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Litman Gregory, a nationally recognized US wealth and asset management firm, joins the iM Global Partner’s network

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Paris, Walnut Creek (CA), March 9, 2021, iM Global Partner today announced that it has  entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Litman Gregory, a nationally recognized  wealth and asset management boutique managing $4 billion in assets under management  and overseeing $2.2 billion of assets under advisory*. 

Litman Gregory, founded by Ken Gregory and Craig Litman in 1987 and based in the San  Francisco Bay Area, is a privately-owned company, and a pioneer in providing independent  asset management services to investors. For over three decades, Litman Gregory has focused  on providing in-depth investment research and personalized wealth management to  individuals and multigenerational families to help them achieve their financial goals. The  company also supports nonprofit organizations by serving as their fiduciary partner and  outsourced chief investment officer. Since 1996, Litman Gregory has developed a broad  range of US mutual funds. 

In just a few years iM Global Partner has become a premier global asset management  network. The addition in the U.S., once completed, is expected to bring  assets under management of the group to over $24 billion (from $20 billion as at end of  December 2020) and will enhance distribution capabilities in the U.S. It further demonstrates  iM Global Partner’s commitment to continued cross-border growth in serving the needs of  sophisticated investors. 

Combining Litman Gregory’s capabilities with iM Global Partner creates a uniquely powerful  set of high-quality investment solutions to serve both institutional and private clients in the  U.S. and internationally. Building upon common values and strengths, which are focused on  commitment to investment excellence, innovation and client service, the group will be able  to further enhance service to clients for years to come. 

iM Global Partner plans to operate Litman Gregory Wealth Management as a separate  business unit to preserve the strong recognition, independence and expertise that it has built  over many decades with its cross-generational clients.  

Steve Savage, CEO of Litman Gregory, said: “We are excited to become a part of iM Global  Partner as it improves our ability to deliver on our mission to excel for our clients. iM Global  Partner brings complementary global research resources and strong alignment on total client  focus. The combination of our organizations is a natural fit because of our shared research  DNA, commitment to independent thinking, integrity and total client focus.” 

Philippe Couvrecelle, CEO and founder of iM Global Partner, declares: “Litman Gregory  becoming a part of our group is a major step forward as we continue our U.S. expansion.  This strategic operation allows us to add Wealth Management as a new key activity for iM  Global Partner. Our clients will benefit from the synergies that result when like-minded  organizations leverage their talents and resources to enhance the client experience.”

Jeffrey Seeley, Deputy CEO at iM Global Partner US adds: “We are thrilled to work with our  Litman Gregory colleagues moving forward and see tremendous opportunities for the  continued development of long-term investment solutions to serve various clients in the U.S.  and internationally.” 

This operation is subject to the approval of the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)  and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021. 

*The companies that manage assets include Litman Gregory Asset Management, LLC and Litman Gregory Fund Advisors, LLC. Data are as at end December 2020.

Berkshire Global Advisors and Seward & Kissel served respectively as financial and legal advisors to iM Global Partner.

Asset & Wealth Management Investment Banking Group of Raymond James and WilmerHale served respectively as financial and legal advisors to Litman Gregory.

About iM Global Partner

iM Global Partner is a worldwide asset management network dedicated to asset management. It selects and builds long-term partnerships with talented and independent asset management companies through direct capital ownership.

iM Global Partner is present in 11 locations across Europe and the United States and provides its clients with access to the best management strategies of its Partners. iM Global Partner’s wide range of investment solutions thus includes the OYSTER range, a Luxembourg SICAV, but also Mutual Funds and ETFs dedicated to US investors.

iM Global Partner represents over 19 billion USD of assets under management as at December 2020.

About Litman Gregory

Founded in 1987, Litman Gregory is a nationally recognized wealth management firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Litman Gregory Asset Management provides high-touch wealth and asset management services to individuals, multigenerational families, and nonprofits. Litman Gregory advises the PartnerSelect Funds, provides investment strategy implementation to third-party platforms through Litman Gregory Portfolio Strategies, and offers portfolio guidance and investment research to professional investment advisors through Litman Gregory AdvisorIntelligence. The firm oversees $6.2* billion in investment assets.

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