The UK asset manager’s Asia chief reflects on the merger of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life and on fund industry consolidation in general.
The US fund manager, fresh from its acquisition of rival Legg Mason, sees China as a huge opportunity in respect of asset owners, both onshore and offshore.
A long-serving Franklin Templeton executive will lead the combined entity in the region once the Legg Mason acquisition is complete. But the appointee has come as a surprise to some.
The move is seen as unlikely to mean much change for asset owners in Asia Pacific, but fund managers will be keeping a close eye on how it develops.
But while Morningstar sees the bond house as the "strength" of Franklin Templeton's takeover of Legg Mason, the merged firm may be vulnerable to competition from index fund managers.
The fund industry’s latest mega-takeover has big implications for the two firms and for their clients in Asia. AsianInvestor looks at issues that the deal raises.