Aberdeen among potential bidders for Pioneer

Martin Gilbert, CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management

Aberdeen Asset Management is among the four potential bidders still in the running to buy UniCredit’s fund management business Pioneer which has about $246 billion of assets under management, according to a Reuters report.

Europe’s biggest asset manager Amundi and an Italian consortium led by Poste Italiane are viewed as frontrunners after submitting the highest non-binding offers, the report said.

But Australia’s Macquarie and Aberdeen Asset are also interested in Pioneer and are carrying out due diligence on the business.

UniCredit wants to raise around 3 billion euros from the sale of Pioneer, a deal seen as crucial to plug a gap in its capital requirements estimated to be as big as 8 billion euros.