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BGI deal flags institutional bank, fund arm split

Forbes – Consolidation in the asset management industry is set to intensify as encroaching regulation and client demands for independence force banks to hive off fund arms, Barclays said on Friday.

Major investment banks were finding it ever harder to keep hold of their fund divisions, Barclays President Bob Diamond told a conference call after agreeing to sell Barclays Global Investors to BlackRock for $13.5 billion.

‘The investment management industry is in early days of consolidation… We’ve made a clear decision that this trend is in place for a while and that is around independence,’ he said.

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