Mercer Advisors Acquires Bivin and Associates in Third Deal This Week


Nationwide registered funding advisor Mercer International Advisors introduced its third acquisition this week with the addition of Bivin and Associates, a wealth administration agency headquartered in Ponca Metropolis, Okla., with belongings underneath administration of roughly $130 million.

Based in 1994 by President Wm. Stan Bivin, the agency tailors methods for investing, monetary planning and property planning for people and enterprise house owners. All the Bivin workforce can even be becoming a member of Mercer Advisors.

The transaction is Mercer's third this week, following the additions of Fure Monetary Company with $260 million in AUM and Berkson Asset Administration with $185 million AUM.

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Bivin and Associates President Wm. Stan Bivin

“In trying to find a brand new associate to assist us develop and add wanted scale and leverage, we seemed for a associate that shared these values,” Bivin mentioned in an announcement saying the acquisition. “The truth that we may offload onerous back-office companies and add new companies like in-house property planning, tax return preparation and company trustee was an enormous plus,” he added. “We couldn’t be extra excited.” 

“The consolidation of the fragmented RIA business is in full swing as smaller companies search to hitch bigger, platform RIAs that may present the size and leverage they lack. Biven, Fure and Berkson all fall squarely into this camp,” mentioned Dave Barton, who led the transactions on behalf of Mercer.

Barton famous rising competitors amongst RIAs as purchasers demand extra from advisors to justify their charges, akin to extra in-house companies, tax preparation and company trustee companies.

“Simply doing monetary planning is now not sufficient to be aggressive with bigger RIAs that present a full suite {of professional} companies along with monetary planning, which is now simply desk stakes,” he mentioned. “These acquisitions are useful to Mercer exterior of the plain add of revenues and purchasers, with the actual worth being the addition of extremely proficient, seasoned monetary planners and different consumer assist professionals—as our business is talent-starved.”

“Stan and his workforce have constructed a fantastic enterprise, a powerful workforce and they're a extremely revered group of wealth administration professionals,” mentioned Mercer CEO Dave Welling. “We're thrilled to be opening a brand new location in Ponca Metropolis, Okla., and stay up for working collectively to assist ship significant outcomes for our shared purchasers.”

Established in 1985, Mercer gives fee-based funding administration, monetary planning, household workplace companies, retirement advantages and distribution planning, property and tax planning, insurance coverage options, and company trustee and belief administration companies.

The agency has added 62 companies via M&A since its inception, saying 10 new additions within the first half of 2022 alone. In January, Mercer additionally introduced three acquisitions in a single week, with the additions of Cordasco Monetary Community, HawsGoodwin Funding Administration and Wrenn Monetary Methods.                         

Majority-owned by each Oak Hill Capital and Genstar Capital and a subsidiary of Mercer Advisors Inc., Mercer International is now among the many largest RIAs within the nation, with greater than $34 billion in AUM throughout 25 states, per its newest Kind ADV submitting.

Headquartered in Denver, Mercer Advisors is privately held, has greater than 670 staff and operates via greater than 60 workplaces throughout the nation.

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