‘Momentous milestone’ as plans revealed for financial planning firm acquisition

Neil Moles, Progeny

Leeds-based multi-disciplinary professional services firm, Progeny, plans to acquire chartered financial planning firm, RU Group.

The deal, subject to FCA approval, will increase Progeny’s total assets under management (AUM) to over £3bn and allow the business to expand its presence in south Yorkshire and the east Midlands.

RU Group is a wealth management and retirement expert with a team of 48 employees based across three offices, in Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield.

Becoming part of the Progeny business will give RU Group’s clients access to an additional range of legal, financial and professional services.

The RU Group was established in its current form in 2003 but the origins of the business date back over 100 years.

Andy Dyke, chairman at RU Group, said: “This is a momentous milestone in the RU Group’s history, securing the future for our clients.

“We have built a well-established firm that is also well positioned for continued future growth, with Chartered status, a strong client-first ethos and a belief in the importance of embracing technology in the future of financial advice.

“What’s more, we are committed to creating long-term prosperity for our clients, placing them at the centre of our decision-making. For all these reasons, Progeny and RU Group are an obvious fit.”

Neil Moles, CEO of Progeny, said: “We’re very happy to welcome a firm with the prestige and heritage of RU Group into the Progeny fold.

“As a locally owned and managed company, RU Group are embedded in the communities in which they operate.

“They have demonstrated consistent entrepreneurial organic growth in AUM and profitability, supported by a highly qualified and well-developed team with excellent potential for the future.

“We look forward to welcoming RU Group’s clients to Progeny and offering them the chance to benefit from a vast range of additional professional services to meet all their legal and financial requirements.

“This is a highly significant acquisition, in size and status, and we’re excited about what we can achieve together.”

As a result of the deal, Ian Browne, head of advice at RU Group, will become chief of advisory services at Progeny.

Moles added: “Ian comes with a breadth of experience having managed large teams and worked in the industry for many years, both at Standard Life and most recently in his role at RU Group.

“The chief of advisory services position will be fundamental to the next stage of our growth and we are looking forward to welcoming the experience and energy that Ian will bring to the business.”

A team from Progeny’s corporate legal department acted as legal adviser to Progeny on the transaction. RU Group was supported by its legal adviser, Ed Foulkes of Clarke Wilmott, together with Roderic Rennison and John Chapman of Catalyst Partners Ltd.

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