Derek Delaney, global CEO, Waystone
31 March 2022

Waystone Group buys Centaur

Waystone, the institutional provider of services to the asset management industry, has announced its acquisition of Centaur Group, subject to regulatory approval.

The transaction expands Waystone’s home base of Ireland, where alongside the recently announced transaction with KB Associates, it will finish the year at close to 500 Ireland-based employees. With the Centaur combination Waystone will also increase its North American presence.

“For Waystone, this deal represents a major achievement, as with Centaur we are gaining a highly-experienced senior management team with similar culture and values and we will also gain additional global locations including New Jersey, Bermuda and Canada,” said Derek Delaney, Global CEO of Waystone. “We are quietly proud that, as with KB Associates, Centaur has chosen to join the emergence of the only truly international Irish financial services firm,” he added.

Waystone said incorporating Centaur will significantly broaden its service offering to asset managers and their investors. The transaction represents the first time a leading third-party management company (ManCo) has moved to integrate a fund administrator to complement its service offering, versus the established route of fund administrators adding management company services, Waystone said.

Ronan Daly, founding partner at Centaur, added: “As we look at the next phase of our growth, joining together with Waystone is the logical option, being an Irish headquartered global financial services firm, client centric and with an institutional fund manager book. The Centaur team is delighted to be joining Waystone on their growth trajectory and look forward to being able to provide fund administration services to Waystone clients, whilst still providing our existing clients with the same quality and focus as they have come to expect from us.”