Mergers and acquisitions are a hot topic in the trade press these days. What then are the causes and formative factors behind the increased M&A activity being seen in the RIA industry landscape in recent months? Listen in to find out more.
Scott Dell’Orfano is Chief Strategic Officer at Congress Wealth Management. Mr. Dell’Orfano, who’s based in Jupiter, Florida, joined Congress Wealth Management from Boston Private Wealth, where he served as president and chief operating officer, who was responsible for corporate strategy and acquisitions. Prior to Boston Private Wealth, Mr. Dell’Orfano, was a member of the firm’s executive management team and served on the Boston Private Bank and Trust company’s policy group. Before joining Boston Private Wealth in 2014, Mr. Dell’Orfano was Executive Vice President of Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services Group.
I really feel like firms that can be crisp on what makes them different and what their value proposition is to clients makes a big difference. Firms that run efficiently and have efficiently run practices, so not over-leveraged, not over-technologized, not overstaffed. carry a higher multiple, and I think at the end of the day, the practitioners of the firms looking to sell, need to be able to articulate what is it they want do and what is it they’re good at, and what are some of the things that they want offload to the potential buyer.Scott Dell’Orfano, Chief Strategic Officer, Congress Wealth Management