Macquarie merges private wealth businesses

Macquarie Group is consolidating its private bank and private wealth businesses to concentrate its growth strategy on high net-worth (HNW) clients, a move it expects to affect advisers.

HNW clients are already the exclusive focus of Macquarie's private bank. They are also a substantial proportion of its private wealth business.

The announcement was made by Macquarie's Banking and Financial Services group (BFS), which also looks after retail banking activities. The gearing towards HNW investors in the bank's private wealth and banking business will have no impact on BFS's retail banking strategy which includes home lending, deposits and credit card solutions for consumer clients.

Macquarie head of wealth management Bill Marynissen said concentrating on one client segment will enable it to deliver better on a comprehensive and tailored wealth and banking offering that can take clients from wealth accumulation stages through to retirement.

"Focusing on attracting high net-worth clients is a logical evolution of our private client business and we believe it is a space in which we can be a market leader," Marynissen said.

"We have carefully assessed growth opportunities in the high net-worth segment against the strong fundamentals of our business. These include a deep understanding of the high net-worth segment, our wealth and banking expertise and suite of solutions, and the capacity to build on our existing digital capabilities."

Australia has more than 1.2 million adults with wealth of $1.3 million or more, ranking it among the top 10 countries globally for HNW individuals. The segment swelled 7.4% or by 80,000 adults since 2011.

Many advisers will be impacted by the decision to concentrate the focus of the combined private bank and private wealth businesses to HNW clients, according to Macquarie's wealth management division.

"Macquarie is supporting these advisers in a number of ways, including by facilitating discussions with other firms and assisting with their transition," the bank said.

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