Legal & General offloads Suffolk Life

UK financial group Legal & General has announced the sale of its Suffolk Life business, which provides self invested personal pensions (Sipp), to Curtis Banks Group plc for £45m (€59m).

L&G said the deal was driven by its desire to sell non core business. In 2015 it sold Legal & General France, Legal & General Ireland and Legal & General Egypt.

Chris Banks, executive chairman of Curtis Banks Group, said the deal would facilitate its growth target of becoming the key provider in the UK Sipp market. Suffolk Life was established in 1971, and counted assets under administration of £8.7bn (€11.4bn) as of the end of November across the 26,500 plans it administers.

Regulatory approval for the deal is expected in the first half of 2016. Curtis Banks will finance the deal through an underwritten placing.


Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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