Bestinvest backed by 3i

23 Jul 2007

3i has acquired independent investment managers and financial adviser Bestinvest.  The terms of the acquisition are not disclosed.

Bestinvest, founded in 1986 by majority shareholder John Spiers, is one of the country’s most successful financial advisory companies and currently looks after client assets exceeding £3.7 billion. The company pioneered the concept of providing investment advice with discounted investment charges and is still only one of a handful of companies to offer such a service.

Bestinvest’s high net worth discretionary investment management service, launched in June 2003, now has £1 billion of client assets and the company has a successful fee-based financial planning service.

John Spiers, Bestinvest founder, comments:
“After much careful thought I’ve decided that this would be an appropriate time for my family and me to sell a large part of our shareholding in Bestinvest. While I believe the opportunities for Bestinvest are greater than ever, it makes little sense for so much of the share capital to be owned by a largely passive shareholder who is becoming more interested in capital preservation than future growth."

"My decision to accept a bid from 3i was heavily influenced by the respect for our culture of independence and willingness to back our existing management team. 3i clearly understands the wealth management sector and our business and therefore quickly became the most obvious partner for Bestinvest. Selling to a product provider was never a realistic option.”
 
Andrew Barnes, Bestinvest Chief Executive Officer, will continue to lead the existing management team moving forwards.
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Peter Gordon, 3i Partner and Head of Financial Services comments:
“We believe Bestinvest offers one of the most exciting opportunities in the UK financial services sector. The company is one of few financial advisers with a profitable, robust and scalable business model. Bestinvest has a high quality and loyal client base along with an excellent brand and reputation."

“It will be strictly business as usual for both Bestinvest clients and staff. We plan to enhance rather than significantly change a winning formula.”

The shareholders of Bestinvest were advised by KPMG Corporate Finance. 

About 3i

3i is a world leader in private equity and venture capital.  We focus on buyouts, growth capital and venture capital and invest across Europe, in the United States and Asia. Our competitive advantage comes from our international network and the strength and breadth of our relationships in business.  These underpin the value that we deliver to our portfolio and to our shareholders.  www.3i.com

About 3i Buyouts
The 3i European Buyout Business is a leader in the European mid-market.  We lead mid-market buyouts up to €1bn using insight from our local knowledge, international connections, and our sector teams.  Managing €3bn invested in over 60 companies across Europe, the business invests in all sectors, with a particular focus on media, healthcare, business services and Oil, Gas & Power.

3i recently raised a €5bn fund, the largest fund in Europe dedicated to mid-market buyouts. ‘Eurofund V’ will be invested in buyout transactions over the next four years, primarily in Europe.