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Wednesday,April 3rd, 2019

Searching for Growth in an Age of Disruption


“The Asset Management industry stands at a critical junction. Structural pressures are set to intensify for the core active business, yet we see an alternative path to attractive pockets of growth in EM/ China, private markets and solutions for firms.”

Asset managers and wholesale banks are under increasing investor pressure to accelerate growth while managing down costs. Yet both are facing falling margins and a market environment that is disappointing relative to expectations. The race is on to launch new propositions for clients and gain share by addressing emerging client needs and combat disruption from new entrants. But this must be accompanied by an aggressive focus on the bottom line

This Week’s Must Read  features the 2019 edition of Oliver Wyman’s annual report with Morgan Stanley, which outlines how pockets of strong growth for asset managers and wholesale banks can enable them to exceed low market expectations.

Read on to Find out More: “Searching for Growth in an Age of Disruption“, Morgan Stanley & Oliver Wyman


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DBS Bank CEO Piyush Gupta discusses what he calls the “cataclysmic disruption” facing the banks and the future growth leaders the industry needs.


  • Teneo Acquires Quay Advisers: Global CEO advisory firm Teneo has acquired Sydney-based strategic communications and investor relations advisory company Quay Advisers. Founded in 2011, Teneo has rapidly expanded in the past eight years. The addition of Quay Advisers will bolster Teneo’s Sydney office, which opened last year with Emily Blyth was managing director. | Cision
  • Livingbridge takes stake in fast-growing Vendigital : Vendigital, a global consultancy based in London, has secured a major investment from private equity firm Livingbridge. The news comes as the latest chapter in a succession of funding packages Livingbridge has handed the growing UK consulting sector. | Livingbridge
  • Gryphon Buys Engineering, Technical Services Provider Schafer: Aerospace, defense, power, and industrial-focused private equity firm AE Industrial Partners (AEI) has combined similar portfolio firms Gryphon Technologies and Schafer. The latter firm was acquired in 2017 by engineering, recruiting, and IT consultancy Belcan, a portfolio company of AEI. | Gryphon Technologies
  • Global 5G rollout expected to reach one in seven by 2025 : 5G networks – which promise lightning-fast data connections – are set to spread across the developed world in the coming decade. Uptake will be relatively low to start, however with a similar deployment to the previous 4G network. By 2025, approximately one in seven users are projected to be on 5G. |


  • Governing in the age of disruption: Global economies are in the midst of unprecedented technological change, including an explosion in automation, the takeoff of artificial intelligence, and rapid advances in fields such as nanotechnology and genomics. This disruption will affect just about every aspect of society—from industrial strategies and competitiveness to the labor market to the way government itself functions.  | Vincent Chin, Christopher Malone, J. Puckett and Alexander Türpitz, BCG
  • Preparing to disrupt and grow :Insurance CEOs are bullish about their growth prospects. According to our survey, most think they will outperform the market. They say they are already disrupting their competitors. And they feel they are transforming their businesses in order to get closer to their customers. | Gary Reader, KPMG
  • In wake of disruption from multiple fronts, banks face new realities: Initially seen as foes with the potential to upend traditional banking, now FinTechs are embraced as value-adding collaborators. However, banking hasn’t come out of the FinTech wave unscathed. Disruption, innovation, and trends have driven irreversible changes.  Digitally-empowered customers now expect banks to proactively identify their needs and preferences to provide precise services at the desired touchpoint.  | Capgemini
  • The Pulse of Gaming :As the game industry continues to grow and expand its target market to nearly every person with access to an Internet connection, the capabilities needed to gain a competitive advantage are changing too. Game companies need to create compelling gaming experiences focused on the things gamers want, in the distribution channels they consume, and ahead of what competitors may bring.  | Christian Kelly, Bikash Mishra, Justine Jequinto, Accenture


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