Manulife bids for full management of China fund JV, lured by $3.8 trln mkt -sources

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, June 29 (Reuters) – Canada’s Manulife Monetary Corp (MFC.TO) moved nearer towards taking full management of its funds three way partnership in China after regulators there accepted an software for the possession change, two sources with data of the matter advised Reuters.

Manulife, Canada’s largest life insurer, is looking for to bolster its presence in China’s $3.8 trillion funds market, which grew 27% in 2021 and is forecast by consultancy McKinsey to greater than double by 2025.

China’s securities regulator formally accepted a latest software from Manulife’s asset administration arm to extend its stake within the three way partnership to 100% from the present 49%, mentioned the sources.

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Manulife shares fell 0.2% to C$22.46 at noon in Toronto, in contrast with a 0.85% decline within the Toronto inventory benchmark (.GSPTSE).

Manulife Funding Administration acquired the stake in Manulife Teda Fund Administration in China in 2010 from ABN AMRO financial institution and teamed up with state-owned Tianjin TEDA Worldwide Holding, which owns the remaining 51% fairness however is trying to promote it.

The transfer furthers Manulife’s acknowledged purpose of increasing each its Asian and asset administration items, and its intention to deploy extra capital in China.

International corporations are jockeying for place as China opens up the monetary providers sector, from funding banking to insurance coverage, to international competitors.

Manulife Funding Administration and Manulife Teda Fund Administration spokespeople declined to remark.

Since possession caps for overseas corporations in fund administration JVs had been scrapped in 2019, a rising variety of overseas asset managers, together with BlackRock (BLK.N) and Constancy, have arrange operations in China to compete for a share of the nation’s swelling mutual funds market. learn extra

The official acceptance of Manulife’s software by the China Securities Regulatory Fee (CSRC) means the Canadian firm is “a step nearer” to taking full management of the enterprise, which had round 60 billion yuan ($8.96 billion) in retail fund belongings as of March.An approval may come quickly, though the timing is unknown, one of many sources mentioned.

A CSRC public disclosure on Could 22 exhibits it had decided on whether or not it could take into account a Manulife Teda software to alter greater than 5% possession, however doesn’t reveal its choice.

The CSRC didn’t reply to a request for remark.


Moreover the fund administration three way partnership in China, Manulife additionally has a 51% stake in an insurance coverage three way partnership with Sinochem, and has been open about its aspiration to extend its share of that as effectively.

Manulife’s Asia CEO advised Reuters earlier this month the regional unit was on observe to account for half of the Canadian insurer’s core earnings by 2025 regardless of financial slowdowns and impression of COVID-19 on its key markets. learn extra

The change on the fund enterprise acquired underway in July final 12 months when Tianjin TEDA put its stake on the block for round $263 million, one of many sources mentioned.

The enterprise can also be within the closing levels of tapping the overall supervisor of a rival overseas fund in China to move its operations, one of many sources mentioned.

JPMorgan (JPM.N) grew to become the primary international financial institution that filed with the Chinese language regulator final 12 months to transform its native fund three way partnership into a completely owned enterprise, which has but to obtain regulatory approval.

($1 = 6.6970 Chinese language yuan renminbi)

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Reporting by Selena Li in Hong Kong and Samuel Shen in Shanghai; Extra reporting by Nichola Saminather; Enhancing by Sumeet Chatterjee, Muralikumar Anantharaman and Richard Chang

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