Wilmington Trust Selected by Franklin Templeton to Provide Administration to Collective Investment Funds

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Wilmington Trust’s back office support will allow Franklin Templeton to focus on its strategic asset management and retirement priorities.

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It’s an exciting time to be in the retirement plan industry as advisors, asset managers, and plan sponsors search for investment vehicles that meet their unique needs.

Wilmington Trust, N.A. has been selected by Franklin Templeton Investments to provide administration, transfer agent, and custody services to its existing collective investment funds, which have approximately $5.5 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2017. Wilmington Trust’s back office support will allow Franklin Templeton to focus on its strategic asset management and retirement priorities, while its affiliated trust company, Fiduciary Trust International of the South, a Florida chartered trust company, remains the trustee for the funds.

Wilmington Trust and Franklin Templeton Investments have launched additional trusts in strategies that have strong demand from retirement plan advisors and their clients like Templeton Foreign and Franklin Growth.

“It’s an exciting time to be in the retirement plan industry as advisors, asset managers, and plan sponsors search for investment vehicles that meet their unique needs,” said Rob Barnett, administrative vice president and head of Retirement Distribution at Wilmington Trust. “We’re thrilled to continue to support the growth of collective investment funds as a critical investment vehicle for 401(k) retirement advisors and plan sponsors.”

Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management to retail, institutional and sovereign wealth clients in over 170 countries. Through specialized teams, the firm has expertise across all asset classes—including equity, fixed income, alternative and custom solutions. The company’s more than 650 investment professionals are supported by its integrated, worldwide team of risk management professionals and global trading desk network. With offices in more than 30 countries, the California-based company has 70 years of investment experience and over $753 billion in assets under management as of Dec. 31, 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.FranklinTempleton.com.

ABOUT WILMINGTON TRUST
Wilmington Trust, N.A. provides Corporate and Institution services including institutional trustee, retirement plan, agency, asset management, and administrative services for clients worldwide who use capital markets financing structures. Wilmington Trust N.A.’s Institutional Retirement Services division provides directed trustee, custody, and fiduciary services for retirement plans, companies, foundations, organizations, and financial institutions. Wilmington Trust is a leader in the collective investment fund market with over $25 billion in assets under administration across funds managed by more than 30 sub-advisors and available on more than 35 trading platforms.

Wilmington Trust maintains offices throughout the United States and internationally in London, Dublin, and Frankfurt. For more information, visit http://www.WilmingtonTrust.com.

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Wilmington Trust is a registered service mark. Wilmington Trust Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of M&T Bank Corporation. Wilmington Trust Company, operating in Delaware only, Wilmington Trust, N.A., M&T Bank and certain other affiliates, provide various fiduciary and non-fiduciary services, including trustee, custodial, agency, investment management and other services. International corporate and institutional services are offered through Wilmington Trust Corporation's international affiliates. Loans, credit cards, retail and business deposits, and other business and personal banking services and products are offered by M&T Bank, member FDIC.

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