Purchasing power, operational processes, client experience, core values…There are several nuances you might consider while screening potential buyers/sellers.
Such due diligence is key to finding your ideal match in M&A.
In this episode, Duncan MacPherson talks to Katie Bruner, managing partner at SkyView Partners. They share the ultimate “acquisition checklist” that helps buyers in winning deals and sellers in weeding out unqualified purchasers.
Key factors (both financial and non-financial) that affect your ability to secure M&A deals
How to ensure greater client retention after an acquisition
The “intent, consent, implement” process of finding the right-fit partner
How current market volatility is influencing the M&A landscape
Katie brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry to the SkyView Partners team. Currently, she oversees sales, marketing, and distribution for SkyView Partners, in addition to loan sourcing through strategic partnerships and multi-medium channels. In January 2021, Katie assumed the role of leading overall strategy and M&A initiatives for SkyView Investment Bank. Prior to SkyView, Katie served as a Director – National Accounts at Principal Financial Group for 13 years, where she was responsible for cultivating and growing the major independent and regional broker relationships. Before joining Principal, Katie was employed by Fidelity Investments in their non-profit retirement plan group. Katie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of California, Berkeley.
When the time comes to exit your business, the goal is to drive your enterprise value, maximize your exit strategy, and elevate yourself qualitatively in the process.
In this episode, Duncan MacPherson talks to Ted Jenkin, CEO of oXYGen Financial, about the three E’s of successfully liquidating a business. They highlight steps advisors must take today to have a successful business exit in the future.
How liquidity events create a sense of self-actualization and personal fulfillment
Major drivers of enterprise value (and how to achieve them)
Negotiation tactics to secure the best deal for your business sale
Why now is an opportune time to consider selling your business
Ted Jenkin is the CEO of oXYGen Financial, CEO of Hyperchat Social, co-owner of Complete Concrete & Hardscapes, and a serial entrepreneur. With 26 years of experience and six advanced designations including the Certified Financial Planner degree, Ted is a featured columnist on the Wall Street Journal and can be seen regularly on CNN/Headline News. He is also featured locally on 93.7FM, 106.3FM, 680 The Fan, and NBC 11 Alive News. Ted is the author of “The 21 Day Budget Cleanse” and “100 Smart Money Moves To Make Now.”
Legacy planning is much more than transferring money from one generation to the next. It’s also about transferring values. If you simply “give” the money to your children, they might lack the wisdom, grit, and satisfaction of accomplishment that only struggle and adversity can bring.
In this episode, Duncan MacPherson joins Richard Watts, author of Entitlemania: How Not To Spoil Your Kids, And What To Do If You Have! Having been the wise counsel to many of America’s wealthiest families, Richard shares how you can help your clients prepare their children for the real world, instead of spoiling them with free money.
How to prompt wealth transfer conversations that your clients might not like
Why first-generation earners should not deprive their children of experiential learning
Real-life examples of families who have adopted the “tough love” approach
How to take your relationship management to the next level
Richard Watts, lawyer, author, columnist, speaker, and problem solver, is the wise counsel to many of America’s wealthiest families. They rely on him to guide their families and journey through the rapids of life. From behind these castle walls, Richard provides the wisdom and counsel to avoid the pitfalls of excess and entitlement. The founder of Family Business Office ® (“FBO”), Richard was admitted to practice law in 1982 and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. He has appeared on numerous television programs and authored articles as an expert on how money often complicates the “simple life”. Author of Fables of Fortune: What Rich People Have That You Don’t Want, and Entitlemania How Not To Spoil Your Kids, And What To Do If You Have!
When the markets are soaring high, most advisors might do well. But it is during times of high volatility that elite advisors set themselves apart.
They create a professional contrast and an exceptional experience to meet the current demand of clients and prospects, even during a downturn!
In this episode, Duncan MacPherson joins Chris Jeppesen, chief of advisory practices at First Trust, to discuss strategies for alleviating your clients’ anxiety amidst current market turbulence and the progression and evolution of top financial professionals today.
