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6 March 2017

Proposed merger of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life.

Dear Adviser

Further to this morning
s announcement regarding the proposed merger of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life, I wanted to share our thoughts with you.

This proposed Merger combines Aberdeen and Standard Life’s complementary strengths to create a world-class investment group. I believe that it will

  • Harness Aberdeen and Standard Life’s complementary, market leading investment and savings capabilities which would deliver a more comprehensive product offering for all of our clients across developed and emerging market equities and fixed income, multi-asset, real estate and alternatives.
  • Reinforce both Standard Life’s and Aberdeen’s long-standing commitment to active management, underpinned by fundamental research, with both global reach and local depth of resources.
  • Establish one of the largest and most sophisticated investment solutions offerings globally, enabling the Combined Group to better meet your evolving needs.
  • Create an investment group with strong brands, leading institutional and wholesale distribution franchises, market leading platforms, giving you access to a greater choice of investment capabilities.
  • Bring scale, as one of the largest active investment managers globally with £660 billion of proforma assets under administration and financial strength, transforming the Combined Group’s ability to invest for growth, innovate and drive greater operational efficiency.

We anticipate that the proposed merger, which is subject to regulatory approval, and to the approval of the shareholders at a General Meeting, will be completed in Q3 2017. Both Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life share an underlying commitment to their respective clients and to the pursuit of investment excellence. Our key priority remains as always, in ensuring that the high level of service that you have come to expect is maintained.

We will keep you regularly updated with developments and if you would like to learn more about either company, please visit our websites - www.aberdeen-asset.com and www.standardlifeinvestments.com - or contact our people directly in the usual way.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you to create an even stronger relationship going forward.

Keith Skeoch
Chief Executive
Standard Life Plc


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