Fidelius CEO steps down as Swedes’ stake authorised

Jim Grant, CEO of Tub-based Chartered Monetary Planner Fidelius, is stepping down after 12 years within the function because the FCA provides the go forward to Swedish wealth supervisor Sӧderberg & Companions to take a minority stake within the enterprise.

Mr Grant will turn out to be govt chairman of Fidelius and cross on the day-to-day operating of the enterprise to chief working officer Ian Fowler.

Sӧderberg says Mr Grant will proceed his involvement with Fidelius, overseeing management and governance at the agency and will likely be liable for communications with shareholders.

On the identical time, Fidelius chairman Mike Bennett and non-executive director Graham Miller are stepping down from the Fidelius board.


Mr Grant stated: “I’m delighted that the FCA has now authorised our utility and, with Sӧderberg’s help and experience, we are able to now put in place the thrilling plans we’ve got devised to ship our subsequent stage of development.

“I want to congratulate Ian Fowler on his development to the function of CEO. He has the ability, drive and willpower to steer Fidelius on the subsequent stage of our journey. Ian’s focus will likely be on making certain we’ve got a transparent imaginative and prescient and technique for development. I additionally thank Mark Bennett and Graham Miller for his or her sage recommendation and contribution to Fidelius over the previous few years.”

Gustaf Rentzhog, chief govt at Söderberg & Companions, stated: “Fidelius is a enterprise with important upside potential. With a robust model and an exceptionally skilled administration group, I’ve little doubt that this already profitable and growth-oriented enterprise will go from energy to energy.” 

The FCA has authorised the funding in Fidelius from Swedish wealth supervisor Söderberg & Companions. The stake was introduced in January however the measurement of the stake, acquired for an undisclosed sum, has not been disclosed.

Söderberg & Companions, one of many Nordic area’s greatest wealth managers, has expanded quickly within the UK in recent times. It says it has “bold development plans” for Fidelius and goals to double the scale of its enterprise inside the subsequent 5 years. It plans to this by way of IFA acquisition and a partnership mannequin for particular person advisers.

Fidelius Group has £1.75bn beneath recommendation and 158 workers primarily based at its workplaces in Tub, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Mansfield and London. Fidelius has been on the growth path in recent times and in 2020 it acquired two Monetary Planning companies from Pacific Asset Administration (PAM) in a swap deal. PAM’s Monetary Planning corporations Chartered Monetary Administration and Zen Wealth LLP grew to become a part of the Fidelius Group. 

In November 2022 Fidelius Group moved into new headquarters at a landmark workplace constructing at No 1, Tub Quays, Tub.

Lately Söderberg & Companions introduced it had bought stakes in London wealth supervisor Classic and Croydon-based PK Monetary. Final yr the Swedish monetary adviser took a majority stake in Timothy James & Companions and minority stakes in Cambridge-based Dartington Wealth Administration, Technology and Atherton York in North London.

The Swedish agency entered the UK adviser market in 2023 and goals to companion with as much as 1,000 monetary advisers within the UK inside 5 years. Söderberg & Companions was based in Sweden 2004 and has greater than 4,000 workers in 110 workplaces in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Spain, and greater than £60bn in property beneath administration and recommendation.

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