Reverence Capital Closes Advisor Group Acquisition
Reverence Capital Partners, a private investment firm focused on investing in financial services businesses, has announced the completion of its acquisition of Advisor Group, Inc., a leading independent wealth management platform, which supports over 7,000 financial advisors with $272 billion of client assets.
“This transaction solidifies our commitment to serving independent advisors and their clients as Reverence Capital is a well-resourced, growth-oriented partner with wealth management expertise and industry relationships,” stated Jamie Price, Advisor Group President and CEO. “We have a shared vision and understand the importance of continuously investing in technology, product innovation, and operational resources that drive success for our financial advisors.”
Milton Berlinski, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Reverence Capital, said, “We strongly believe in the growth opportunity in the wealth management industry and are excited to be backing an industry leader. Advisor Group is a premier platform uniquely positioned to capitalize on attractive secular trends. We are investing in a strong and experienced management team, and we look forward to building a successful partnership that benefits all parties.”
Valerie Brown, who will remain an investor and a member of the Board of Directors of Advisor Group, added, “Given their deep understanding of the industry and the needs of our advisors, Reverence Capital is an ideal partner. We have a solid foundation and are committed to pursuing steady growth and serving our advisors.”
As part of the transaction, Advisor Group, in coordination with Reverence Capital, has established a unique advisor recognition program.
Under the terms of the agreement, Reverence Capital and its affiliates, alongside Advisor Group employees and financial advisors, purchased 100% of the Company. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Barclays Capital served as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as legal counsel to Advisor Group. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP acted as legal counsel to Reverence Capital.
The deal should boost the firm's LME operations in Germany, say officials.
The deal entails the acquisition of three of the firm's brokerage businesses.
Schwab estimates a $1.8B to $2B run-rate expense synergies within three years of the deal's close.
The acquisition extends the vendor's SaaS offerings to private debt markets.
The purchase should bolster the firm's trading technology and quantitative research.