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Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management merger will create a world-class investment company

Keith Skeoch, chief executive of Standard Life CEO (right) and Martin Gilbert, of Aberdeen Asset Management
Keith Skeoch, chief executive of Standard Life CEO (right) and Martin Gilbert, of Aberdeen Asset Management Credit: Graham Flack/Standard Life

Two weeks ago, we announced our proposed merger with Standard Life – a deal that will create Britain’s largest active investment management group with £660bn in assets. Since then, we have been hard at work, telling our clients, people and shareholders what it will mean for them.

Aberdeen and Standard Life are already two of Britain’s most dynamic investment groups. We have both grown significantly over the last decade. This has happened in response to what our clients have wanted from us.

We have diversified our businesses, developing and strengthening a broad set of investment capabilities to match the differing and changing needs of our clients. Our success has really been down to an ability to stay on top of these changes.

But client needs will continue to change and successful asset managers will have to keep at least one step ahead. No company can ever rest on its laurels and the combination...

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