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Succession founder Simon Chamberlain dies suddenly

Succession founder Simon Chamberlain dies suddenly

Succession’s founder and chief executive, Simon Chamberlain, has died suddenly.

Mr Chamberlain, who was 51, had founded Succession in 2009 after selling his business to Axa.

In a statement, Succession said: “Our thoughts and concerns are with his wife Helen and children Charlotte, Henry and Olivia at this difficult time.

“Succession will continue to be led by its experienced management team, headed by chairman Ray Pierce.”

Mr Chamberlain began his career at Merchant Investors before moving to Royal Life and St James’s Place.

In 1999 he became national development director of Zurich Financial Services before leaving in 2003 to found Thinc Group.

When this was sold to Axa in 2007 and became Bluefin Mr Chamberlain launched a consultancy firm called Ultimate Succession, which eventually evolved into his consolidation business.

As of this month, Succession’s national wealth management and platform business has £4.5bn in funds under management with a further £8bn in the back books of its affiliated membership.

Last year Succession received investment of more than £25m from HSBC and its existing shareholders towards its strategy of buying the best 50 firms from its affiliated membership by the end of 2017.

damian.fantato@ft.com

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