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Wealth manager Tilney confirms it is in merger talks with rival Smith & Williamson

In 2017 Smith & Williamson – also a top ten UK accountancy firm - held unsuccessful merger talks with listed wealth manager Rathbone Brothers

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At that time, Tilney had then launched an alternative bid

Wealth manager Tilney has said it is in talks regarding a merger with rival Smith & Williamson which will create a firm with assets under management in excess of £45bn.

In a statement, Tilney said: “Following recent media speculation, the Board of Tilney confirms that it is in exclusive discussions with Smith & Williamson about a potential combination of our businesses.”

The firm added: “These discussions are ongoing and there can be no certainty that a transaction will proceed. A further announcement will be made as and when appropriate.”

READ: Smith & Williamson resumes plan to float after merger talks with Rathbone Brothers collapse

In 2017 Smith & Williamson held unsuccessful merger talks with listed wealth manager Rathbone Brothers PLC (LON:RAT).

Tilney had then launched an alternative bid, but Smith & Williamson instead chose to pursue a deal with Rathbones that ultimately collapsed.

Following the failed tie-up talks with Rathbones, Smith & Williamson – which is also a top ten UK accountancy firm - publicly committed itself to a stock market listing by 2020.

Tilney, which has a large financial planning arm, was acquired by private equity firm Permira from Deutsche Bank in 2014.

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