Schroders says it’s talking to Lloyds about working closely in wealth sector

(Reuters) – Asset manager Schroders Plc (SDR.L) said on Sunday it is in discussions with Britain’s Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L) to work closely in the wealth sector.

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past the entrance to the head office of Lloyds Banking Group in the City of London December 11, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/File Photo

A Schroders spokesperson disclosed the move after Sky news reported that Lloyds is to merge its 13 billion pounds ($17.06 billion) wealth management arm into a new joint venture with Schroders.

“Schroders confirms that it is in discussions with Lloyds Banking Group plc with a view to working closely together in parts of the wealth sector,” the spokesperson said in an email to Reuters.

“Discussions are ongoing and there can be no certainty that these discussions will lead to any formal arrangement being entered into. A further announcement will be made when appropriate.”

Sky News reported that the deal would see Lloyds owning 50.1 percent‎ of the new joint venture with Schroders owning the rest, Sky said, citing sources

Sky News said the new joint venture will be part of a three-pronged tie-up between the companies, with Schroders taking on a 109 billion pounds investment management contract from Lloyds-owned Scottish Widows.

The third leg of the Lloyds-Schroders deal involves wealth manager Cazenove Capital, Sky reported.

Lloyds Banking Group did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Reporting by Gaurika Juneja, Editing by William Maclean

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