Goldman Announces Indian Acquisition

Goldman Sachs Asset Management has announced it has agreed to acquire Benchmark Asset Management Company, an asset management company in India. The transaction is expected to close later in the year, subject to regulatory approvals. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Benchmark Asset Management Company was founded in 2001 and is the number one Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) provider by both market share and assets under management (AUM) in India. It has approximately $700m assets under management.

In addition, Goldman Sachs Asset Management intends to bring actively managed on-shore funds to India.

Goldman Sachs Asset Management already has an experienced team of eight based in Mumbai, headed by Prashant Khemka. The team currently provides research for off-shore funds including Indian equities and BRIC equities.

Oliver Bolitho, Head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management in Asia, said:

'India is one of the world’s largest growth markets and a strategic priority for our firm. The acquisition of Benchmark illustrates our commitment to expand in India and we look forward to working closely with Benchmark to accelerate the growth of the business. We are also pleased to announce that we will bring on-shore funds to India – building on the strong expertise that Prashant Khemka's team has established'.

Sanjiv Shah, Executive Director and Co-founder of Benchmark Asset Management Company, said:

'As index and ETF product demand continues to grow significantly in India, Goldman Sachs’ local expertise and global platform will provide us the opportunity to grow further and enhance our offering for clients'.


Goldman Sachs Asset Management is the asset management arm of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS), which manages $840bn as of end December 2010. Goldman Sachs Asset Management has been providing discretionary investment advisory services since 1989 and has investment professionals in all major financial centers around the world.
The company offers investment strategies across a broad range of asset classes to institutional and individual clients globally.


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