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Smithson Investment Trust is the biggest UK investment company launch ever

17 October 2018

Smithson Investment Trust raises £822.5m.

Smithson Investment Trust has raised £822.5m, placing it top of the list of the biggest UK investment company launches.

Ian Sayers, Chief Executive of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) said: “It’s a testament to the strength of the investment company structure that Smithson Investment Trust has raised so much money, becoming the largest UK investment company at launch. Clearly, the closed-ended structure allows managers to pursue long-term focussed strategies without having to worry about redemptions.”



Largest UK investment company launches

Prior to the launch of Smithson Investment Trust, the largest UK investment company launch was Woodford Patient Capital in April 2015 raising £800m. The next largest UK investment company on launch, BioPharma Credit, raised £606m last year.




AIC sector

Total assets (£m)



Smithson Investment Trust

Global Smaller Companies




Woodford Patient Capital

UK All Companies




BioPharma Credit

Sector Specialist: Debt




Mercury European Privatisation





Kleinwort European Privatisation

Pan Europe



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