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November 6, 2012

$1.2 Billion RIA Breaks It Off with LPL

After 17 years, Waldron Wealth Management LLC is leaving LPL and moving its assets to Pershing and Fidelity in the belief that the change will enable the $1.2 billion-firm to better serve its ultrahigh-net-worth clients.

Leaders of the Bridgeville, Pa.-based firm say they were happy at LPL Financial but were seeking more sophisticated processes to meet the needs of its high-end business. Of 140 clients, about 25 are multi-family office clients whose assets are typically around $20 million. According to Barron’s 2012 ranking, Waldron’s typical client has $7.5 million in assets and a net worth of $15 million. Both Pershing Advisor Solutions LLC and Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services offer family-office services, a feature that LPL currently lacks.

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November 4, 2012

A $5.5 Billion LA-Based RIA is Getting Purchased by First Republic Bank

First Republic Bank will acquire Los Angeles-based wealth management firm Luminous Capital for an undisclosed cash price. The San Francisco-based bank is buying Luminous, with $5.5 billion in assets under management, to make it part of First Republic Investment Management Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the bank. Luminous Capital Holdings LLC is an independent wealth advisor.

First Republic expands its Private Wealth Management assets under management to $29 billion. David DeVoe, CEO of DeVoe & Company, believes the deal may have contained some irresistible aspects for the Luminous partners.

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April 30, 2012

John Furey is Creating a Think-Tank out of six big RIAs

A group of six RIAs with a combined $18 billion in assets — including Ron Carson — has formed a study group, dubbed aRIA (The Alliance for RIAs), to investigate inorganic growth. 

The group was conceived, and is managed, by John Furey, principal of Advisor Growth Strategies LLC. These firms will meet on a regular basis, sharing ideas and suggestions as well as their own war stories about bringing other advisors to their firms. But the idea is not to rely on firms that have their business model based on making acquisitions.

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