Akaan and Aegon joint venture launches asset management company for Mexico

Aegon and its North American subsidiary, Transamerica, have joined forces with Administradora Akaan to create an asset management company named Akaan Transamerica.

Akaan Transamerica has recently received formal approval from the Mexican Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV) to initiate operations and go to market.

Global investment solutions

Akaan Transamerica will offer a wide variety of Mexican and International mutual funds as well as diversified global investment solutions. Akaan Transamerica has implemented Aladdin®, BlackRock's trading and risk management system which combines leading-edge risk analytics with comprehensive portfolio management, trading and operations on a single platform.

Akaan Transamerica will leverage the extensive investment knowledge and experience from a highly skilled team of investment management professionals. Its product offering includes alternative investments, actively- and passively-managed funds, and bespoke investment strategies.

In addition to the wide variety of investment products, Akaan Transamerica will offer integrated investment solutions for individuals and companies based on their financial needs.

Akaan's Chairman and Founder, Fernando Quiroz, was formerly CEO and Vice Chairman of Citigroup's ICG Mexico and Latin America as well as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Banco De Chile. Mr. Quiroz was also a Board member of Banamex, Grupo Financiero Banamex, Aeromexico and the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV).

Mark Mullin, President and CEO of Transamerica, commented, "We are thrilled to form this partnership with the highly respected firm of Akaan and to benefit from the tremendous expertise of Fernando Quiroz. We are determined to help individuals and corporations in Mexico pursue wealth accumulation and growth as they work toward securing a sound financial future."

Fernando Quiroz, commented, "We are delighted to have formed a JV and a strategic alliance with Aegon and Transamerica. Our teams worked extremely hard to set up a new asset management company, with a state-of-the-art technological platform and the most innovative financial solutions for our clients."

Cutting edge technology

Kent Callahan, President and CEO of Transamerica Latin America, added, "This unique combination of experienced professionals and cutting edge technology sets a new bar for customer service excellence in the asset management business in Mexico."

Administradora Akaan is a Mexico-based wealth management firm that provides best-in-class financial and wealth management solutions to Mexican individuals, families and institutions. In 2013, Aegon entered into a joint venture with Administradora Akaan S.A. de C.V. and created Akaan-Aegon S.A.P.I. de C.V. to explore financial services opportunities.

About Akaan

Akaan is a Mexico-based wealth management firm that provides comprehensive financial and wealth management solutions to Mexican individuals, families and institutions. Akaan was founded by Fernando Quiroz in 2012. Akaan is a financial services group, with four major subsidiaries.

An asset management company, Akaan Transamerica, is a 50-50 Joint Venture with Aegon and Transamerica. A broker-dealer, which was acquired from Itaú BBA in 2016.

An insurance company (in authorization process with Mexican authorities), Akaan Lombard International, is a 50-50 Joint Venture with Lombard International, a leading global life insurance-based wealth solutions provider, combining the strength and expertise of two specialist life insurance companies with over 25 years’ experience and market leadership in their respective fields.

Lombard International provides wealth structuring solutions using private placement life insurance and annuity products to high net worth individuals, their families and institutions around the globe. (Funds managed by Blackstone own Lombard International. Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms with assets under management of over $367 billion.).

Finally, Akaan’s Alternatives division offers custom investment solutions dedicated to Private Equity, Infrastructure and Real Estate. Akaan has one of the most experienced and professional banking teams in Latin America, and has a presence in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey