Ken Murray

Aston Lark Ireland strengthens mortgage broking offering with acquisition of Finance Solutions

Aston Lark Ireland, a subsidiary of Howden, has announced its acquisition of Kegra Limited, trading as “Finance Solutions,” a move that significantly bolsters its presence in the mortgage broking market. The acquisition, pending regulatory approval, marks a strategic expansion for Aston Lark Ireland, enhancing its financial services offerings.

Founded in 2011 by Ken Murray, Finance Solutions is a Dublin-based financial services company that has established itself as a trusted provider of financial advice.

Specialising in mortgage broking, the company also offers tailored financial solutions, including life cover, income protection, investments, and pensions.

With a team of 40 professionals, Finance Solutions serves approximately 7,000 clients and has been a consistent recipient of industry recognition, securing the Brokers Ireland Mortgage Broker Expert award for three consecutive years.

Following Howden’s acquisition of SPF Private Clients (SPF) in 2023, a prominent UK mortgage broker, Finance Solutions will be integrated into the Howden Ireland structure. Collaborating closely with SPF, Finance Solutions aims to enhance and expand its service portfolio.

Aston Lark Ireland CEO Robert Kennedy said: “Finance Solutions is a standout business in its sector, highly regarded as one of the best mortgage brokers in Ireland, and passionate about delivering the very best outcomes for clients.” He emphasised the shared values of care for clients and employees between Finance Solutions and Aston Lark, underscoring the synergy brought about by this strategic move.

Murray, founder and managing director of Finance Solutions, added: “It is a significant milestone for Finance Solutions and will cement our position as one of Ireland’s leading mortgage brokers.”