The Lifestyle Succession Plan The Lifestyle Succession Plan

A "Lifestyle Succession Plan" is an internal transition that reflects the way most advisors work, live, and eventually retire. The idea is to set up a gradual transition from one generation of owners to the next. This plan reflects the values and needs of the founders while building an enduring business.

Internal Succession  |   Business Growth


Merger White Paper Mergers: A Focus on the "M" in "M&A"

Mergers create an opportunity for two or more practices to come together, combining staff, strengths, and cash flows, expanding virtually overnight into a larger, stronger business. In this white paper you will discover how different mergers can work for you plus a comprehensive strategy for executing a successful merger.

Business Growth  |   Acquisition  |   Next Generation


Structuring the Deal Structuring the Deal

One of the most common mistakes that financial advisors make in the merger and acquisitions (M&A) space is to treat every sale or acquisition target the same way. In this white paper we discuss the importance of applying the appropriate approach, documentation, and deal terms to each unique transition. 

Deal Structure  |   External Sale |   Acquisition


Continuity Planning White Paper Continuity Planning

Proper continuity planning is one of the most important, and most overlooked aspects in most financial advisory practices. This white paper covers the best practices for continuity plans - for practices of all sizes. Included are basic Dos and Don'ts, how often you should update your plan, and how to find a continuity partner.

Continuity Planning  |   Business Growth


Transforming Your Practice into a Business White Paper

Transforming Your Practice Into a Business

Building your business the right way is an important element to ensuring sustainability. Unfortunately, there are key elements many business owners forget to take into consideration – including compensation structure, equity pathways, cash flow, and entity set-up.

 

Business Growth  |   Entity & Business Structure  |   Internal Succession


Understanding the Value of Your Business Understanding the Value of Your Business

Owners–and prospective owners–need to accurately determine the value of their financial services practice, understand what drives that value, and learn how it can grow in order to effectively manage equity and build an enduring business. Value is the starting point for any successful growth strategy.

Valuation & Benchmarking  |  Business Growth


Financing to Fuel Growth and Acquisition - Working Capital Loans Financing to Fuel Growth, Acquisition, & Succession - Working Capital

A working capital loan can be used to boost business growth as you prepare your strategy whether it includes acquisition, internal succession, or otherwise. These loans are specifically designed with financial advisory businesses in mind with terms made it easier for long term growth. 

Business Growth  |   Acquisition  |   Internal Succession


Taxation of an Asset Sale Tax Treatment of an Asset Sale

Choosing between asset or stock sale usually comes down to whether the transaction is external or internal. An asset sale is appropriate for an external transition. Each asset is treated differently when it comes to taxation, so knowing what to expect from your sale will save you from any surprises as the deal progresses.

Tax & Regulatory Issues  |   External Sale   |   Exit Planning


Financing to Accelerate Your Succession Plan 

A buy-out loan can accelerate your exit plan, while a partial buy-in loa can facilitate your staged-succession. Both are designed specifically for financial advisors to reduce risk by moving the financing responsibility from seller to bank.

Internal Succession  |  Deal Structure & Documentation