coram team with former colleagues at MitonOptimal, in a relationship that dates back more than a decade. Coram has been the manager of MitonOptimal's Offshore Special Situations Fund since December 2014 and prior to Coram's formation, Coram co-founder James Sullivan co-managed the fund alongside Mr Gray at Miton plc.

"Martin Gray's influence at Coram Asset Management as a co-founder, fund manager and shareholder was significant and his passing marked an inflection point in our business model which led us to explore a number of options available to us," said Mr Sullivan.

"We believe that this deal meets the long-term interests of the investors within the funds managed by Coram and we are delighted to be working with the MitonOptimal team again, cementing a relationship that goes back over 10 years. The company has close to half a billion pounds in assets under management and the balance sheet strength that allows Coram to implement its strategy at a pace that exceeds original expectations. The resource and experience that Scott Campbell and his team bring to Coram will be invaluable in enhancing the service we are able to deliver to our clients."

Scott Campbell, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at MitonOptimal, said the acquisition would benefit both companies and their clients.

"Continuing with the successful long-term investment process for our client's assets was paramount and James Sullivan and Mel Kennard have proven to be very competent fund managers and business operators respectively. We are excited at the prospect of their joining the MitonOptimal team as we continue to develop our discretionary fund management (DFM), advisory services and funds business on a global basis," said Mr Campbell.

MitonOptimal is an established specialist global multi-asset management company, with a presence in Guernsey, South Africa, Singapore and the Isle of Man. Founded in 2002, the business offers a range of multi-asset funds, alongside discretionary fund management and advisory services to a broad range of intermediaries and institutional investors around the world.

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