Rathbones takes stake in financial advisor

Investment firm Rathbone Brothers has acquired just under one-fifth of both Vision Independent Financial Planning and its sister company, Castle Investment Solutions.

Investment firm Rathbone Brothers has acquired just under one-fifth of both Vision Independent Financial Planning and its sister company, Castle Investment Solutions.

Rathbone Brothers has paid £2m in cash for a 19.9% stake in the pair. The stakes have been purchased from the founders of Vision and Castle, namely Roger Edwards and Paul Sweaton, and their spouses.

Rathbone Brothers has the option to take total ownership of the two businesses in 2015 for a mixture of cash and Rathbone shares, with a further potential deferred element payable at the start of 2018. If Rathbone chooses not to exercise this option, the founders of the acquired businesses have the right to buy back the stakes they sold to Rathbones for £2m.

Vision is an independent specialist financial advice network focusing on high net worth private clients. Rathbone Investment Management already has an existing discretionary fund management panel relationship with Vision.

As for Castle, it operates as a sister company to Vision, providing it with certain administrative services.

JH

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