In asset management, it’s shedding season

For asset managers, the shedding season seems to have no end in sight.

More asset management units of financial institutions are likely to find their way into the market in the months ahead, as they look to separate distribution from product creation, Jefferies & Co’s financial institution group predicts. 

More than two-thirds of global asset management deal activity came from such divestitures in the third quarter, a record level in a three-month period, Jefferies said.

These included deals such as Bank of America’s agreement to sell the long-term asset management business of Columbia Management to Ameriprise, Bank of New York Mellon’s acquisition of Insight Investment from Lloyds, and the purchase by Sumitomo Trust & Banking of Citigroup’s 64 percent interest in Nikko Asset Management. 

“As larger financial institutions refocus on strategic strengths, we expect they will continue to separate asset management distribution from manufacturing,” said Aaron Dorr, a managing director.

There were 38 deals in the third quarter, down from  66 in the same period last year, but disclosed deal value climbed to $4.5 billion from $4.2 billion and managed assets transacted rose to $749 billion from $728 billion, Jefferies said.

from Commentaries:

Don’t hold your breath for European flotations

COLOMBIA/A web-based survey of more than 40 European institutional investors by investment bank Jefferies shows most -- 83 percent of those who responded -- are not expecting a re-opening of the IPO market in the UK and Continental Europe before the middle of 2010.


Only 23 percent of the analysts, portfolio managers and dealers surveyed reckon the IPO market will re-open by the end of this year.

Seems the world is still split on what type of companies will be floated though:

UBS tries to block healthcare banker exodus to Jefferies

UBS received a temporary restraining order earlier this week against Jefferies and two of its former health care bankers, Benjamin Lorello and Sage Kelly, preventing them from starting work at Jefferies for 30 days. The order also prevents Jefferies from poaching other UBS bankers until July 20.

This is not the first time UBS has gone to court to make sure its employment contracts are honored. The Swiss bank sought an injunction against rival Vestra Wealth last year in London, after 75 of its wealth managers left for the start-up.

The order against Jefferies and the bankers is posted below.

UBS/Jefferies order