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  • Standard Life Aberdeen to offer nine months of full pay for new parents
    The Guardian

    Standard Life Aberdeen to offer nine months of full pay for new parents

    Up to 200 Standard Life Aberdeen staff are expected to benefit from the new policy next year giving all new parents nine months of full pay. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PAInvestment group Standard Life Aberdeen is introducing one of the UK’s most generous parental leave policies, offering nine months of full pay for all new parents.The new policy, which comes into force on 1 January 2020, will apply to all new mothers and fathers working for the company, including those who adopt or have a child through a surrogate.Campaigners said the move was the sort of initiative that could help to close the country’s yawning gender pay gap, in which women are paid £260,000 less than men over their careers.Fathers and same-sex parents working for Standard Life Aberdeen will be able to take a full nine months of paid leave, without having to ask their partner to cut their time short or share their entitlement.Sam Smethers, chief executive of the women’s campaign group the Fawcett Society, said it was a “potentially transformational” policy for Standard Life Aberdeen employees. “It is at the generous end of the spectrum and extremely rare.”Rival insurer Aviva raised the bar in 2017 when it introduced equal parental leave for both parents and six months’ full pay, while management consultancy Accenture offers 36 weeks of fully paid maternity leave.Between 180 and 200 Standard Life Aberdeen staff are expected to benefit from the policy next year. The company would not confirm how much the new programme would cost, but it is likely to be about £5m a year.As of next year, new parents at Standard Life Aberdeen will be granted 52 weeks leave, 40 of which will be fully paid. Additional paid leave will be offered to parents whose child is born premature. Staff will also have the option of breaking their leave up into three separate periods over two years, and will be able to take advantage of the policy from their first day in the job.Sophie Walker, chief executive of the Young Women’s Trust charity, said: “It’s especially encouraging to see that this is a day one right, as far too many parents are currently missing out on paid parental leave because they haven’t worked at their employer for long enough.“If we’re ever going to close the gender pay gap and enable all parents to thrive in the workplace then it’s time for all employers to get serious about adopting parental leave and family-friendly policies which are fit for purpose.”Smethers said: “The reality is that even a relatively modest additional period of paid leave for dads at work would make a real difference. Families need to be able to make unconstrained choices about who does the caring. For most parents that simply isn’t possible at the moment.”Standard Life Aberdeen’s human resources chief, Rose Thomson, said: “Our new policy represents a potentially life-changing opportunity for new parents, whatever their family circumstances. We know that our people need to balance their work lives with their personal lives and this new policy is one example of the actions we’re taking to help them maintain that.” Other generous parental policies across the UK include:Aviva: 26 weeks of fully paid leave for both parentsUK civil service: 26 weeks of fully paid maternity leaveEtsy: 26 weeks of fully paid leave for both parentsAccenture: 36 weeks of fully paid maternity leaveTransport for London: 26 weeks of fully paid maternity leaveSource: Money Guru survey, January 2019

  • Standard Life Aberdeen eyes £30m IFA swoop on Grant Thornton
    Sky News

    Standard Life Aberdeen eyes £30m IFA swoop on Grant Thornton

    Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA), one of Britain's biggest asset managers, is in talks to snap up a unit of Grant Thornton (GT), the accountancy firm, that advises affluent clients on their financial affairs. Sky News has learnt that 1825, SLA's financial advice arm, has entered into exclusive negotiations to buy GT's wealth advisory business for approximately £30m. It would be a more significant transaction than its modest financial outlay would suggest because of the implied consequences for the future of both 1825 and GT, the UK's sixth-largest audit firm.

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    MEDIA-Standard Life Aberdeen on lookout for takeovers - FuW

    ** Standard Life Aberdeen is on the lookout for acquisitions amid a consolidating asset management market, Vice Chairman Martin Gilbert tells Swiss paper Finanz und Wirtschaft ** "We are still digesting ...

