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David Selig: We worked to figure out what to do when both firms competed for the same clients. Finally, we just decided to compete.

Two RIA M&A firms merge -- sort of -- when they're not competing head-to-head
Park Sutton and Advice Dynamics Partners are trying out the power of two, without too much heavy paperwork

Tuesday 1.19.16
Michael J. Cleary: One of the things our clients are going to be looking for in the next five to 10 years is what's next for Cleary Gull.

An $8.4 billion wealth manager emerges in Milwaukee after old RBC spinoff, Cleary Gull, finds local love
Johnson Financial Group adds 40 advisors and $2.1 billion but does a reverse branding merger

Thursday 1.7.16
Hellman & Friedman managing director Allen Thorpe was onboard during LPL's turbo-growth years.

Why the PE that helped take LPL public now controls Edelman Financial and plans to invest more heavily
Hellman & Friedman has assumed lead-player status from Lee Equity Partners, the latest move in key-man Ric Edelman's uphill quest to make himself obsolete

Monday 10.12.15
Barbara Yastine left Ally Bank CEO role in June after the shares fell below the IPO price.

After pocketing $5.2 million in 2014 comp as Ally Bank CEO, Barbara Yastine joins Lebenthal as Frank Campanale exits
Alexandra Lebenthal takes the co-CEO role of the wealth manager and she intends to woo more female advisors

Monday 9.21.15
Jim Nesci: If 1% of our customers were turned into wealth management clients, it's a new mechanism to feed a new business.

Why a suburban New Jersey bank and a white-shoe $1.3 billion RIA found love in Morrristown
A lousy lending market is stunting Beacon Trust's revenues; enter The MDE Group with its revenue-rich 200 ultra-wealthy clients

Wednesday 1.28.15
Ric Edelman: Our thought was we'd hire a COO who could turn in a few years into a CEO. We've decided to accelerate that process now.

Wanted: New CEO for Edelman Financial whose name is not Ric Edelman
As Edelman grooms his firm for a sale, the timetable to replace himself at the chief exec spot fast-forwards by years

Friday 1.23.15
Robert Thomas: They knew what they were doing.

Marty Bicknell buys a $1.1 billion RIA that serves the mass affluent, and taps credit for the first time
In buying Vantage with borrowed funds, 'liquidity' per se was not the issue for Mariner Wealth; speed of execution was

Wednesday 1.7.15
Frank Campanale: When you find competent private bankers in almost every case they have been successful at bringing business over and growing substantially.

How Frank Campanale's heist, so to speak, of young BNY Mellon Wealth Management stars fits into a bold millennial strategy
The morphed E.F. Hutton venture that is now Lebenthal looks like anything but a retirement home for dusty old brokers from yesteryear

Thursday 8.7.14
Clayton G. Deutsch: If you know Peter Raimondi, you know we're not going to sit on cruise control.

As Boston Private and Banyan Partners merge, the Big Three roll-ups become the Big Four
Banyan's Peter Raimondi will lead the combined entity that could morph into a fearsome acquirer

Thursday 7.17.14
Marty Bicknell: They're young and growth-oriented. They're not selling to sell.

How a Kansas wealth manager ate New York -- or at least one of its big advisory firms -- owned by an Arthur Andersen orphan
In latest RIA taunt to Wall Street, Marty Bicknell ends an 11-month deal moratorium by placing his Mariner flag in the Big Apple

Thursday 12.5.13
Waltham is in the Boston wealth belt -- close enough to the Hub but far enough away to spread out in a glassy building.

A $1.2-billion RIA is born on the Rt. 128 altar as two $600-million-AUM firms -- one in hyper-growth mode by Fidelity referrals -- get hitched
Spawned from an away breakfast, the deal of Argent Wealth Management and Pillar Financial Advisors financed a succession, forestalled death on the vine and set the stage for accelerated growth

Friday 11.15.13
Mark Hurley: The goal for us is not to build up and flip.

After more than two years of radio silence, Mark Hurley pings with a stake-taking in an under-the-radar RIA
The writer of firebrand reports describes his own company as 'boring' -- questionably -- but lately has lived up to his billing

Friday 8.23.13
James "Chip" Mahan: If you ask any banker about the SBA, they'll say it's messy with a lot of paperwork and sometimes the SBA won't pay. But we disagree.

Fidelity's M&A program reload looks 'game-changing' after it partners with a middleman to get Uncle Sam to guarantee RIA deals
The piece de resistance is a maverick-owned North Carolina bank with an RIA-savvy ex-Schwabbie and software that fights SBA red tape

Thursday 6.20.13
Richard Yoken:  I’ve always decided to fly under the radar and now we don’t mind being picked up over the radar.

A $1 billion RIA in the NY burbs got there without marketing now Focus Financial is assigned the makeover
Portfolio Strategy Group sells to the New York-based RIA umbrella and a website is the first order of business

Friday 2.1.13
Jon Beatty says many advisors are still more fixated on tending to nervous clients than doing deals.

The RIA M&A market stumbled in 2012, but giants were not deterred, Schwab end-of-year data shows
M&A activity still sickly slow by some reckonings, but harbingers of mating activity abound

Monday 1.28.13
Marty Bicknell: If the phone rings, we'll be opportunistic.

Marty Bicknell self-declares a slowdown after bringing on $700 million more of RIA assets to punctuate an epic streak of deals
The Mariner CEO's personal barnstorming led to more than tripling his firm's assets from $2 billion to $6.5 billion with Brinton Eaton as 2012's finishing touch

Thursday 12.6.12
Valerie Newell is young, ambitious and happy to hand off some headaches to Marty Bicknell. She says: We want to continue to do what we've done.

With as much finesse as cash, Marty Bicknell wins a $1.3 billion RIA in an auction-style contest
Mariner Wealth Advisors brushed aside a host of competitive bids to absorb Cincinnati-based RiverPoint -- a rare jewel for its size, quality and availability

Tuesday 10.30.12

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