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Matt Sonnen: I was employee zero at Luminous. I built the firm in the shadows outside of Merrill.

How the mastermind of the Luminous Capital breakaway is parlaying his cloak-and-dagger skills into 'Pure Financial Independence'
With his wife, Larissa, as sidearm, Matt Sonnen seeks to fulfill a niche for a service level between John Furey and Shirl Penney

Tuesday 1.19.16
Mark Sear says that referring clients to outside lenders was not working well for his firm.

First Republic pays a staggering sum for Luminous Capital, sources say, and shifts the breakaway and M&A games in the bargain
Recruiters are getting renewed interest from big wirehouse teams and the $125 million deal shows that breakaway brokers can realize big enterprise value in short order

Thursday 11.8.12
Mindy Diamond says the Luminous deal shows that the potential payday of selling an RIA far exceeds the transition packages paid by wirehouses and other firms.

How the Luminous deal is rocking the recruiting world -- and may set the stage for more fireworks
The former Merrill stars effected an outsized cash deal with First Republic, proving that independence can have monetary rewards to match the psychic ones

Thursday 11.8.12
David Hou helped lead the biggest-ever Merrill breakaway and now he's part of a long-term deal with First Republic Bank.

A $5.5 billion LA-based RIA is getting purchased by First Republic Bank
Luminous Capital has gone from a 2008 Merrill Lynch breakaway to a big bank puzzle piece in 2012

Monday 11.5.12
David Hou and Mark Sear  believe cold calls have a place at an RIA.

Hou-Sear team applies Goldman Sachs marketing approach in second year as RIAs
Luminous Capital uses intensive cold-calling and a breakaway strategy to augment giant referral flow

Tuesday 2.16.10
Brooke Southall: I asked John, 50, why he didn’t hire a financial advisor and he said that the system was “crooked” and “corrupt.”

What I learned about E*TRADE, Bank of America, Google and the Bubble Lounge during pre-holiday conversations
Just because a wirehouse broker doesn't win the account doesn't mean that another advisor will

Tuesday 12.22.09
Bob McCann is known not to overpromise

13 things to know about Bob McCann recruiting his old Merrill Lynch team to UBS
Move signals UBS executive's independence from his bosses back in Switzerland

Tuesday 11.10.09
Thomas McGuirk: I didn't like the person I was during those three months

The number one obstacle to completing a clean breakaway from a wirehouse
Leading a double life is not for the faint of heart

Monday 10.5.09

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