Welcome back for the eighth episode of the Financial Advisor Success podcast!
This week’s guest is David Grau Sr. David is not a financial advisor himself, but over the past 20 years his business, FP Transitions, has facilitated the sale of nearly 1,500 advisory firms, and valued almost 9,000 of them. Which means David brings an incredibly unique perspective to the evolution of buying and selling independent advisory firms, having had a front-row seat over the past two decades.
In this podcast episode, David shares the four different types of advisor ownership structures – books, practices, businesses, and firms – what characterizes each, how they’re typically valued, and what kinds of acquirers are interested in one type versus another. We also explore how to grow ownership from one stage to the next, and the classic pitfalls along the way – for instance, why the industry-standard revenue-based compensation is actually prohibitive of transforming a practice into a true business.
You’ll also hear about how advisory firm deals are typically structured today (and how it’s changed from 10 and 20 years ago), valuation trends with the looming seller wave of Baby Boomer advisors, the best way to find the right prospective buyer if you’re looking to sell now (or soon), and how the growing availability of bank financing is changing the way advisory firms are bought, sold, and valued.
And be certain to listen to the end, where David talks about why most advisors should be very wary of relying on their broker-dealer or custodian platforms to facilitate a sale, and how to spot the “predatory buyers” that are often lurking within those platforms.
So whether you’re a financial advisor getting ready to sell your advisory firm, just thinking about how to maximize the value for the future, or are a newer advisor who wants perspective on the dynamics of buying into an advisory firm, I hope you enjoy this latest episode of the Financial Advisor Success podcast!