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BREAKING: ML Loses High Profile $1.7B NYC Team to First Republic

The Thundering Herd continues its exodus out the door with one of the most high-profile teams in the nation. As the very first landmark departures in the 1st week of 2022, The Hirsch Stabile Group overseeing over $1.75BB in client balances and $8.2M in revenue suggests there is much more to come out of Merrill.

Adam Hirsch and Stephen Stabile were not only highly recognized as one of the youngest fastest-growing “Under 40” teams (see below) but also recognized in Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors 2021 list for the 3rd consecutive year (Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” February 2019, January 2020, February 2021). In addition, Stephen Stabile joined Merrill Lynch Wealth management in 2004 and was a member of and keynote speaker for the Merrill Lynch Optimal Practice Management Faculty where he provided training for the firm’s advisors nationally. He also was on a select committee of key teams nationally that actively engaged with Andy Seig regarding strategy to re-build culture, retain talent, and further the interests of advisors practices.

Roger Gershman CEO of The Gershman Group was instrumental in their search for a culture that matched the team’s desire to be part of a boutique firm with a more sophisticated approach to wealth management, opportunity to grow, and the end client user experience to be much more high touch. Gershman says, “First Republic Bank is a world-class bank whose reputation is nothing less than outstanding among its commercial lending clients allowing advisors to be fed significant referrals for growth.” Not only is its platform robust rivaling most any wirehouse, but the service is also demonstrably better. The economic deal packages happen to be more than icing on the cake. Gershman says, “the deal packages offered to the ‘right team’ does not compare to most anything offered in our industry.”

Also, Adam Hirsch who joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2006 has earned multiple recognition awards including:
*Financial Planning’s “Top 40 Advisors Under 40” List January 2021.
*On Wall Street –“Top 40 Under 40″ January 2020.
*Forbes “Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” July 2019 and July 2020.
*Forbes “Best-in-State Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” in September 2019.

The move displays how deep the level of frustration with Merrill/ Bank of America’s direction and the changing culture there. Quotes one confidential sourced advisor, “the firm caters to the lowest common denominator advisor.” He says, “it is no longer Mother Merrill that nurtured me and my business and now it’s only the BOA shareholders who see me as just another number.”

Sneaky Good – First Republic Continues To Win Head To Head Battles For Wirehouse Talent

First Republic is no longer a secret among elite advisors. The banks’ wealth management arm has stacked up big wins from every corner of the wealth management map.

As of late, they’ve been particularly successful with two firms, Merrill and Lynch. In our conversations with advisors engaged with First Republic the word ‘culture’ comes up a lot.

Of course, culture matters, but so does the sizable deal First Republic offers elite advisors. Over a seven-year period, the FRB offer can go as high as 500%. Wow. And 200% of it can be had as you walk in the door moments after resigning from your old firm.

Back to culture for a moment – Merrill advisors continue to seek out the types of firms that feel like Merrill use to feel; exclusive, collegial, and entrepreneurial. FRB fits that bill well, so winning recruiting battles should continue.

Expect more advisors from the firms, Merrill and Lynch, to find their way to FRB. :)

Massive Merrill Team Jumps To First Republic; Phil Scott Group In Washington State Take $2.7B In AUM To New Firm

A massive move occurred in the Pacific Northwest last week. The Phil Scott Group out of Merrill Lynch made the move to First Republic. The numerics surrounding the transaction are eye-popping all around and sent shockwaves through BofA/Merrill in that part of the country.

First, Mr. Scott was a 36 year veteran of Merrill Lynch an absolute ‘thundering herd’ lifer. He joined the firm out of the Naval Academy in 1984 and seemingly never considered leaving. That all changed last week. Chatter in Seattle and the surrounding wealth management organizations was abuzz given the largess of Mr. Scott and his team.

The numbers are just are even bigger than the surprise move: $18M in annual revenue and $2.7B in client assets under management. A huge win for First Republic in the region. Doing a little napkin math – the total deal for the team given the revenue stated above will climb beyond the $60M dollar mark. Wow.

Mr. Scott is a Barron’s ‘Hall of Fame’ advisor and his Barron’s team bio reads as such:

“Phil joined Merrill Lynch in 1984 after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with degrees in International Relations and General Engineering. His extended tenure with Merrill Lynch is paralleled by that of his team members, many of whom have collaborated with Mr. Scott for more than 15 years. That continuity and consistency, Phil believes, allows the team to deliver an exceptional client experience.”

Pulling back to 50,000 feet – the narrative continues for Merrill Lynch, as they lose yet another huge producer and capstone in a money center city. As has been occurring for a number of years now, the largest producers are leaving the firm at a clip never before seen at Merrill. Choosing a name like First Republic is of real interest; but maybe more so is the reality that a 36 year veteran of Merrill finally decided the firm was no longer his home.