M&G creates new £28bn wealth management unit

David Montgomery

Investment firm M&G plc announced on Wednesday it is bringing together established existing businesses to form a new wealth management division.

M&G Wealth Management will comprise Ascentric, the platform acquired from Royal London in September, Prudential Financial Planning, The Advice Partnership (TAP) and the M&G Direct funds business.

The new division’s assets under management and administration total £28 billion.

David Montgomery, previously chief operating officer customer and distribution of M&G plc, has been appointed managing director of the business, subject to regulatory approval.

M&G plc has about £340 billion of assets under management and administration, around five million retail customers and more than 800 institutional clients.

Montgomery has 10 years’ experience in financial services and joined M&G from Transamerica, the US insurer, at the beginning of the year.

Previously, Montgomery held senior roles at Royal Bank of Scotland and Aegon UK.

David Macmillan, Chief Customer and Distribution Officer of M&G plc, said: “The formation of this new division is part of our strategy to expand our service offering for advisers, their clients and our wider customer base in the UK.

“Demand for high quality advice and supporting wealth solutions is rising and we want to participate more actively in this growing market.

“We see a great opportunity to create something unique in the market and this announcement is the next step in a process that started with the launch of TAP and continued with our recent acquisition of Ascentric.”

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