NW Brown & Company to merge into Brown Shipley to add lending expertise to wealth management offering

NW Brown, the Cambridge and Norwich-based provider of wealth management and employee benefits services, today announces it has agreed to merge its operations into Brown Shipley, experts in wealth planning, investment management and lending.

Oliver Philips

Founded in Cambridge in 1974, NW Brown is a successful wealth manager working predominantly with private clients to offer financial planning and investment management services. The business also provides a range of services to corporates, including employee pensions and other employee benefits. NW Brown has £1bn of discretionary funds under management and has 74 employees.

This development is part of Brown Shipley’s growth strategy to add further scale and unlock additional regional opportunities. The addition of NW Brown will increase Brown Shipley’s total AUM to almost £9bn.

The merger is expected to complete by the end of Q3 2019 subject to regulatory approval. Following completion, NW Brown will be fully integrated into Brown Shipley in 2020, serving as the East Anglia hub for the business and adding to the six existing Brown Shipley offices.

Commenting on the merger, Oliver Phillips, CEO of NW Brown, who will continue to lead the business, said: “This is a hugely positive development for everyone associated with NW Brown, most importantly our clients and our people. By joining Brown Shipley, our clients will benefit from access to a broader range of services, in particular the ability to borrow against the portfolios that we manage for them. We are delighted to join a company with a set of values and a vision of wealth management that so closely mirrors our own. We look forward to working together as part of a company with such a rich history as we look to expand our business over the coming years.”

Alan Mathewson, CEO of Brown Shipley, added: “This is an exciting and significant step in the ongoing drive to increase our scale across the UK. There are numerous synergies between Brown Shipley and NW Brown across our wealth management client propositions and employee culture, making the business an ideal fit for us.

“Cambridge, Norwich and the surrounding area is a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurialism and this development provides significant opportunities for us to grow across the region.

We are delighted to welcome the NW Brown team to Brown Shipley and look forward to putting in place the exciting growth plans we have for the business.”

Financial terms of the proposed merger have not been disclosed.

Pictured above: Oliver Phillips, CEO of NW Brown. 

For more information, please contact: 

Oliver Phillips, Chief Executive
Tel: 01223 720317
Email: oliver.phillips@nwbrown.co.uk

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