Apex Group, the Channel Islands based financial services provider is to acquire Prometa Fund Support Services Inc., a Canada based provider of fund services.
Prometa delivers fund services to clients in Canada, the United States, and Bermuda, including hedge funds, LSVCCs and mortgage investment corporations. Prometa administers over $28 billion in assets for approximately 50 fund companies representing more than 180 funds and approximately 225,000 individual investors.
Growth of Canada’s asset management industry outpaced both the U.S. and the global industry in 2021, with assets under management rising 14% during the year to US$3.6 trillion.
The acquisition of Prometa will strengthen Apex Group’s presence in the geography, adding 16 employees based in Winnipeg, Canada supplementing the Group’s existing offices in Toronto, Ontario and increasing its overall Americas headcount to over 1,000 people. In addition to the acquisition of Prometa, Apex Group will continue to target organic growth in Canada, expecting to employ 200 people by the end of 2022.
Through this acquisition, Prometa’s clients will benefit from Apex Group’s global reach, access to a network of local experts and a wide range of services including digital banking and ESG ratings & advisory. Apex Group’s services are provided through a single relationship, offering scalable solutions and enabling clients to grow and expand into new jurisdictions.
This announcement follows the recent close of the acquisition of Sanne, with Apex Group now providing services to almost $3 trillion of assets, delivered via 10,000 employees from over 80 offices in more than 40 markets.
Peter Hughes, Founder and CEO of Apex Group, comments: “The addition of Prometa to Apex Group further strengthens our service offering for clients in North America in the alternative asset management space.
“As Canada’s asset management industry continues to see impressive growth, this acquisition bolsters our ability to deliver our single-source solution locally and to be the best possible partner for our clients in this market.”
George Asprey (pictured), President and CEO, and Mike Kalic, Vice President and COO of Prometa add: “We are confident that Apex Group provides the best possible home for Prometa and our clients, offering them unrivalled access to new services, geographies and opportunities.”
MNP Corporate Finance served as financial advisors to Prometa, with Fillmore Riley LLP providing legal advice. Stikeman Elliott LLP acted as legal advisors to Apex Group on the transaction.