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Quilter acquires Charles Derby

21 February 2019

Quilter is today announcing the acquisition of financial planning business, Charles Derby.

The acquisition will see over 200 (as of 31 December, 2018) restricted financial planners transition to Quilter’s national advice business during 2019.

The acquisition represents the next stage of Quilter’s ambition to broaden out its national advice business. It complements the development of Quilter Private Client Advisers (QPCA), which serves upper affluent and high net worth clients.

As a long-standing member of Quilter’s advice network, Charles Derby already operates within Quilter’s advice framework, which will ensure minimal disruption for its clients and advisers.

Quilter believes in the value of trusted face-to-face financial advice. Today’s announcement sees the business continue to develop its controlled distribution capabilities, which co-exist alongside the firm’s support for independent and restricted financial advisers.

Darren Sharkey has been confirmed as managing director of the national advice business, responsible for QPCA and Charles Derby. Darren was named interim managing director of QPCA in October last year.

Andy Thompson, CEO of Quilter’s advice businesses, comments:

“The need for financial planning has never been greater. However, despite the increasing consumer demand, there is a steadily dwindling supply of financial advisers.

“Quilter is committed to closing that advice gap by supporting the growth and development of the advice market. We see a demand for controlled, scalable advice from a Quilter brand and following the success of Quilter Private Client Advisers we are extending that model so we can serve a wider customer base.

“Charles Derby offers us a great opportunity to further grow our successful national advice business. It has been part of the Intrinsic network since launch, making it an excellent cultural fit and a strong basis for our developing national advice business. I look forward to continue working with Charles Derby’s staff and advisers.”

Chris Fautley, Chairman and CEO of Charles Derby, comments:

“Within Charles Derby we are proud of the growth in customer and adviser numbers we have achieved over the last three years and the acquisition by Quilter offers an exciting opportunity for us to accelerate this growth further. This acquisition allows us to continue to deliver high quality consistent advice from a trusted brand while also enabling us to build and expand our current services.

“The strength and scale that Quilter brings adds further benefits to our clients as we deliver face-to-face advice to our ever growing customer base. Having been closely associated with Quilter, we are delighted to now be joining them and look forward to working together as part of a broader management team.”


For more information contact

Kathleen Gallagher
023 8072 6293
07990 004932


Notes to editors:

As members of Intrinsic’s restricted network Charles Derby advisers are already counted as restricted financial planners within our reported accounts and their productivity is already reflected in the overall numbers we disclose.

Notes to Editors:

Quilter plc is a leading wealth management business in the UK and internationally, helping to create prosperity for the generations of today and tomorrow.

Quilter plc oversees £95.3 billion in customer investments (as at 31 March 2020).

It has an adviser and customer offering spanning: financial advice; investment platforms; multi-asset investment solutions; and discretionary fund management.

The business is comprised of two segments: Advice and Wealth Management and Wealth Platforms.

Advice and Wealth Management encompasses the financial advice business, Quilter Financial Planning; the discretionary fund management business, Quilter Cheviot; and Quilter Investors, the Multi-asset investment solutions business.

Wealth Platforms includes Old Mutual Wealth UK platform and Quilter International, including AAM Advisory in Singapore.

The Old Mutual Wealth Heritage life assurance business was acquired by ReAssure Group Plc on 2 January 2020.

Since its IPO in June 2018, Quilter plc’s businesses have progressively rebranded to Quilter, as follows: 

  • Quilter Financial Planning (previously Intrinsic)
  • Quilter Private Client Advisers (previously Old Mutual Wealth Private Client Advisers)
  • Quilter Financial Advisers (previously Charles Derby Group)
  • Quilter Financial Adviser School
  • Quilter Cheviot
  • Quilter Investors
  • Old Mutual Wealth (becoming Quilter Investment Platform in 2020)
  • Quilter International (previously Old Mutual International)

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