Cathie Wood’s Ark Buys Rize ETF in Big Bet on European Growth

Cathie Wood’s Ark Investment Management has acquired a fellow exchange-traded fund issuer in its biggest push yet into Europe’s nascent market for trend-driven investing.

Ark, which has roughly $25 billion in assets, purchased thematic issuer Rize ETF Limited from United Kingdom-based asset manager AssetCo, according to a press release Tuesday. Rize managed more than $450 million across its 11 ETFs through the end of August, the release said.

With its first-ever acquisition of a money manager, Ark is seeking to tap into the region’s “growing appetite for active ETFs,” according to Ark’s website. Europe’s ETF market has grown to $1.6 trillion, compared to less than $500 billion a decade ago, Bloomberg Intelligence data show.

As part of the deal, Rize’s name and brand will be phased out in favor of “Ark Invest Europe,” which will serve as the hub for Ark’s expansion into Europe and the UK. Ark declined to provide details on how much it paid to acquire the issuer.

Ark’s purchase of Rize is one of several similar moves across the industry in the increasingly saturated ETF market, which houses roughly $7.4 trillion across nearly 3,300 US-listed funds. TCW Group announced plans to buy Engine No. 1’s $600 million ETF franchise in July to break into the business. In 2022, AXS Investments LLC acquired ETFs from Tuttle Capital and Change Finance in an effort to gain scale.

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