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March 21, 2018

Fund Manager Chat: Martin Gilbert, CEO – Standard Life Aberdeen PLC

by Jake Moeller.

Following the ground-breaking merger of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life Investments in August 2017, co-CEO of the new entity, Standard Life Aberdeen, Martin Gilbert, gives an update on how the merger has bedded down since then.

In this podcast, he discusses how the firm is addressing some of the challenges posed by recent net fund flows and asset retention. He outlines the new partnership with Virgin Money, the relationship with Lloyds Bank and the sort of potential acquisitions the firm might assess in the future.

Martin also discusses the challenges posed to the funds industry and what active managers need to do to successfully adapt in a competitive environment. He examines the changing nature of product development, distribution and considers the importance of the evolving regulatory landscape.

Running order

  Run Time Topic
00:20 Seven months post merger, how are things bedding down?
01:30 On fund flows and asset retention.
03:30 On Virgin Money partnership and gross flows.
04:05 On Lloyds Bank mandates.
05:30 On  futher capital acquisitions.
06:40 On further cost cutting.
07:30 On consolidating an active fund manager niche.
10:20 On the importance of ESG.
11:08 On finding the balance between the retail and institutional split.
12:08 On regulatory changes.
13:11 On ongoing challenges to the industry.


Martin is chatting with Jake Moeller, Head of Lipper UK and Ireland Research at Refinitiv in London on March 21, 2018.

About Martin Gilbert

Martin Gilbert, Standard Life Aberdeen.

Martin Gilbert is Co-Chief Executive of Standard Life Aberdeen plc.   Standard Life Aberdeen plc, the leading global investment company, was formed as a result of the merger between Aberdeen Asset Management PLC and Standard Life plc in August 2017, led by Martin and co-chief executive Keith Skeoch.

Both have responsibility for overseeing £650 billion of assets under management and administration.

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