MUFG Bank Acquires 15.55% Stake in Robo-Advisor WealthNavi for US$104M

MUFG Bank Acquires 15.55% Stake in Robo-Advisor WealthNavi for US$104M

by February 15, 2024

MUFG Bank, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, has acquired a 15.55% stake in robo-advisor WealthNavi for approximately 15.65 billion yen (104.15 million), marking a strategic move to bolster its digital financial services.

This capital and business alliance aims to leverage MUFG Bank‘s extensive customer network and WealthNavi’s expertise in automated investment advice to enhance the financial offerings available to consumers.

Under the terms of the agreement, MUFG Bank’s investment not only secures a significant shareholding in WealthNavi but also sees the bank planning to nominate a director to the latter’s board, subject to shareholder approval. This step is designed to ensure close collaboration and the smooth execution of the partnership’s objectives.

The alliance is part of MUFG’s broader strategy to embrace digital transformation and improve customer experience through advanced technology. WealthNavi brings to the table its proven track record in helping individuals build diversified investment portfolios for long-term wealth growth.

The partnership will focus on the development of a money advisory platform, aimed at offering comprehensive financial solutions that cater to the evolving needs of customers throughout their lifetimes.

The collaboration between MUFG Bank and WealthNavi builds on their existing relationship, with an enhanced focus on digital asset management solutions, including WealthNavi’s robo-advisor service.

By combining their strengths, the two companies aim to address the growing demand for personalised financial services and support Japanese individuals in achieving sound asset management and financial planning.



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