Despite winning regulatory approval of the combination from the European Commission, Aon and Willis Towers Watson have reached an impasse with the U.S. Department of Justice, says Aon CEO Greg Case.
Empower will acquire Prudential’s DC, DB, non-qualified and rollover IRA business, in addition to its stable value and separate account investment products and platforms.
Over the past decade, the universe of retirement plan recordkeepers has contracted from about 400 to approximately 150, with no signs of slowing. Experts say one lesson learned in this time is that not all scale is created equal.
Even after years of accelerated consolidation of retirement plan advisory and wealth management firms, the pace of mergers and acquisitions is not letting up one bit.
The firm also intends to sell the Aon Retiree Health Exchange business to Alight, at least in part to head off potential antitrust concerns associated with its ongoing merger with Willis Towers Watson.
As part of the agreement, OneDigital Investment Advisors will assume responsibility for advising approximately $6 billion in assets held by over 200,000 American workers.
The rapid pace of retirement plan adviser acquisitions continues, with more and more well-established firms joining up with large national aggregators.
When it comes to succession planning amid record-setting merger and acquisition activity, understanding the different partnership opportunities emerging in the marketplace is essential to maximizing a firm’s equity value.
Ascensus CEO David Musto says the goal of the deal is not for his firm to radically shift its strategy or change its approach to doing business; instead, the transaction is about scale, resources and knowledge-sharing.
The deal adds to 2021’s record-setting pace for adviser industry mergers and acquisitions, while underscoring the emerging competitive pressures facing even sizable independent firms.
While there is still a learning curve when it comes to advisers understanding their role in the pooled employer plan marketplace, providers entering the space say the future is bright.
Strong market conditions, increased competition from buyers and favorable deals for sellers laid the foundation for the activity, according to the latest data published by Echelon Partners.
The sizable transaction exhibits the continued interest of private equity firms in the advisory and asset management space, while marking 2021 as a year of rapid M&A action that will almost certainly set a new record.
Most firm owners say they would prefer to ‘sell and stay’ for a defined period of time after a deal closes—and ultimately participate in the growth opportunities created by the combined entities.
Data from Echelon Partners shows the number of adviser or adviser team ‘breakaways’ declined by nearly 20% in 2020 versus 2019. However, 2019 set the record for breakaway activity.
PLANADVISER has learned that HUB International has named Joe DeNoyior as the new leader for Retirement and Private Wealth.
The acquisition is expected to be one of many that HUB will enact in 2021.
The average deal size grew significantly, as new players have flocked to the retirement advisory and wealth management industry over the past year.