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ArchivedEffective: 1 March, 2006 - 31 October, 2012Categories: Assimilating AssetsSource: GIPS Handbook, 2nd Edition
Firm B acquires another firm. The amount of firm assets and assets in each of Firm B’s composite increases significantly after the purchase. Should the firm make any disclosures regarding these events?
Yes, the GIPS standards recommend that firms disclose any significant events within the investment management firm that would help prospective clients understand the performance record. An acquisition of a new entity would likely qualify as a significant event, as many aspects of the firm’s management, operations, investment processes, and staffing may change. Prospective clients should be informed of such changes.
Sample Disclosure: “Firm B acquired Firm X on 1 June 2000. As a result, Firm B’s research function was greatly expanded by including Firm X’s resources. ”
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