23 March 2016 Current Affairs: Edelweiss Asset Management announced on March 22,2016, it had agreed to acquire the onshore fund schemes managed by JPMorgan Asset Management India (JPMAM), including its India-based onshore mutual fund business and the international fund of funds. The buyout is subject to regulatory approvals.JPMorgan is the seventh global financial services firm to exit the Indian mutual fund (MF) sector in the past three years. Last year, Goldman Sachs sold its MF business to Reliance Capital for Rs 243 crore in a deal valued at 3.4 per cent of the former's Indian assets under management (AUM). Deutsche MF sold its business to DHFL Pramerica reportedly for Rs 400 crore.The AUM of JPMAM is Rs 7,081 crore, while that of combined entities amounts to Rs 8,757 crore as on December 31. Edelweiss Asset Management, which has long been among the bottom 10 fund houses in terms of assets managed, now stands to enter the top 20 club.Edelweiss is committed to absorbing a majority of employees of JPMAM," the brokerage said. "Except for three to four senior staff, we are absorbing pretty much everyone, including the entire investment and sales teams," said Jain.According to experts, Edelweiss will get about Rs 1,500-2,000 crore of equity assets of JPMorgan, which is a good thing. "It can leverage the foreign bank network of JPMorgan," said Manoj Nagpal, CEO, Outlook Asia Capital.JPMAM had been scouting for buyers for many months. However, the plan had taken a backseat after the crisis caused by the Amtek Auto default. The fund house had an exposure of nearly Rs 200 crore to Amtek Auto debt paper through two of its debt schemes.Earlier this month, Tata Mutual Fund was reportedly in the race for buying the fund's assets at one per cent of JPMAM's AUM. In March last year, Reliance Capital Asset Management and at least two other large and two mid-sized asset management companies were reportedly keen on buying JPMAM's assets.that JPMAM has built, this acquisition is a natural win for both Edelweiss and JPMorgan. There will be planned investments in the business in terms of products, technology, distribution, and a clear strategy to compound growth.
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