Liontrust acquires Architas Investment Business

Liontrust has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Architas UK Investment Business. 

The deal has added £5.7bn assets under advice to Liontrust, bringing the firm’s total assets to over £26m. 

Liontrust chief John Ions commented: “This is an important strategic acquisition for Liontrust. Completing the purchase expands our distribution among financial advisers through the scale of the combined multi-asset businesses, the strength of the merged investment team, the broad range of multi-asset and multi-manager portfolios and funds and enhanced client service.

“Financial advisers are key clients for Liontrust because of the responsibility they have as guardians of people’s savings.”

Liontrust’s press release states: “The acquisition by Liontrust of the Architas UK Investment Business on 30 October 2020 has created one of the most experienced and highly regarded multi-asset multi-manager teams in the UK market. The Architas UK Fund Management team consisting of Sheldon MacDonald, Nathan Sweeney, Mayank Markanday, Jen Causton and Shayan Ratnasingam joined Liontrust on 30 October and merged with the Liontrust Multi-Asset investment team. John Husselbee has been Head of the Multi-Asset team since 2013 and Sheldon MacDonald has become Deputy Head. Paul Kim, who has managed discretionary portfolios and multi-manager funds for more than 30 years and who also joined Liontrust in 2013, completes the team.”