Wells Fargo Asset Management’s sale of its majority interest in The Rock Creek Group, LP to the company’s founder, Afsaneh Beschloss, and the Rock Creek team


Davis Polk is advising Wells Fargo Asset Management on the deal

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of August 2018. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Wells Fargo Asset Management, a division of Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management, strives to help clients achieve their financial goals through investment options managed by specialized investment teams that are supported by independent risk management and backed by superior, collaborative service. With more than $497 billion in assets under management (as of March 31, 2018), Wells Fargo Asset Management has 29 autonomous investment teams with specialized expertise and proven processes, more than 500 investment professionals, and a global reach with offices and clients around the world.

Rock Creek Group is a registered investment advisor located in Washington DC and New York. Rock Creek has been an affiliate of Wells Fargo Funds Management since December 2012, when Wells Fargo Asset Management acquired a minority ownership stake of 35%. In April 2014, Wells Fargo Asset Management increased its equity ownership to a majority stake of 65%.

The Davis Polk corporate team includes partners William L. Taylor (Picture) and Harold Birnbaum and associates Jeffrey Scharfstein and Michael Senders. Partner David H. Schnabel is providing tax advice. Partner Margaret E. Tahyar and counsel Christopher M. Paridon are providing regulatory advice. Partners Leor Landa and Gregory S. Rowland are providing investment management advice. Partner Ronan P. Harty is providing antitrust and competition advice.

Involved fees earner: William Taylor – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Harold Birnbaum – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Jeffrey Scharfstein – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Michael Senders – Davis Polk & Wardwell; David Schnabel – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Margaret Tahyar – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Christopher Paridon – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Leor Landa – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Gregory Rowland – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Ronan Harty – Davis Polk & Wardwell;

Law Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell;

Clients: Wells Fargo Asset Management;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti