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Napthens supports latest Ludlow acquisitions

Our corporate team has advised on two acquisitions in one month for Ludlow Wealth Management Group.

Southport-based Ludlow, led by CEO Ian Hemingway, has delivered strong organic growth to £1.2bn Assets Under Management since Mobeus Equity Partners backed the team in June 2017. These deals add up to an additional £250m of client assets and continue Ludlow’s rapid progress towards its strategic goal of £2bn of AUM.

In May Ludlow acquired the financial planning division of A Letton Percival & Co Limited, based in Liverpool. The principal consultant, Neil Leaver, has joined Ludlow’s Liverpool office, with two office staff joining Ludlow’s head office in Southport.

Ludlow also completed the acquisition of another North West-based financial planning business from retiring shareholders in April.

Ludlow now operates out of six offices in Southport, Blackburn, Preston, Fylde, Liverpool and Edinburgh.

With the ongoing support of Mobeus and acquisition debt facilities established with Santander Growth Capital in December 2018, more bolt-ons are planned over the next year.

Ian Hemingway, Ludlow CEO commented: “Ludlow has a strong history of growth through acquisition, as well as high levels of new clients through personal recommendations. 

“I am delighted to welcome two new sets of clients to Ludlow and look forward to working with our new colleagues to deliver on their personal and financial goals. Mobeus’s and Napthens’ support has been key to delivering these deals, and we will be working together to further expand the group.”

Justin Maltz, Portfolio Partner at Mobeus commented: “We have really enjoyed working with Ian and his team at Ludlow, and we are already well advanced in delivering the ambitious goals we agreed two years ago at the time of our investment.

“These two acquisitions demonstrate both the market opportunity for further consolidation under larger, more professional wealth management groups and the significant potential and ambition for Ludlow in particular. We will be working hard to fulfil this.”

Keith Melling who leads the corporate team at Napthens said: “We’re delighted to have supported Ludlow on these latest acquisitions, having worked with the team on a number of transactions including the management buy-out in 2017. 

“We look forward to continuing to help them deliver their future growth plans

Commercial division - head of Commercial division - Keith Melling