Finance Solutions specialises in mortgage broking, as well as providing customised financial solutions like life cover, income protection, investments and pensions
The Howden Group, which acquired UK mortgage broker SPF Private Clients in 2022, is expanding further into the mortgage market with the acquisition of Dublin-based financial services firm Finance Solutions.
Finance Solutions, founded in 2011 by Ken Murray, specialises in mortgage broking, as well as providing customised financial solutions like life cover, income protection, investments and pensions. The business serves around 7,000 clients with 40 members of staff.
Aston Lark Ireland, which will rebrand to Howden Ireland in coming weeks, has agreed terms to acquire Finance Solutions subject to regulatory approval. Finance Solutions will become a part of the Howden Ireland structure.
Robert Kennedy, Aston Lark Ireland’s Chief Executive Officer, said: I am glad to welcome Ken and all the team at Finance Solutions on board. Finance Solutions is a stand-out business in its sector, highly regarded as one of the best mortgage brokers in Ireland, and passionate about delivering the best outcomes for clients. Their reputation and shared value of care – care for our clients and people make them an incredible addition to the Aston Lark and Howden business.
Mark Harris, chief executive of SPF Private Clients, said: We are looking forward to working closely with Ken and his team in assisting them develop their proposition, given the similarities between our markets.
Ken Murray, founder and MD of Finance Solutions, said: Our growth over the last 12 years has surpassed expectations, and this acquisition allows us to further facilitate that growth. It is an important landmark for Finance Solutions and will strengthen our position as one of Ireland’s leading mortgage brokers. It shows the confidence that exists in our offering, our people and in the opportunities for growth within the market here. Aston Lark and Howden’s experience, network and support will let us create more choices and an even better experience for our valued customers while still maintaining the trusted advice and personal touch for which Finance Solutions is known.