The DMS Group, MDO And Montlake Create Leading Global Governance Firm

      The DMS Group (“DMS”), together with MDO and Montlake are pleased to announce an agreement1 to create a leading, global governance and

      The DMS Group (“DMS”), together with MDO and Montlake are pleased to announce an agreement1 to create a leading, global governance and third-party management company. The resulting company will offer an extensive portfolio of services and operate from eight global locations, including four European offices, with over 260 employees, as it extends further into key markets.

      Derek Delaney, DMS Global CEO commented, “As our industry continues to evolve rapidly, we identified a demand from clients for a robust and comprehensive service provider and, following this deal, our clients will now be able to take full advantage of an expanded suite of services. This is an opportunity to combine the expertise and depth of experience of DMS, MDO and Montlake to create a third-party management company offering that is unparalleled in terms of talent and the extent of services provided.”

      Martin Vogel, CEO of MDO commented, “The combined companies will deliver substantial benefits for clients and employees, bringing together three highly successful and complementary organisations with proven track records and a shared, strategic commitment to achieve growth.”

      Cyril Delamare, CEO of Montlake added, “Partnering with DMS and MDO is a significant milestone for Montlake and further strengthens our product offering, together with increasing our global physical presence in new jurisdictions including Luxembourg, the U.S. and the Cayman Islands. We will continue to provide our high-quality client service in addition to our successful investment solutions, bringing quality fund products to pan European investors.”

      The transaction between DMS, MDO and Montlake creates a leading and unique service provider across multiple asset classes and jurisdictions. Clients from all three companies will benefit from a leading and global third-party management company, offering a wider range of services, with dedicated and highly-qualified staff working from well-established operations in Luxembourg, Ireland, the UK, North America, the Cayman Islands and Asia.

      About DMS

      DMS Governance is the worldwide leader in governance + risk + compliance, representing leading investment funds and managers. DMS is supported by an experienced team of industry professionals in eight locations across the globe. Since 2000, DMS has delivered high-quality, professional services to a diverse range of investment fund structures and strategies and is proud to be the leading, independent provider of AIFM, UCITS Management Company and MiFID services to many of the largest institutional investors and asset managers globally. Through its in-depth knowledge across every aspect of the governance landscape, DMS has been the driving force in the shaping of today’s industry.

      About MDO

      MDO is a leading UCITS management company and Alternative Investment Fund Manager in Luxembourg with a long and recognised track record providing high-quality, solution-driven services to both UCITS and AIFs including full UCITS management company and AIFM services, risk management, compliance monitoring, fund governance, substance solutions and supervision of delegates. MDO also offers introductions to experienced independent directors who can act as independent Board Directors and Conducting Officers of a diverse range of Luxembourg domiciled investment and management companies, including UCITS, non-UCITS and alternative investment funds. MDO has been operational in Luxembourg for 17 years.

      About Montlake

      Founded in 2009, Montlake is headquartered in Dublin with offices located across Europe. Combining world-class infrastructure solutions with the world’s leading investment managers, Montlake oversees over $8 billion of assets, across a suite of products. Montlake Management Limited is an Irish Super Management Company authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland both as a UCITS Management Company and Alternative Investment Fund Manager and has passported its services into Luxembourg, Germany, France and Malta. Montlake Management Limited supports the launch of funds either as a standalone structure or as a sub-fund on one of the multi-award winning Montlake platforms and is today managing UCITS, Alternative UCITS, Hedge Funds, Real Estate, Infrastructure and Private Equity.

      1Montlake transaction subject to regulatory approval.

      We understand that as a client, you may have some questions, please see our FAQ’s here.

      Will there be any change to DMS client services?
      No. Client services will continue uninterrupted as they do now, and clients will benefit from the enhanced and increased service offering of both firms. The joining of firms allows for one complete platform across Europe.

      Will the same staff continue to provide services?
      Yes. There will be no change to your day-to-day contacts, and you will continue to be serviced by the same DMS team as before.

      What are the ownership stakes being acquired?
      The financial terms are not being disclosed however, management control of the firm will remain consistent with the addition of several key/qualified persons from MDO/Montlake.

      Will there be any change to how client data is managed and held?
      No. Data will be managed and held in the same manner by DMS. Cybersecurity and confidentiality remain a top priority.

      How will DMS’ clients benefit from this investment?
      The investment will allow DMS to grow both in terms of range of services and by increasing their global reach as they expand into new European markets.

      Will there be any changes to DMS leadership or team?
      DMS leadership and the management team will remain the same with further management additions from MDO/Montlake and promotions from within the existing team.

      For any enquiries relating to the above please contact your usual DMS representative or Alison Mitsas or Amber Ramsey below:-

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