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MFS and Deutsche Bank sign partnership agreement in Italy

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MFS Investment Management and Deutsche Bank have signed a partnership agreement under which Deutsche Bank‘s network of branches and private bankers, along with its financial advisors associated with Deutsche Bank Financial Advisors (DBFA), will have access to a selection of funds from itMFS Investment Management’s Luxembourg flagship vehicle, MFS Meridian Funds.

Established in 1924, MFS has a well-established footprint in Italy, having entered the market in 2005, and offers a wide range of investment strategies to clients. Having built a solid reputation with professional buyers in Italy, the firm intends to become an established investment manager within the retail space.
 
The MFS Meridian funds that will be available on the Deutsche Bank platform will include equity, fixed income and multi-asset strategies.
 
Andrea Baron, Managing Director, Italy for MFS Investment Management says: ‘We are delighted to collaborate with Deutsche Bank. They are one of the leading global financial groups in the region, with access to an extensive network. This is an important step in achieving our ambitious growth aspirations in Italy as we deepen our relationships with our Italian client base.
 
‘Deutsche Bank is a pioneer in the retail distribution space. We believe its excellent reputation, combined with MFS’ long-term approach to investing and commitment to finding the best, most durable investment opportunities for our clients, will lead to a successful collaboration. Our aim is to provide a full service partnership, providing Deutsche Bank financial advisors the opportunity to access MFS’ expertise through a selection of high-quality strategies, as well as training sessions and a deep pool of value-added market analysis and insights’.
 
Sheila Zanchi, head of Investment Advisory at Deutsche Bank in Italy, says: ‘A distribution agreement with a major player such as MFS will allow us to further enrich and diversify our product offering and the range of services available to our network of branches, private bankers and financial advisors. That ensures that we are always well positioned to provide the best solutions to support the needs of our customers‘.

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