By Wim Ritz
The acquisition strengthens and compliments ZEDRA’s existing fund and related corporate service offering in Luxembourg and is in line with the firm being recognised as a leading fund formation and administration provider globally. BFCS, which has been active for more than 50 years, offers a comprehensive suite of services and solutions in both the corporate and funds’ sector, ranging from services such as central administration for alternative investment funds, to legal secretarial, domiciliation, management, accounting, investor reporting and ESG services. BFCS’ clients currently include high-net-worth individuals, asset managers, investment and real-estate fund professionals making this latest deal an ideal fit for ZEDRA.
The acquisition will boost ZEDRA’s presence in Luxembourg, known as the largest investment fund centre in the EU, from where investment managers can market their funds seamlessly throughout Europe.
The deal reinforces ZEDRA’s commitment to driving company growth by developing and investing in its fund administration services with the Group having already established teams for regulated funds in Jersey, Guernsey, the Cayman Islands and Singapore. Also, in other jurisdictions ZEDRA caters for non-regulated funds. In October last year, ZEDRA appointed Wim Ritz to the newly created role of Global Head of Funds, based in Luxembourg, to signal the next stage of its strategic ambition to develop a robust international fund administration business.
Upon regulatory approval of the deal, the BFCS business will be fully integrated within ZEDRA and staff will move to ZEDRA’s existing Luxembourg offices.
Ivo Hemelraad, ZEDRA Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are delighted to welcome both staff and clients of the BFCS business. We have a great relationship with BIL. As ZEDRA continues to expand its network and service capabilities, we are very much looking forward to meeting and working closely with BFCS’ existing clients, fulfilling their aspirations and unlocking opportunities as they grow and develop.”
Wim Ritz, Global Head of Funds at ZEDRA, said: “We are very pleased to add a successful and experienced team with strong sector expertise which will further solidify the foundations of our existing funds team. This is a significant milestone for ZEDRA as it will bring additional scale and expertise to our already fast-growing Luxembourg office. It underpins our view that Luxembourg is the hub and centre for excellence in the EU for fund management.”
Hans-Peter Borgh, Chairman of the Board of BFCS and Group Head International BIL Group, commented: “We see the transfer of this business activity being beneficial for our employees and clients, who join a Group’s established global network. The proud heritage, core values and long-term vision of ZEDRA made them our preferred partner. The partnership with ZEDRA will allow us to extend our service for our clients here in Luxembourg but also in other regions. We are bringing together the expertise of BFCS and ZEDRA’s best-in-class processes and experience in the sector– with a strong objective of long-term growth.”