Tekla Capital Management LLC (Tekla) announced today that it has completed the sale of its advisory business to abrdn Inc. In addition, effective close of regular business, abrdn was approved as manager to four NYSE listed healthcare and biotech thematic closed-end funds, totaling $2.8 bn in assets under management (AUM) as of October 26, 2023.
In connection with the transaction, the Tekla team previously responsible for the management of the Funds has joined abrdn to form abrdn’s healthcare and life sciences investment team.
The Funds will continue to be managed in accordance with their existing investment objectives and strategies, by the same team of Boston-based investment professionals pursuing the same investment philosophy and employing the same investment process that has served the Funds well through the years. Effective November 2, 2023, the Funds will commence trading on the NYSE under the new fund names:
Current Fund Name
New Fund Name
Tekla Healthcare Investors
abrdn Healthcare Investors
Tekla Life Sciences Investors
abrdn Life Sciences Investors
Tekla Healthcare Opportunities Fund
abrdn Healthcare Opportunities Fund
Tekla World Healthcare Fund
abrdn World Healthcare Fund
The Funds and their shareholders will benefit from abrdn’s expertise as a global investment firm with 2,344 investment professionals and anticipated expense savings as a result of abrdn’s scale and resources. abrdn is a leader in closed-end funds, with $31.1 billion* in US and UK listed closed-end funds under management. 
abrdn is a global investment company that helps clients and customers plan, save and invest for the future. abrdn’s purpose is to enable its clients to be better investors. abrdn manages and administers £496bn of assets for clients (as at 30 June 2023). abrdn is structured around three businesses – Investments, Adviser and Personal – focused on their changing needs. The capabilities in abrdn’s Investments business are built on the strength of its insight – generated from wide-ranging research, worldwide investment expertise and local market knowledge. abrdn’s teams collaborate across regions, asset classes and specialisms, connecting diverse perspectives and working with clients to identify investment opportunities that suit their needs. As at 30 June 2023, abrdn’s Investments business manages £368bn on behalf of clients – including insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, independent wealth managers, pension funds, platforms, banks and family offices. For more information, please visit www.abrdn.com.
 As of June 16, 2023
 As of 17 July 2023
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