Jersey: TMF Group Acquires The Remaining 49% Of Custom House Global Fund Services
Last Updated: 24 February 2014

Global footprint, fund services, and market segments to expand under new ownership

Custom House Global Fund Services (the "Company"), a leading provider of financial services to the alternative investment sector, today announces that TMF Group has acquired an outstanding 49% of the Company to become the sole owner. This transaction is subject to regulatory clearance but completion is expected by June 2014.

TMF Group Fund Administration Services has built a solid reputation through its offices in Rotterdam, Sydney, Geneva, Sofia and Malta. This acquisition allows TMF Group to further expand its business into the growing alternative investment sector (including Private Equity and Real Estate Investment Services) and offer the industry the choice of a non-conflicted, independent and global partner for fund administration services and solutions across the middle and back office.

TMF Group CEO Hugo van Vredenburch commented: "This is a unique and strategic proposition in today's hedge fund administration landscape. As a global, independent and wholly-owned financial services firm we will continue to harness the innovative spirit of Custom House that was created by Dermot Butler in 1989. We are excited to take the entrepreneurial, dynamic, and client-focused attitude of Custom House and combine that with the backing of TMF Group. Our extensive corporate and financial institutional network in combination with Custom House's leading-edge fund administration services will enable both companies to expand significantly in new and existing market segments." 

Custom House Global Fund Services CEO Mark Hedderman added: "This deal recognises the work of Custom House and allows us to continue to operate and deliver the same level and standard of services as always, but with the backing of a global institutional owner.  TMF Group clients will benefit from the addition of alternative fund services to its suite of capabilities, whilst we will be able to act seamlessly across borders for our clients to support new fund launches and global initiatives. With TMF Group's institutional infrastructure and reach, we can create a true global leader in alternative financial investment services, particularly in the US. Custom House will operate as a member of the TMF Group of companies, retaining the Custom House name."

Dermot Butler, the founder of the company, will become President of TMF Custom House Global Fund Services, stepping down from his role as Chairman. Mark Hedderman will remain as CEO along with the key team of executives that have been dedicated to building out Custom House over the past 10 years.

TMF Custom House Global Fund Services President Dermot Butler said: "As the alternative fund administration sector continues to evolve, the team at Custom House has worked deliberately over the past 25 years to expand both its administration offerings and middle office solutions, culminating in the launch of the Gateway platform in the US last year. Our choice of partnership with TMF Group also reflects our anticipation of market demand and the benefits to fund managers of the choice of an independent, global fund administration solutions provider with no conflicts of interest.   I am very proud of how Mark and his team have developed the administration offering up to today and am excited to see how the company will continue to evolve as part of the TMF Group."

TMF Group's newly combined Fund Administration Services, including TMF Custom House, will now operate from 14 global locations with nearly $40 billion of assets under administration.

TMF Group's Marketing team was named the best of the year at the Chartered Institute of Marketing Excellence Awards last night in London.

One of marketing's most prestigious prizes, the CIM's Team of the Year usually goes to high-budget, high-recognition brands; last year it was won by M&C Saatchi on behalf of the Olympic Delivery Authority and Transport for London.

Teamwork is key for this award, and judges were looking for excellent team work, dedication and coordination for the benefit of the business.

TMF Group was recognised for its "Operation: Marketing Turnaround". A recent product of a merger and acquisition culture, TMF Group's marketing team needed some attention. Operation Marketing Turnaround was a brave campaign to restructure the team. Outstanding leadership and tremendous team engagement generated great performances. The announcer on the night also highlighted the strategic vision and execution of the team.

"I am immensely proud," says Richard Fitzmaurice, who joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer in summer 2012 tasked with turning things around. "For our small team to be not only be mentioned along with firms such as RBS, Natwest, O2 and Saatchi but to be deemed the best is incredibly moving. This is very much seen as the pinnacle award to win in the industry and to do so - and this soon - is just a fantastic achievement for the whole team and all who have supported us.

"It might seem like a simple project – a case of doing bread and butter work for a marketing team – but within this particular company it was a revolution. I'm so proud of this team and the impact we've had in a short space of time; imagine what we will achieve in the future."

The full list of winners from the night can be found here.

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