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02 September 2017 Old Mutual Wealth launches a dedicated multi-asset investment business and refines its business model in preparation for managed separation

Old Mutual Wealth continues to refine its business model as it prepares for its managed separation from Old Mutual plc in 2018. Old Mutual Wealth seeks to be capital efficient and continuously enhance the prospects for delivering attractive long term economic returns for shareholders.

Given the strengths of both of the investment teams, Old Mutual Wealth believes that there is an opportunity for both multi-asset and single strategy to develop as separate distinct businesses.

Old Mutual Wealth has one of the fastest growing multi-asset capabilities in the UK with £16bn of assets under management as at 30th June 2017. In the first half of 2017, multi-asset reported net inflows were £1.6bn. Multi-asset is a core part of the Old Mutual Wealth strategy, delivering peer leading investment solutions to a wide number of UK and international retail clients through our significant distribution footprint.

The multi-asset capability comprises portfolio management of multi-asset funds and managed portfolio services as well as fund research. Old Mutual Wealth's multi-asset investment team is one of the largest and most experienced in the UK, with a great depth and breadth of talent across the team.

Old Mutual Wealth announces that this business will be led by Paul Simpson who has been appointed as CEO and a member of the Old Mutual Wealth Executive Committee (subject to regulatory approval).

Both the Old Mutual Global Investors' single strategy and multi-asset investment teams have built strong franchises in their own right since OMGI was created in 2012.

Old Mutual Global Investors will focus on its highly successful single strategy portfolio range and will continue to grow this attractive franchise under the leadership of Richard Buxton as CEO. Old Mutual Wealth is assessing, together with OMGI management, internal and external structures for the single strategy business to continue to develop it further.

Paul Feeney, CEO of Old Mutual Wealth, comments:

'We continue to refine the long term strategy of our business and our preparations for listing in 2018 are well on track. Investment management remains at the core of the business and multi-asset management and discretionary fund management are cornerstone capabilities. They are critical components to ensure we continue to deliver good customer outcomes, as well as supporting the ongoing retention of assets. The creation of a dedicated multi-asset business, led by Paul Simpson, is a further step to enhance Old Mutual Wealth's future prospects.'

There will be no change to any of the investment management teams or product ranges.