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Group of Merrill Lynch advisors departs to form new independent practice

On Behalf of | Sep 29, 2021 | Firm Transition

A group of five Merrill Lynch advisors have announced that they are leaving the firm to form their own registered investment advisory firm, according to AdvisorHub. The team is comprised of brothers R. Scott Bills and Brett R. Bills, Teresa L. Friess, Aaron P. Seeman and Joshua DeLoach, who will be joined by four client associates.

The Colorado-based group, who previously managed $1.75 billion in client assets at Merrill Lynch, said the new firm will be called Nilsine Partners. Among the services they will offer will include banking, lending, investments and financial planning for business owners.

The firm worked in partnership with Dynasty Financial Partners, which provided financing for the launch.
In their announcement, the advisors said that starting their own independent practice will provide them with a wider selection of investment products to work with. They added that they will look to expand in the future by developing a new advisor recruiting and training program or purchasing local RIAs.

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