How to restore your clients’ confidence in you using the ECA framework (empathy, context, and action)
How to maintain relevance as financial services get commoditized
The much-needed shift from transactional salesmanship to directional stewardship
Sneak peek into the new book “The Blue Square Method” (and how it will benefit fee-for-service professionals)
Chris Jeppesen is the head of advisory practices at First Trust, a firm known not only for its robust investment product line which includes UITs, ETFs, SMAs, and VAs (to name a few) but also for its commitment to the growth of financial advisors. First Trust has dedicated many years to finding (and investing in) creative ways to help financial advisors grow their practices. Chris’ goal over the last 18 years has been to give financial advisors the tools to develop an efficient business model focused on building long-term client trust and loyalty. Chris is also the co-author of The Advisor Playbook.
Aside from a prospectus, product brochure or statement, your business has become extremely virtual and complex. Adding tangible tools to your approach helps remind both your affluent clients and your prospective clients that there are two types of advisors – salespeople and consultants – and what the differences between the two are.
In this episode, Duncan MacPherson joins Cathi Durrell, owner of Lavish Cards, to discuss how one of the best strategies a fee-for-service professional can do to take their relationship management to the next level.
Actionable strategies that lead to client loyalty, client engagement, and client advocacy
How greeting cards reinforce your image as a goal-based professional
What to do if you can’t find the time to send out personalized greeting cards
Unconventional card ideas to improve your branding
About Our Guest: Cathi Durrell, along with her husband Glen, who is a professional photographer, are the owners of Lavish Fine Art Cards, a company they co-founded 11 years ago. Lavish has grown extensively over the past 11 years and specializes in catering to the bespoke communication needs of their clients. The entire crew at Lavish are committed to creating and supplying the highest quality greeting cards. In her spare time, Cathi enjoys travel and exploring “the back-roads” with Glen, in search of the next image for Lavish.
Your business is your biggest asset — it’s your life’s work! If you want to maximize its enterprise value, you need to take action well before the time of selling it.
If you’re a buyer looking to take over a business, there are certain efforts you can take to improve your company’s growth.
In this episode, Duncan MacPherson joins Ted Motheral, chair of Walter | Haverfield’s Business Services group, to help buyers and sellers prepare for an efficient business transfer. They also explore ways to take impeccable care of your clients and employees during the process.
Key value drivers for a financial advisory business
A checklist to keep in mind before buying or selling a business
The importance of taking a goal-based approach toward your big liquidity event
The role of private equity in the current M&A landscape
How to organize your corporate structure and protect your intellectual property before selling your business
Ted Motheral is Chair of Walter | Haverfield’s Business Services group, which includes more than two dozen business and transactional lawyers. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, as well as private debt and equity financing. Ted has experience in leading transactions for multi-million dollar acquisitions and has represented borrowers and lenders in multi-million dollar debt offerings. He is also experienced in advising clients on general corporate matters, entity formation and governance, joint ventures, divestments, and reporting requirements and regulations. Additionally, Ted has experience forming loan documentation programs for public entities in the State of Ohio. Ted joined Walter | Haverfield as a partner in 2016. Prior to joining Walter | Haverfield, he practiced law at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aranoff. He was formerly a financial consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York City and also worked in the general counsel office of KLA-Tencor Corporation in Silicon Valley, California.
Every business owner will leave their business one day, voluntarily or involuntarily. It’s a matter of WHEN, not IF.
So, it’s important to start planning for this inflection point well ahead of time — both technically and emotionally.
In this episode, Duncan MacPherson speaks with Denise Logan, business transition expert, professional speaker, and best-selling author of The Seller’s Journey. Denise explains how you can help clients overcome the emotional barriers to selling a business while simultaneously preparing for your own exit.
Why creating your own exit strategy is the first step to assisting clients in their exit
How to remain your client’s first-choice advisor when the time comes for the big liquidity event
How to prepare your team for the transition to a new owner
Legacy dinners, fireside chats, and other fun activities to connect with your clients
Denise Logan knows that to business owners, selling a business is more than a transaction. To them, it is an emotionally fraught period of transition, filled with unexpected highs and lows, with no clear vision of what waits at the end for them and their family. Her passion for this work is colored by her own experience of being an unprepared business owner who made an abrupt and choppy exit from her company, after ignoring the signs that it was time for several years.