  • Standard Life Aberdeen bruised by shareholder pay revolt
    The Guardian

    Standard Life Aberdeen bruised by shareholder pay revolt

    The Standard Life headquarters in Edinburgh. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images The insurer Standard Life Aberdeen has suffered a bruising shareholder revolt over the pay of its new finance chief, with more than two-fifths of investors voting against its remuneration report. At its annual general meeting in Edinburgh, 42% of Standard Life shareholders opposed the report in one of the biggest investor revolts in recent years, but the resolution was passed with nearly 58% backing it in an advisory vote. Shareholder advisory firms Glass Lewis and Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) had raised concerns about the pay package for Stephanie Bruce, who will become the new chief financial officer at the insurance and asset management firm on 1 June. She is joining from the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, replacing Bill Rattray, who is retiring after more than 30 years at Standard Life. She will receive an annual salary of £525,000, more than the £450,000 her predecessor was paid, and will get an annual payment equivalent to 20% of salary in lieu of a pension. She is entitled to share awards up to 350% of salary under the executive incentive plan, which are dependent on performance. Glass Lewis said it viewed high fixed pay raises “with scepticism” because remuneration is “not directly linked to performance and may serve as a crutch when performance has fallen below expectations”. It also raised concerns over other elements of the pay package, while ISS criticised the performance conditions for not being “sufficiently stretching”. Standard Life said in a statement following the annual meeting: “We were aware that certain institutional shareholders were not supportive of specific aspects of the arrangements relating to the remuneration of the incoming CFO.” It added that it would continue to talk to investors about their concerns and would publish an update on these discussions within six months. It will seek approval from shareholders for a new pay policy at its 2021 meeting. The firm argued it had to offer Bruce that pay package to “attract a talented senior executive from outside of the investment management industry who was previously remunerated on a comparatively consistent annual reward package, without the significant deferral arrangements we apply”. It said before the meeting that it had sought to address shareholders’ concerns by linking Bruce’s £750,000 joining fee, which will be awarded in shares, to achieving the company’s cost-cutting targets. The company was formed from the 2017 merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management in an £11bn all-share deal. Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk Before the meeting, Standard Life reported a 3% rise in assets under management and administration to £569bn in the first three months of the year. Inflows were boosted by £3.5bn of assets from Virgin Money, with which the company is launching a joint venture. Shareholder advisory group Pirc said: “As we hit the middle of May, peak AGM season in the UK, we’re starting to see a few sizeable oppose votes come through. Over the past week, a number of companies have been stung by major votes against pay, though actual defeats on the main market still stand at just one – [software company] Micro Focus.” Last week, Standard Chartered faced a big vote against its remuneration report of 36%. Including abstentions, the number of investors who failed to back it was 38%. The protest was directed against a change in how the bank calculates its top executives’ pensions.

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    Standard Life Aberdeen shareholders revolt over finance chief's pay

    More than 40% of shareholders in Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) voted against the company's pay report at its annual general meeting on Tuesday, which SLA said was due to concern about its new chief financial officer's (CFO) pay. SLA hired Stephanie Bruce from PwC in March on a basic salary of 525,000 pounds ($678,250). The pay report won 58% of shareholders' votes, SLA said in a statement.

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    Standard Life Aberdeen Q1 assets up 3 pct on market moves, deals

    Brtish asset manager Standard Life Aberdeen on Tuesday posted a 3% rise in first-quarter assets, as market gains and assets linked to recent deals more than offset currency losses and net outflows of client ...

  • UK asset manager Standard Life Aberdeen bought $100 million of Aramco bond - chairman
    Reuters

    UK asset manager Standard Life Aberdeen bought $100 million of Aramco bond - chairman

    RIYADH (Reuters) - UK asset manager Standard Life Aberdeen bought $100 million (£77 million) worth of Saudi Arabia state oil giant Aramco's debut international bond, the investment firm's chairman said ...

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    U.K. asset manager Standard Life Aberdeen bought $100 mln of Aramco bond -chairman

    U.K. asset manager Standard Life Aberdeen bought $100 million worth of Saudi Arabia state oil giant Aramco's debut international bond, the investment firm's chairman said on Sunday. "I think it was ...

  • Lloyds faces £300m bill after losing £100bn contract fight
    Sky News

    Lloyds faces £300m bill after losing £100bn contract fight

    It has felt at times as if little has gone right for Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management since they announced in March 2017 that they were merging. There was also unhappiness that the enlarged business would have joint chief executives: Keith Skeoch from Standard Life and Martin Gilbert from Aberdeen. The combined Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) suffered a net outflow of £32.9bn for 2017 as a whole, as investors pulled their money out, with a further £40.9bn going out of the door in 2018.

  • Jim Armitage: Stabbers’ hurting shareholders get good news at last
    Evening Standard

    Jim Armitage: Stabbers’ hurting shareholders get good news at last

    Good news has been in short supply for shareholders in Standard Life Aberdeen since the merger that created it. What with massive redemptions from clients hacked off with poor investment returns and a staggering loss of value on the stock market, the wheel of fortune surely had to turn eventually. Arbitrators have decided Lloyds was wrong to pull its £100 billion fund management contract with Aberdeen Asset Management after the merger.

  • Standard Life Aberdeen wins out in £100 billion Lloyds battle
    Evening Standard

    Standard Life Aberdeen wins out in £100 billion Lloyds battle

    Britain's biggest fund manager Standard Life Aberdeen won a £100 billion funds row with Lloyds Bank on Tuesday, paving the way for a multi-million pound payout. The FTSE 100 fund manager, which manages £550 billion, won a crucial legal case against Lloyds over the bank’s decision to terminate a fund management contract, depriving Standard of around £330 million in fees over three years. Lloyds ditched the deal last February saying the newly-merged Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) was a “material competitor” to its Scottish Widows division, led by Antonio Lorenzo.

