The Rise of Asia-Pacific’s Wealthtech Sector: A $2 Trillion Revolution by 2027

The Asia-Pacific’s Wealthtech sector is becoming a focal point of a remarkable surge in merger and acquisition activity in 2024. McKinsey & Company’s latest report projects a valuation exceeding $2 trillion by 2027, signalling an unprecedented era of transformation. With an annual growth rate of 25%, the sector is poised to triple or even quadruple its current assets under management.

Cross-border wealth management connectivity is also on the rise, with increasing flows to the leading Asian booking centres, that is, Hong Kong and Singapore. This surge is set to reshape the wealth management landscape, heralding an era of innovation and accessibility.

In this article we explore the rise of Asia-Pacific’s Wealthtech sector and the opportunities it presents for businesses looking to explore M&A in this growing sector in 2024.

Enhanced Technological Capabilities:

M&A transactions within the Wealthtech sector are often driven by the desire to acquire and integrate cutting-edge technological capabilities. Acquiring firms seek out companies with advanced digital apps and tools that leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other innovative technologies. This infusion of technological prowess aims to revolutionise the way retail investors engage with their wealth management strategies. These advancements translate into more sophisticated and efficient tools for investors to manage their portfolios, make informed decisions, and adapt to dynamic market conditions.

Tailored Solutions for Individual Investors:

M&A transactions within the Wealthtech sector often target companies with a strong focus on personalised experiences for investors. Direct-to-consumer platforms are attractive acquisition targets due to their emphasis on understanding individual investor preferences, risk appetites, and financial goals. The integration of such platforms into larger financial entities ensures that retail investors receive tailored solutions that align closely with their unique needs. This personalised approach not only enhances user satisfaction but also builds trust between investors and the evolving wealth management ecosystem.

Direct-to-Consumer Dominance:

In the evolving landscape of Asia-Pacific’s Wealthtech sector, the resurgence of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is prominently characterized by the ascendance of direct-to-consumer (D2C) platforms. These platforms, marked by their dynamic blend of pure digital and hybrid advisory models, have emerged as pivotal players in M&A transactions, redefining the wealth management landscape and emphasising personalised experiences for retail investors.

Innovative Technologies Driving M&A Growth:

The surge in merger and acquisition (M&A) activities within the Asia-Pacific’s Wealthtech sector is closely intertwined with the pursuit of innovative technologies. As the industry undergoes a profound transformation, the adoption and integration of cutting-edge technologies play a pivotal role in shaping the strategic landscape of M&A transactions, with a focus on enhancing efficiency, delivering personalised experiences, and staying at the forefront of financial innovation.

Integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI):

At the forefront of technological innovation driving M&A growth in the Wealthtech sector is the integration of artificial intelligence (AI). Acquiring firms seek out companies that leverage AI algorithms to analyse vast datasets, extract meaningful insights, and provide predictive analytics. AI not only enhances the accuracy of investment decisions but also contributes to the development of sophisticated robo-advisory platforms that can autonomously manage portfolios based on real-time market conditions and individual investor preferences.

Helix by HL, a generative AI assistant marked a new chapter in private market investing in 2023, with a $6m seed and investment, while Vyzer, a digital management platform nabbed $6.3m seed funding to supercharge Wealthtech with AI and is testament to how businesses in the FinTech space are bringing cutting-edge AI technology to the world of wealth.

Chris Brooke, FinTech M&A Advisor at Goldenhill International says:

“The financial landscape in the Asia-Pacific region is on the brink of a transformative era, with McKinsey & Company’s latest report projecting the Wealthtech sector to surpass a staggering $2 trillion valuation by 2027. This revelation comes as a testament to the sector’s robust annual growth rate of 25%, anticipated to triple or even quadruple its current assets under management.”

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As M&A activities continue to shape the industry, the integration of personalization strategies ensures that wealth management platforms not only meet the current expectations of investors but also evolve to anticipate and address their future needs in an ever-changing financial landscape.

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Author: Chris Brooke


Highly-experienced M&A advisor with a particular emphasis in the Fintech sector, market data and analytics including ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) software and data globally; assignments include working with leading privately held and listed businesses covering the Fintech, market data and ESG spectrum. In my career spanning more than 25 years, I have advised on Fintech M&A transactions in over 17 countries throughout the world. I work with both buyers and sellers of businesses in Fintech.

I held senior positions in business and corporate development, marketing, and product management in several Fintech companies prior to Goldenhill.

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