Fidelity reports there were 127 registered investment adviser merger or acquisition transactions during all of 2019, which is up 44% over 2018.
The plaintiffs are concerned the combination of the two largest custodian companies in the U.S. will harm independent wealth managers as well as consumers, due to decreased competition in an already concentrated marketplace.
The all-stock transaction is valued at approximately $26 billion; while subject to various closing conditions, the deal is expected to close successfully by the middle of next year.
The global insurance firm continues to grow its stable of retirement plan specialists with the addition of two New York-based advisers.
Linking health care and wealth management; maximizing practice efficiency and cross-selling opportunities; addressing individuals' insurance and financial wellness needs—Hub’s new retirement plan specialist advisers hope to do all of this and more.
The firms’ leaders say they have complementary capabilities and talent to enhance the combined organization’s services for advisers.
Deal volume and value eased during the third quarter after an “unprecedented” first half of 2019.
Registered investment adviser-focused deal volume for the first three quarters of 2019 has already surpassed last year’s total activity for the channel, according to Fidelity Clearing and Custody Solutions.
David Reich, Hub retirement and private wealth, says the latest acquisition will help the firm improve its retirement planning and financial wellness capabilities.
Hub International’s buying streak of retirement specialist brokerage and advisory firms continues.
WhartonHill’s leaders say they will also continue their partnership with both Global Retirement Partners and LPL Financial, “and look forward to expanding that relationship going forward.”
Hub’s buying streak of established retirement plan advisory firms continues with the acquisition of EPIC Retirement Services Consulting in New York.
“We're excited for Barbara Delaney and the team to join Hub,” said David Reich, National President, Hub Retirement and Private Wealth.
With the acquisition of Washington Financial Group, HUB International has made public the first of a series of significant anticipated acquisitions of Global Retirement Partners firms.
Principal is incorporating capabilities from the Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust platform into its own proprietary recordkeeping system, which will serve Principal and transitioning Wells Fargo customers moving forward.
PCS and Aspire, both founded nearly two decades ago with the common goal of providing specialized services to investment fiduciaries, will join together to achieve the benefits of scale in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
An interest in consolidating wealth management and institutional businesses drove many advisory industry M&A deals in the second quarter.
On the 12 transactions tracked by Fidelity in April 2019, 11 involved registered investment advisers and one involved an independent broker/dealer.