The bidding for Pioneer Investments
] has gotten too rich for Marty Gilbert
and his team.
| Marty Gilbert
Aberdeen Asset Management
Co-Founder and CEO
Gilbert's Aberdeen Asset Management
] has dropped out of the auction for UniCredit's
and the Evening Standard
report. Reuters also covered
the news. Gilbert tells Bloomberg
that the Pioneer price tag is now 3.5 billion euros (about $3.7 billion).
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on the Pioneer auction.
"We were through to the second round but we withdrew," Gilbert tells Bloomberg
. "We couldn't quite afford the 3.5 billion that it's going to go for. I wish we could find something, but there's nothing at the moment."
"I think we felt we weren't going to win so it was better to withdraw graciously," Gilbert tells Reuters
Perhaps Aberdeen will make a different acquisition instead. The Standard
notes that Aberdeen "has spent the past three years digesting" its Scottish Widows acquisition. Gilbert sounds open to other M&A.
"If the right opportunity came up, we'd look at it but we're not looking at anything else at the moment," Gilbert tells the Standard
Neil Anderson, Managing Editor
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