Articles tagged "Luminous Capital"


Alan Zafran: Luminous nearly doubled assets in the past three-and-a half years under First Republic.

First Republic's $70B-plus RIA roll-up loses four top executives as its contract with Luminous team ticks down
Sources say another Great Hou-Sear Escape could be in the offing based on the team's clannish ways when it comes to technology

Monday 8.8.16
Matt Sonnen: There were only so many off-hours trips I could make through the service elevator.

A breakaway artist confesses the 'mistakes' he made in ushering PBIG's Hou-Sear team
With its elevators, synchronized watches, office space hijinks and voice-over IP, Luminous Capital was a virtuoso Merrill Lynch defection but not to Matt Sonnen

Tuesday 3.1.16
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
Jim Herbert: The answer is yes, a little bit.

The hornet's nest that a $25.9-billion AUM RIA owner stepped on and how much it cost
Ex-Merrill Lynch-owned First Republic and buyer of Luminous Capital underestimated the burdens of Dodd-Frank -- and the tolerance of Wall Street analysts

Thursday 7.17.14
Matt Sonnen: I made a lot of mistakes along the way, and I hope I can help others avoid those.

Focus Financial goes after $100-million wirehouse brokers after hiring five employees suited to the task
The big New York aggregator will put the brokers through a one-year seasoning process before placing them in RIA foster homes

Monday 4.15.13
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
Many of Paul Pagnato and David Karp's clientele have security concerns so they keep a low profile - including no photos.

Fearless Merrill Lynch team breaks away with $1 billion in broad daylight
Paul Pagnato and David Karp started their day in Washington DC and ended up in Reston, Va.

Tuesday 8.2.11
(Pictured in the center) Thong Nguyen: We’ve barely scratched the surface. (Also pictured) Dick Silverman, left, vice chairman, U.S. Trust, and Keith Banks, president, U.S. Trust and co-head, Private Wealth Management, Bank of America

U.S. Trust seeks to add hundreds of wealth managers with West Coast-facing poaching campaign
The challenges are obvious, but with Thong Nguyen directing the effort, the Old Money bank stands a chance in the land of nouveau riche, analysts say

Monday 1.3.11
Andrew Malloy: We’ve done the heavy lifting.

Luminous Capital makes partners of on-the-loose former Shepherd Kaplan wealth managers
Adding Malloy and Conte was not part of the big LA-based RIA's carefully scripted plans

Monday 10.18.10
Jim Sotell: Fees that were hidden are coming to the surface. That will put RIAs on a more level playing field with brokers in the retirement plan business.

How the new 12b(1) fee restrictions could transform the financial advisory industry
Brokers selling 401(k) plans may have another nail driven into their coffin

Thursday 7.22.10
Custodians are aggressively hiring good talent to keep up with RIA demand. Schwab's hire of Nick Georgis was a good example of that.

Part II: The things 11 through 20 that show the RIA market is really heating up in 2010
Everything from New York Times recognition to accelerating executive hires suggest the RIA realm is getting hot

Tuesday 3.23.10
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
Jim Pratt-Heaney:[Making acquisitions] would be very difficult [to do] on our own.

RIAs join Focus Financial with their own acquisition plans
Making purchases is much less scary with a big roll-up at your side

Wednesday 12.16.09
Charles Goldman: Service and knowledge of clients’ accounts is not the place to skim.

Goldman aims to make red carpet service for RIAs universal at Fidelity Investments
Boston investing giant is showering tip-top clients in service but it won't stop there, advisor exec says

Tuesday 11.24.09
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
David Hou: His dad says he worries alot.   Mark Sear: "I was sweating."

(Part 3 of 3-part series) Hou-Sear team makes house calls in five states
Clients embrace idea of new RIA with quick signings

Wednesday 9.30.09
David Hou and Mark Sear: Our biggest fear was that Merrill Lynch would find out and fire us, Sear says.

(Part 2 of 3-part series) Hou-Sear team can't always beat RIAs so it joins them
Why Hou-Sear turned down $60 million to start Luminous

Monday 9.28.09
David Hou and Mark Sear started together at Goldman Sachs and maintained that 24/7 culture in their partnership

(Part 1 of 3-part series) Merrill Lynch stars take a leap of faith to a new office -- and independence.
Breakaway for $20 million producers begins with cell phone chat from empty office

Thursday 9.24.09
Mark Sear [left in dark blue shirt] and David Hou[right in dark blue shirt] : It took a year to get these smiles

Coming Soon: Multi-Part Series on the Hou-Sear departure from Merrill Lynch
Intensity of breakaway was unprecedented, lawyers and custody execs say

Friday 9.18.09

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