She is the author of The Seller’s Journey: A Business Fable about Navigating the Emotional Obstacles to Selling Your Business, and has addressed more than five hundred audiences on three continents about the psychology of business owners and how to make it easier when the time comes to let go.
Denise provides advanced training to advisors employed by some of the world’s largest financial institutions, law firms and accounting firms, helping their clients successfully transition their businesses to new owners and, most importantly, without regret.
Do you know what’s keeping your clients up at night? For a lot of them, it is this question, what happens to their hard-earned wealth when they pass away?
In other words, it’s the absence of an estate plan.
In this episode, Duncan MacPherson speaks with Julia Norman, associate lawyer at Pushor Mitchell LLP, and Tom Deans, Ph.D., intergenerational wealth expert, speaker, and best-selling author of “Every Family’s Business” and “Willing Wisdom.” Julia and Tom explain how advisors can re-imagine estate planning for their clients to ensure a stress-free wealth transfer that minimizes future family conflicts.
Julia and Tom discuss:
The main reasons why your clients might be delaying estate planning
How to make estate planning highly process-driven and collaborative
How family estate planning meetings can help retain your clients for multiple generations
Why advisors should create their wills first before helping clients
Julia Norman is an associate lawyer with Pushor Mitchell practicing in the areas of civil litigation, family law, estate planning and estate administration. Prior to going to law school, Julia rode for the Canadian Equestrian Team in the sport of three-day eventing, training and competing throughout North America. Outside of the office Julia can be found spending time with her family, riding her horse, water skiing, or enjoying one of the many activities that the Okanagan has to offer.
Tom Deans, Ph.D.’s research and thought leadership on the subjects of wealth transfers, preparing heirs and family dynamics has made him an in-demand speaker and webinar presenter. Since the release of his first book in 2008, Tom has delivered more than 1000 paid speeches in 25 countries. He has also provided advanced training to advisors employed by the world’s largest financial institutions, law firms and accounting firms. Dr. Deans is also the Founder of the Willing Wisdom Index™ a new digital client engagement tool for advisors to share with prospects and clients.
Advisors have been using conventional tools for content marketing like blogs and whitepapers for years. But have you ever considered video marketing?
Videos can help you with client acquisition, establishing credibility, branding, and much more!
In this episode, Duncan MacPherson speaks with Laura Garfield and Sharon Gottula, co-founders of Idea Decanter. They explore the power of video marketing in financial services and how it can fast-track your business growth.
Laura and Sharon discuss:
Ways to enhance your client experience using videos
Tips for effectively conveying your core message to ideal prospects
How Idea Decanter makes video marketing easy (even if it’s your first video!)
How to add tremendous value to your business with video intellectual property
Laura Garfield started her career in broadcast journalism learning how to ask the right questions to get to the heart of the story. Her experience, from small-market TV in Hastings, NE, all the way up through positions at CBS News in New York and then CNN in Atlanta, gives her a unique perspective on digital storytelling. In 2014, she co-founded Idea Decanter to help growth-minded financial service professionals leverage digital content to take control of their own brand.
Sharon Gottula spent 20 years as a commercial photographer, focusing her talent on everything from portraiture to architecture and food for national and international publications, such as Newsweek, Men’s Fitness and Prevention Magazine. When she co-founded Idea Decanter, she began helping clients in the wealth sector breathe new life into their marketing strategies with video. Sharon specializes in finding visual ways to explain complex concepts and telling your story in 2 minutes or less.
Estate planning is the one of those tasks that needs to get done but we often procrastinate to get it done.
On This episode of Always on, Duncan MacPherson is joined by Julia Norman, Associate Lawyer at Pushor Mitchell LLP, who specializes in estate planning. She shares insights and tips on how to navigate your estate plan so you don’t have to worry when something bad happens.
The three things that separates her from other estate planning lawyers
The negative effects of procrastination on estate planning
Why people are desperate to get their estate plan done when something big happens
Julia Norman is an associate lawyer with Pushor Mitchell practicing in the areas of civil litigation, family law, estate planning and estate administration.
Prior to going to law school, Julia rode for the Canadian Equestrian Team in the sport of three-day eventing, training and competing throughout North America. Outside of the office Julia can be found spending time with her family, riding her horse, waterskiiing, or enjoying one of the many activities that the Okanagan has to offer.