RBC Capital Markets and Barclays Capital Inc. served as financial advisors and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP acted as legal advisor to Victory Capital in this transaction. Seward & Kissel LLP acted as legal advisor to Harvest Volatility Management, LLC.
Victory Capital (NASDAQ:VCTR) (the “Company”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Harvest Volatility Management, LLC (“Harvest”). Harvest, which had approximately $12 billion in assets under management (AUM) as of July 31, 2018, is a leader in derivative asset management, specializing in yield enhancement overlay, risk reduction, alternative beta and absolute return investment strategies. Based on AUM for both firms as of July 31, 2018, Victory Capital would on the closing of the transaction have approximately $75 billion in firmwide AUM. This includes approximately $16 billion, or 21% of total AUM, in its Solutions Platform strategies.
Harvest, which is based in New York City, was founded in 2008 by Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager Richard L. Selvala, Jr. and Managing Partner and Chief Risk Officer Curtis F. Brockelman, Jr. Harvest has established a strong track record in managing strategies that enhance yield and reduce asset class risk exposures. Client demand for the firm’s strategies has been strong, resulting in meaningful growth in AUM since the firm’s inception. Harvest was recently named 2017 “Overlay Manager of the Year” by EQDerivatives.
Victory Capital’s integrated multi-boutique business model will enable Harvest to continue to employ its structured and disciplined investment process while remaining an independent brand. Harvest’s seasoned investment team will continue to leverage its proprietary technology platform, which supports its analytic, trading and risk management functions.
Victory Capital and Harvest are both committed to employee ownership as a means to ensure alignment with current and future clients. Following the acquisition, Harvest’s senior management will be meaningful equity investors in Victory Capital. They also will continue to be significant investors in the strategies that they manage.
The transaction, which is expected to be accretive to earnings per share, will be financed through a combination of debt, equity and cash on the balance sheet, with the potential for an earn-out, payable to the sellers, over time if certain growth objectives are met. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2019, and is subject to regulatory and other customary approvals, conditions and consents, including approval by Harvest’s clients.
The Willkie deal team on the current transaction was led by partner David Boston (Picture) and included partners Jeffrey Goldfarb, Jordan Messinger and James Silk and associates Jonathan Kubek and Jennifer Kim.
Involved fees earner: David Boston – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Jonathan Kubek – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Jeffrey Goldfarb – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Jordan Messinger – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Hyejin Jennifer Kim – Willkie Farr & Gallagher; James Silk – Willkie Farr & Gallagher;
Law Firms: Willkie Farr & Gallagher;
Clients: Victory Capital Management Inc.;