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ACA Group announces agreement to acquire UMB Distribution Services, LLC

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ACA Group (ACA) has announced its intent to acquire the broker-dealer distribution business from UMB Fund Services, a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) (UMB). The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2024.

ACA writes that its distribution division, ACA Foreside, is the industry’s largest third-party distributor by number of funds, currently distributing and servicing USD2 trillion in assets across hundreds of fund families. The lift out of UMB’s distribution business expands ACA Foreside’s internal distribution team, co-led by Teresa Cowan and Chris Lanza, and will include the addition of asset management clients with mutual fund, exchange-traded fund (ETF), and closed-end fund products. The transaction will introduce over USD48 billion in client assets to ACA and allow current UMB clients the ability to leverage ACA’s expansive advisory support and industry-leading technology.

“We are thrilled to announce this acquisition, which is a pivotal moment in our journey to continue redefining the landscape of financial services. This strategic action underscores our commitment to innovation and positions us to better serve these clients with a comprehensive suite of compliance and technology solutions,” says Chris Lanza, Partner and Co-head of ACA Foreside.

“We are excited about the opportunities this acquisition brings to our strategic growth vision alongside the ability to expand our market presence and deliver exceptional value to our clients and stakeholders,” says Patrick Olson, Chief Executive Officer at ACA.

ACA Foreside will be responsible for legal underwriting services, marketing material review, registered representative licensing and supervision, negotiating and maintaining broker-dealer selling agreements, and more. This is ACA’s sixth acquisition in the past three years.

“This transaction supports our efforts to focus on our core competencies and continue strategically growing our fund administration, fund accounting and transfer agency business,” says Maureen Quill, Executive Vice President, Executive Director for Registered Funds of UMB Fund Services. “We will continue to service many of these clients through our core lines of business and look forward to maintaining and growing those relationships. We are confident our clients will have a smooth and seamless transition for distribution services through both UMB’s and ACA Foreside’s continued focus on delivering best-in-class service.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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