  • Bloomberg

    When Two Friends Fall Out Over a Mere $145 Billion

    About a year ago, Lloyds announced it was pulling 109 billion pounds ($145 billion) of assets that SLA managed on behalf of Lloyds’s Scottish Widows unit, saying the 2017 merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen created a “material” competitor to the lender’s own insurance business. The balance of the funds is pledged to BlackRock Inc.

  • Standard Life Aberdeen wins $133 billion Lloyds mandate dispute
    Reuters

    Standard Life Aberdeen wins $133 billion Lloyds mandate dispute

    Standard Life Aberdeen said it has won a legal battle to stop Lloyds cancelling a 100 billion pound ($133 billion) investment management contract early, a decision which could cost the bank hundreds of millions of pounds in extra fees. Lloyds had argued the 11 billion pound merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management to form SLA in 2017 allowed it to end Aberdeen's 2014 contract to manage a large slice of its pension assets because it considered insurer Standard Life as a "material competitor". SLA's victory also raises the prospect that Lloyds will have to pay some or all of the 390 million pounds the asset manager would have earned under the terms of the contract due to expire in March 2022, even if it continues to transfer assets to BlackRock and Schroders.

  • Standard Life Aberdeen wins 100 billion pound Lloyds mandate dispute
    Reuters

    Standard Life Aberdeen wins 100 billion pound Lloyds mandate dispute

    Standard Life Aberdeen said it has won a legal battle to stop Lloyds cancelling a £100 billion investment management contract early, a decision which could cost the bank hundreds of millions of pounds in extra fees. Lloyds had argued the £11-billion merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management to form SLA in 2017 allowed it to end Aberdeen's 2014 contract to manage a large slice of its pension assets because it considered insurer Standard Life as a "material competitor".

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    Standard Life Aberdeen wins $133 bln Lloyds mandate dispute

    Standard Life Aberdeen said it has won a legal battle to stop Lloyds cancelling a 100 billion pound ($133 billion) investment management contract early, a decision which could cost the bank hundreds of millions of pounds in extra fees. Lloyds had argued the 11 billion pound merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management to form SLA in 2017 allowed it to end Aberdeen's 2014 contract to manage a large slice of its pension assets because it considered insurer Standard Life as a "material competitor".

  • Reuters

    Standard Life Aberdeen ditches co-CEO roles in board overhaul

    Standard Life Aberdeen has ditched its unusual co-chief executive structure and said Keith Skeoch will be solely in charge as Britain's biggest standalone listed asset manager tries to reverse a prolonged period of underperformance. The partnership of equals with Martin Gilbert had been in place since the merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management in 2017. The tough market backdrop was confirmed in a separate full-year earnings statement in which Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) said it had seen an increase in net outflows of client cash, mostly from higher margin equities and alternative funds.

  • Bloomberg

    When a Fund Manager’s Drama Is in Its Business, Not Its Boardroom

    The recent arrival of new Chairman Douglas Flint probably had something to do with triggering the change. Add in the sale of the insurance business that was completed in August, and it’s clear that Skeoch can cope alone with running the company and sitting on the various committees the CEO needs to be involved in. Assets under management slumped to 551.5 billion pounds ($725 billion) at the end of 2018 from 608.1 billion pounds a year earlier, as net outflows of more than 40 billion pounds were exacerbated by investment losses of more than 20 billion pounds. Withdrawals from the firm's flagship Global Absolute Return Strategies Fund, for example, dragged the firm’s multi-asset portfolios down to less than 20 billion pounds after clients withdrew almost 17 billion pounds last year.

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    Standard Life Aberdeen preps for job cuts -sources

    LONDON/EDINBURGH, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) plans a fresh round of job cuts in the coming weeks as part of a broader cost overhaul aimed at shoring up investor confidence after a year of heavy outflows of client cash, four sources told Reuters. Britain's biggest standalone asset manager saw more than 20 billion euros yanked from its funds in 2018, industry tracker Morningstar estimates, amid broad market turmoil at the end of the year that is set to weigh on revenue when the company posts full-year results on March 13.

  • EQS Group

    TUI AG: Release according to Article 40, Section 1 of the WpHG [the German Securities Trading Act] with the objective of Europe-wide distribution

    TUI AG (TUI)20-Dec-2018 / 11:53 CET/CESTDissemination of a Regulatory Announcement, transmitted by EQS Group.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.Notification of Major Holdings1. Details of issuerName:TUI AGStreet:Karl-Wiechert-Allee 4Postal code:30625City:HannoverGermanyLegal Entity Identifier (LEI):529900SL2WSPV293B5522. Reason for notificationXAcquisition/disposal of shares with voting rights Acquisition/disposal of instruments Change of breakdown of voting rights Other reason:3. ...

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