Focus Financial Partners on Wednesday announced that partner firm The Colony Group will merge with Mintz Levin Financial Advisors under the Colony name.
The combined assets from Colony and MLFA will reach approximately $2.5 billion. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Focus is an international partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms with more than $50 billion in assets. The Colony Group was founded in 1986. It oversees $1.4 billion in client assets. It has been a Focus partner since October.
The firm saw many reasons to join Focus, according to Michael Nathanson, chairman and CEO of Colony. “Among them,” he told AdvisorOne on Thursday, “joining would provide a great opportunity to collaborate with the advisor community.”
The spirit of collaboration ultimately led to the decision to merge with Mintz Levin. “We saw Mintz Levin as an opportunity to combine forces with a like-minded fiduciary advisor to better serve our clients, better serve our employees and better serve our partners,” Nathanson (left) said.
Both The Colony Group and Mintz Levin represent a “client service franchise with an unending commitment to serving clients with a holistic model,” Michael Paley, managing director at Focus, told AdvisorOne.
Initially, Nathanson said, the transition will be seamless to clients—other than the name change, of course. “We set about to further the task of seeking out ways to better serve clients.” he said. “We’re looking at practices used for many years by Mintz Levin and by Colony and are looking for the best collective practices. Over time, we expect to improve service even further.”
As for specific types of services the firm will be able to bolster, Nathanson said the merger would allow the firm to offer greater access to research and better utilization of technology, including reporting, relationship management and financial planning solutions.
“This is a continuation of the enhancements that have been underway since we began our partnership with Focus last year,” Nathanson said.