In this episode of the M&A playbook, James Fisher, JD, VP of M&A and Principal at FP Transitions, shares why your leading next-gen talent should be included in your decisions to buy, sell, or merge your business. As future leaders and owners of your business, you should consider their opinions and priorities for the future of the business.
The decision to sell a financial services practice is a difficult one for any advisor to make. After a lifetime of work to build your business, and after years of earning your clients’ trust, how do you turn the job over to someone else? Will they work as hard as you have? Will they care as much as you do? Will they always put your clients’ interests first? When selling your practice, you get just one chance to do it right. The following case study provides some unique insights into the process and illustrates the opportunities, and the mistakes, that many first time sellers make:
This week's playbook highlights very important insights for first time borrowers from our friend Susie McEuen at Oak Street Funding.
What makes a financial services firm more desirable on the open market?
Experienced business owners recognize the importance of tracking and monitoring their firm's value over time. They know this business is one of their largest assets, and by measuring and monitoring it, they are enabling its growth, protecting its value, and ensuring a sustainable - and profitable - future. Understanding value and monitoring it over time is the starting point for every business plan: organic growth, acquisition, succession, talent recruitment, everything.
M&A Gusto Continues: FP Transitions Rallies to Meet Demand
Independent advisory firms continue to tap FP Transitions for valuation, transaction support and non-advocacy consulting on mergers, sales and acquisitions.
National wealth management consulting firm, FP Transitions, reports a continuous surge in independent financial advisor mergers, sales and acquisitions. With deal flow rivaling that of last year, the company adds another round of lawyers, analysts and industry consultants to its M&A and consulting teams. With more than 70 inquiries for each opportunity, FP Transitions’ data shows market demand continues to outpace supply, and is further fueled by a growing appetite of next generation owners (G2s) engaging in ownership earlier than prior generations.
This momentum of G2s seeking ownership paths has created greater opportunity in the independent space, and FP Transitions’ CEO and principal, Brad Bueermann, cites a ripple effect across the industry. “For decades, FP Transitions has focused on preparing both owners and next generation owners to establish, build and transition firms from one leadership team to the next. What we’re seeing now is a culmination of those efforts meeting the essential demands of 100,000 advisors gearing up for retirement by 2042.” Of these retiring advisors, Cerulli data indicates nearly 45% are planning an internal transfer of ownership to an employee or family member.
Price is usually the most difficult hurdle for buyers and sellers to overcome. The value of a business is different for each party participating in a transaction and is based on opinion and the specific set of circumstances for each individual. Price, on the other hand, is the number at which the transaction is executed. Yes, value informs price, but it is not the only influencer. Price is also the result of good faith negotiations between buyer and seller. While negotiation does not necessarily impact each party’s perception of value, it allows for dialogue so that both sides arrive at a price where the value for each individual overlaps and a mutually beneficial deal can be struck.
If you are preparing to become the successor of an RIA firm, you may have a lot of questions and concerns about how to negotiate the best deal and what lending options are available to help you finance the succession.
To help you answer these questions, Alicia Chandler, President and Susie McEuen, Strategic Markets Vice President of Oak Street Funding sat down with FP Transitions’ Director of Valuations, Aaron Wells, and CFO, Eric Leeper, to share their insights and tips on what successors need to know.
What we wish everyone knew about succession planning.
We sat down with lenders, analysts and valuation experts to talk about what really happens in succession planning. Four seasoned professionals weighed in, and the answers are remarkably candid.
Many advisors forget to view their financial advisory business as their largest personal asset. Focusing on clients is imperative, but caring for your firm is also an exceptionally important part of this. Leveraging experts like FP Transitions to develop a robust and tailored succession plan means hiring a team of professionals who know every. single. thing. about succession planning for financial advisors.
It’s the dream scenario for a lot of financial professionals: business ownership. It sounds great, right? It means you get to make important business decisions, make more money, be the boss, and enjoy the freedoms that come with it.
It’s all true, but there is so much more to being a business owner. Your investments of time, energy, and money can come back to you in tremendous profits and satisfaction. There are also obligations that go along with the perks. Riding the highs and lows, responsibility for your team, and getting involved in every aspect of the business.
Building a business from scratch takes patience, resilience, and risks. Earning a place in the ownership circle of an existing business takes focus, commitment, and ingenuity. But the real question is: Are you ready to be an owner?
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