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16 February, 2021 - 12:15 By Tony Quested

Wealth wizard ZEDRA buys Herts specialist

ZEDRA, a fast-growing global specialist in active wealth, global expansion and fund services, has acquired Herts-based Inside Pensions, a UK-leading independent occupational pension scheme governance support provider. 

The deal is in line with the firm’s aim to diversify its service offering and expand its presence in the pension services space.

Established in 2008, St Albans-based Inside Pensions has a portfolio of blue chip clients and provides a dedicated and experienced resource to assist trustee boards of pension trusts to run their schemes efficiently and effectively by ensuring compliant board administration and best practice governance. 

With pension regulations becoming increasingly difficult to navigate for those without specific industry and regulatory knowledge, ZEDRA believes that the outsourced solution offered by Inside Pensions is attractive to any board of trustees.

It allows trustees to focus on their strategic responsibilities whilst remaining assured that their schemes follow best practices in governance and meet regulatory requirements.

The Inside Pension’s team brings a wealth of new experience and high-level expertise to ZEDRA’s dedicated team in Guernsey that offers global clients employee benefits, pensions and associated administrative services.

The acquisition – no sum disclosed – will increase ZEDRA’s presence in the UK market with a further 39 staff and follows the acquisition of Fitzgerald & Law in September last year which increased its headcount by 70. 

ZEDRA is further operating out of Manchester with its leading estate planning offering, provided by an additional 72 members of staff. Inside Pensions’ specialist staff have built long term relationships with a wide range of companies and boards of trustees.

Ivo Hemelraad, ZEDRA CEO, said: “Inside Pensions has a strong reputation and a leading position in the outsourced pension trustee executive services market, which has significant barriers to entry. 

“The unrivalled expertise and experience of the Inside Pensions team will considerably extend the level of support we can offer to our clients in the pension services space both in the UK and in other jurisdictions.”

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