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January 13, 2022

REYL & Cie finalise deal for 40% in 1875 Finance

By Patrick Brusnahan

REYL & Cie’s acquisition of a 40% stake in 1875 Finance has been approved and finalised.

The deal was approved by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and the Luxembourg Financial Sector Supervisory Commission (CSSF).

This strategic partnership will enable both firms to increase their combined market share in Switzerland.

Furthermore, the deal will create transversal revenue and development opportunities for both REYL & Cie and 1875 Finance. In particular, both companies want to play an active role in accelerating the consolidation process of the Swiss independent wealth management sector. This means more growth prospects in the short and medium term.

1875 Finance clients will gain from REYL & Cie’s corporate finance team and its expertise in M&A, structured financing, and equity and debt capital market transactions, as well as art financing.

Co-founders Olivier Bizon, Paul Kohler, Aksel Azrac and Jacques-Antoine Ormond jointly retain control of 60% of 1875 Finance and remain fully committed to its long-term development.

François Reyl, chief executive of the REYL Group, stated: “We are very pleased to finalise this strategic partnership with 1875 Finance, a leading player which shares the same entrepreneurial spirit and values, with a first-class team. This transaction shows that banks and independent managers can join forces in innovative partnerships without giving up their business model or management autonomy. We expect to build a lasting business relationship and create powerful synergies between the two entities.”

Paul Kohler, chief executive and founding partner of 1875 Finance, together with Olivier Bizon (chairman), Aksel Azrac and Jacques-Antoine Ormond, added: “We are delighted to welcome REYL as a new shareholder, as part of an agreement that opens the door to both organic development and acquisitions in Switzerland and abroad. Thanks to this unique partnership, we maintain the open architecture and entrepreneurial business model which is so valued by our clients.”

The deal was announced as far back as August 2021.

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