Merrill Lynch said a team with four advisors and about $628 million of client assets has joined it from Morgan Stanley in Paramus, New Jersey—Thomas Reichert, Paul Lotito, Eric Aiello and Lindsay Reichert, who formed the RLA Group.
“The RLA Group shares Merrill Lynch’s value of helping clients achieve their goals through a customized approach based on a deep understanding of their specific priorities,” said Jessica Miller, market executive, in a statement.
Thomas Reichert has more than 39 years of experience in the business, while Paul Lotito, CFP, has 26-plus years, for instance.
In addition, Merrill Lynch announced recently that advisor Cathy Reed became a part of its office in Austin, Texas office. She moved to Merrill from JP Morgan, where she was responsible for $113 million assets.
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Reed worked in the industry for 21 years.
In May U.S. Trust, which like Merrill is owned by Bank of America, said it added private client managers and wealth strategies advisors from Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and a large number of other financial institutions. They came on board in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, D.C.
A hybrid-RIA, which has $1.8 billion in assets under management and offices, says Greg Fink is now its president and CEO. Fink previously served as a vice president of Fidelity Investments’ Clearing & Custody Services business unit, where he focused in serving RIA firms in the Southeast.