Category: M&A

16 posts categorized as "M&A"


The Fear of Change, Part 1: The Emotions of an M&A Transaction

September 27, 2019

The Fear of Change: A 3-Part Series for RIAs As the RIA industry matures, consolidates, grows, and evolves, many of our clients contemplate M&A transactions, changing their technologies or workflows, or they may strive to break away from their current employer to build their own RIA.  We focus our attention on building and improving the…

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Two Key Ingredients to a Proper M&A Strategy

June 27, 2019

Not a day goes by that the RIA press isn’t reporting on another merger or acquisition.  At industry conferences, the panels discussing M&A are the most highly attended.  With more and more outside capital circling, everyone wants in on the RIA M&A game. Given this is an industry-wide trend, why do we only see press…

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Book Review: The Financial Advisor M&A Guidebook

April 24, 2019

PFI Advisors has written a lot around the operational side of M&A, and how important it is for firms to think through not only deal structure and valuation, but the planning process around integrating the two firms into one cohesive company once the deal closes.  As Chris Voss, former FBI hostage negotiator states in his…

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5 Building Blocks to Becoming a Successful Buyer

March 22, 2019

There are more than 12,000 SEC-registered investment advisors[1] in the United States trying to differentiate and grow their businesses across the competitive and fragmented RIA space – a veritable Wild West of firms at the forefront of change. RIAs are not only competing with each other but also the deep pockets, expansive advisor networks and sophisticated…

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PFI Advisors & DeSola Group Present: The 5 Building Blocks to Branding Yourself a Successful Buyer

February 28, 2019

As we announce our latest co-written white paper, we thought we would first share some background research and history put into this particular M&A thought leadership piece.  While this is the first time we have formally partnered with another industry leader in writing a joint paper, Mergers & Acquisitions is hardly a new topic of…

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PFI Advisors and Laserfiche Join WealthManagement.com to Discuss “M&A Through the Operational Lens”

August 1, 2018

We have been long-time proponents of the notion that RIAs need top tier technology infrastructure to support growth through M&A.  Many would-be Buyers mistakenly think, “If I’m the one writing the check, it is the Seller who needs to impress me.”  What they often fail to realize is that the current M&A market for RIAs…

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PFI ADVISORS ANNOUNCED AS FINALIST IN TWO CATEGORIES OF THE WEALTHMANAGEMENT.COM INDUSTRY AWARDS

May 30, 2018

We are excited to announce that PFI Advisors has been selected as a Finalist in WealthManagement.com’s 2018 Industry Awards for our retainer-based COO Resource offering, as well as for our M&A white paper, Becoming a Professional Buyer, Part 2. Our COO Resource is intended to help RIAs in five different scenarios: Newly-Launched, such as breakaway…

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Harnessing RIA M&A strategies for growth

May 11, 2018

With the RIA industry setting itself up for further consolidation based on the macro trends impacting the industry, the opportunity for peer-to-peer M&A activity is increasing dramatically. Multiple industry studies are anticipating record levels of deal-making in 2018, with volumes expected to increase dramatically in the years to come. Scale is becoming critical for RIAs…

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PFI Advisors White Paper: Becoming a Professional Buyer Part 2

April 5, 2018

We are excited to present the latest installment in our “Becoming a Professional Buyer” research series.  This white paper highlights five industry leaders and the lessons they have learned from their varied experiences in the M&A arena: Aspiriant, Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors, EP Wealth Advisors, Mercer Advisors, and Parallel Advisors. We hope you enjoy the…

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Broker Protocol News: Opportunity for Savvy RIAs

November 6, 2017

Last week’s news of Morgan Stanley exiting the Broker Protocol, most likely encouraging other major wirehouses to follow suit, elicited a knee-jerk reaction. Advisors and industry professionals alike speculated that the party is over; this will put an end to the wave of advisors breaking away from the employee model of the banks and brokerage…

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