Fidelius CEO steps down as Swedes’ stake permitted

Jim Grant, CEO of Tub-based Chartered Monetary Planner Fidelius, is stepping down after 12 years within the function because the FCA provides the go forward to Swedish wealth supervisor Sӧderberg & Companions to take a minority stake within the enterprise.

Mr Grant will turn into govt chairman of Fidelius and cross on the day-to-day operating of the enterprise to chief working officer Ian Fowler.

Sӧderberg says Mr Grant will proceed his involvement with Fidelius, overseeing management and governance at the agency and can be liable for communications with shareholders.

On the identical time, Fidelius chairman Mike Bennett and non-executive director Graham Miller are stepping down from the Fidelius board.


Mr Grant stated: “I’m delighted that the FCA has now permitted our software and, with Sӧderberg’s help and experience, we are able to now put in place the thrilling plans we have now devised to ship our subsequent stage of development.

“I want to congratulate Ian Fowler on his development to the function of CEO. He has the ability, drive and willpower to guide Fidelius on the subsequent stage of our journey. Ian’s focus can be on guaranteeing we have now a transparent imaginative and prescient and technique for development. I additionally thank Mark Bennett and Graham Miller for his or her sage recommendation and contribution to Fidelius over the previous few years.”

Gustaf Rentzhog, chief govt at Söderberg & Companions, stated: “Fidelius is a enterprise with important upside potential. With a robust model and an exceptionally skilled administration crew, I’ve little question that this already profitable and growth-oriented enterprise will go from energy to energy.” 

The FCA has permitted the funding in Fidelius from Swedish wealth supervisor Söderberg & Companions. The stake was introduced in January however the dimension of the stake, acquired for an undisclosed sum, has not been disclosed.

Söderberg & Companions, one of many Nordic area’s largest wealth managers, has expanded quickly within the UK lately. It says it has “formidable development plans” for Fidelius and goals to double the scale of its enterprise throughout the subsequent 5 years. It plans to this by IFA acquisition and a partnership mannequin for particular person advisers.

Fidelius Group has £1.75bn below recommendation and 158 workers primarily based at its workplaces in Tub, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Mansfield and London. Fidelius has been on the enlargement path lately and in 2020 it acquired two Monetary Planning companies from Pacific Asset Administration (PAM) in a swap deal. PAM’s Monetary Planning corporations Chartered Monetary Administration and Zen Wealth LLP turned a part of the Fidelius Group. 

In November 2022 Fidelius Group moved into new headquarters at a landmark workplace constructing at No 1, Tub Quays, Tub.

Lately Söderberg & Companions introduced it had bought stakes in London wealth supervisor Classic and Croydon-based PK Monetary. Final 12 months the Swedish monetary adviser took a majority stake in Timothy James & Companions and minority stakes in Cambridge-based Dartington Wealth Administration, Era and Atherton York in North London.

The Swedish agency entered the UK adviser market in 2023 and goals to accomplice with as much as 1,000 monetary advisers within the UK inside 5 years. Söderberg & Companions was based in Sweden 2004 and has greater than 4,000 workers in 110 workplaces in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Spain, and greater than £60bn in property below administration and recommendation.


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