Freeman & Co. released its annual report on asset management M&A activity in 2018.
Freeman & Co. (“Freeman”) reported an increase in M&A activity in the asset management sector. Asset manager transactions increased 3% from 2017 to $2.1 trillion of transacted AUM, up from $2.0 trillion. Total transactions were up from 141 to 147 total deals in 2018.
The aggregate deal value of all asset management transactions announced in 2018 represented approximately $2.1 trillion in AUM. There were 44 announced deals in the fourth quarter of 2018 alone, totaling $1.1 trillion in AUM.
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