Royal Bank of Canada to buy £1.6bn Brewin Dolphin

By Mark McSherry

RBC Wealth Management, a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada, announced that it will acquire UK wealth manager Brewin Dolphin for £1.6 billion in cash.

RBC will pay £5.15 per share, a premium of 62% to the Brewin Dolphin closing share price of £3.18 on March 30, 2022.

The deal is subject to approval from Brewin Dolphin shareholders and regulators.

Brewin Dolphin has a network of more than 30 offices and assets under management of £59 billion as at December 31, 2021.

Brewin Dolphin CEO Robin Beer said: “The Brewin Dolphin Board is pleased to recommend the offer by RBC in the interests of our shareholders, our clients, our people and our business partners.

“Building on the strong organic growth that we have achieved to date, the combined businesses will create an attractive platform for future growth.

“As part of RBC we would be able to provide our clients with a broader range of products and services, and expand our distribution channels through leveraging RBC’s global presence.

“We share complementary values which emphasize the importance of long-standing client relationships and an inclusive culture supportive of employees and local communities.

“Our focus will be on maintaining continuity, so that we build on what we have already achieved.

“I am looking forward to us working together to enhance our market position as a leading advice-focused, digitally enabled wealth manager.”

Doug Guzman, Group Head, RBC Wealth Management, RBC Insurance and RBC Investor & Treasury Services, said: “The UK is a key growth market for RBC, and Brewin Dolphin provides us with an exceptional platform to significantly transform our wealth management business in the region, giving RBC Wealth Management a #3 market position in the UK and Ireland, in addition to being a market leader in Canada, with a growing position in the United States.

“By combining two highly complementary businesses, we will increase the depth and breadth of our services and position the combined business as a premier integrated wealth management provider to private and institutional clients.

“Both management teams are excited by a shared vision of high quality client service, client-centric culture and the exceptional growth opportunities that we can deliver together.

“We look to continue investing in the combined business and take it to greater heights.

“We are confident that this acquisition will deliver benefits to our combined clients, employees and stakeholders.”

David Thomas, CEO, RBC Capital Markets Europe and Head, Wealth Management added: “This is a transformative acquisition for RBC Wealth Management and cements RBC’s position as a market leader across multiple business platforms in the UK, the Channel Islands and Europe.

“We look forward to welcoming Brewin Dolphin’s employees and clients and working together to leverage RBC’s global reach and significant capabilities to create new opportunities for the combined business to grow.”