Goldman Sachs has entered into an agreement to acquire European asset manager NN Investment Partners for €1.6 billion, or about $1.86 billion.
The Hague, Netherlands-based NN Investment Partners dates back almost 175 years and employs more than 900 individuals in 15 countries. It has about $355 billion in assets under the supervision and approximately $70 billion in assets under advice.
In a press release published on August 19, Goldman Sachs said that employees of NN Investment Partners will join its own once the transaction is completed.
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The firm said that it can benefit from NN Investment Partners’ expertise, which can help boost its fund management and distribution platform across retail and institutional channels in Europe.
The bank adds that the merger will bring its assets under supervision in Europe to over $600 billion. Goldman Sachs currently supervises $2.3 trillion worth of assets worldwide.
Part of the agreement will have Goldman Sachs Asset Management entering into a long-term strategic partnership agreement with NN Group to manage about $190 billion worth of assets.
Biggest acquisition since Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon took office
Goldman Sachs anticipates that the partnership will establish it as the largest non-affiliated insurance asset manager worldwide with over $550 billion in assets under supervision.
“This acquisition allows us to accelerate our growth strategy and broaden our asset management platform,” said Goldman Sachs Chairman and chief executive officer David Solomon. “Across NN Investment Partners’ offerings they have been successful in integrating sustainability which mirrors our own level of ambition to put responsible investing and stewardship at the heart of our business. We look forward to partnering with the team at NN Investment Partners as we focus on delivering long-term value to our clients and our shareholders.”
The transaction is Goldman Sachs’ biggest acquisition since Solomon became the firm’s CEO in 2018.