Merrill Lynch said it has hired eight advisors from Morgan Stanley (MS) in the Northwest. The group has about $2.3 billion in client assets.
Meanwhile, in the Northeast, a group of five advisors, doing business as Seaport Wealth Management with about $800 million in assets, has left Merrill Lynch for Janney Montgomery Scott.
These developments follow Thursday’s news that the head of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and its 14,400 reps, John Thiel, would step down at year-end. He is being replaced by Andy Sieg, now head of the Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions for Bank of America-Merrill (BAC).
The reps moving from Morgan Stanley to Merrill Lynch are Jason Weese, Mark Harris, Todd Kelly, Matt Bridge, Kristen Buxton, Alan Lubner, Jim Ferguson and Traci Bumpus. They are forming the firm’s new Private Banking & Investment Group office in Bellevue, Wash.
“We are delighted to welcome these advisors to Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking & Investment Group in the Pacific Northwest and believe that they will bring significant value to businesses and individuals here,” said Anthony DiBlasi, managing director for Merrill Lynch in Bellevue and president of Washington State operations for Bank of America, in a statement.
Merrill currently includes more than 175 specialized Private Wealth Advisor teams that focus on investment management, concentrated stock management and intergenerational wealth transfer strategies.
“The expansion of the technology sector, life sciences industry and venture capital community has created substantial demand for private banking and wealth management services,” said Tracy Murphy, regional managing director for the Private Banking & Investment Group in the Pacific Northwest, in a statement.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia-based Janney Montgomery Scott said five advisors with over 100 years of combined industry experience are now operating as the Seaport Wealth group in Mystic, Conn. and in Janney’s current office in West Hartford, Conn.