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FE fundinfo acquires German fintech Dericon

FE fundinfo, a leading financial data company connecting the asset management industry to distribution networks in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific, today continues its European expansion with the acquisition of Frankfurt-headquartered Dericon, a pioneering fintech in Germany’s wealth management industry. The partnership, still subject to regulatory approval*, will enable FE fundinfo’s clients to have direct access to one of the largest distribution channels for asset managers in Germany, whilst significantly growing its capabilities in the region.

Dericon has developed a comprehensive distribution network for financial products that is used by over 150 leading banks and global investment houses in their advisory processes. Through an innovative web-based solution, Dericon WMS, the business supports the compliant structuring of financial products, allowing clients to be better served with data while meeting the growing regulatory obligations in Germany and the EU.

The strategic investment also connects FE fundinfo’s asset management clients to Germany’s largest distribution channel via the Sparkassen Group, a network of public banks with 50 million customers. This further positions FE fundinfo as a strategic partner to fund managers seeking to connect investment product information and financial products to the largest distribution channels in Europe and the UK.

Dericon's customers and partners will benefit from a stable, long-term shareholder base to fully support the further development and expansion of Dericon's strategy: to build the best-in-class independent platform in the B2B securities industry, founded on delivering transparent and efficient solutions for its clients – ultimately unlocking business potential for asset managers, structured product issuers, distributors and financial advisers.

FE fundinfo has a long-term presence in the region and is committed to growing its German network with further planned strategic investments and product innovation to support its domestic and international clients to grow in the DACH region.

This acquisition marks the continuation of FE fundinfo’s mission to connect investment product information and asset managers with distribution networks, for investors. Its offering supports the entire fund management product lifecycle and gives asset managers, issuers of structured products and distribution networks access to the most accurate and timely information – enabling growth and helping reduce costs as well as managing risks for the investment management community.

Liam Healy, Chief Executive Officer at FE fundinfo, said:

 “FE fundinfo is on a mission to further its position as a long-term strategic partner to the investment management community. The team at Dericon has built a solid business, and through our partnership we further bolster our commitment and capabilities in Germany by more clearly connecting investment product information to distributors such as banks and savings banks for our mutual and future clients. For Germany’s 50 million individual investors, this will provide the best access to the broadest range of investment opportunities through Dericon’s transparent and competitively differentiated solution powered by FE fundinfo.”

Andreas Krause, Founder and Managing Director at Dericon, said:

“Dericon has built a reputation as a strong, innovative and reliable digitalisation partner for our clients and partners, and through serving them we’ve built a deep understanding of the German distribution market. With FE fundinfo, we’re excited to grow our reach and bring our data and technical capabilities to the wider international financial industry. We plan to further build our innovative WMS platform into a fully-featured German distribution hub that speeds access to market data and regulatory solutions, providing unrivalled value for clients.”

*Please note that completion of the acquisition of Dericon is subject to final regulatory approval being obtained from BaFin, Germany's Federal Financial Supervisory Authority.

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