As you consider acquiring an investment advisory firm, remember that you’re entering a seller’s market. Reports show there are as many as 40 buyers for every seller. So, how can you stand out from the crowd and win? The answer: Work with a trusted investment advisory financing partner who will help you prepare your firm for the acquisition.

Don’t wait until the deal is at your doorstep to explore your acquisition financing options. Our dedicated team will walk you through the steps of preparing your firm for investment advisor acquisition financing so you’ll be ready to jump at the opportunity when the right one presents itself. Contact our team sooner rather than later to learn if you have the ability to acquire and what steps you can take today to make sure you do so successfully.

We are the investment advisory industry leader when it comes to financing. We structure investment advisor acquisition financing to meet the needs of advisory firms every single day. Bank financing is key to being considered a qualified buyer. If you’re ready to grow your business through acquisition, we are ready to help.

Here is what you can expect during the investment advisor acquisition financing process:


Let’s call this the discovery stage. Once you connect with our team, we’ll start by learning more about your business and the acquisition opportunity in question. We’ll also spend some time discussing the marketplace and what you can expect with a loan from Live Oak Bank. Gather your financial statements, personal and business tax returns for the past three years, seller financials, year-to-date interim financials, and asset and revenue summaries. Once we review all these documents and evaluate the viability of your loan, we’ll offer you a proposal letter, typically within two to three business days.

Underwriting and Approval

Once you return your signed proposal letter, your loan will move to an experienced investment advisory underwriter. This individual will work hand-in-hand with you to do a full analysis of the acquisition opportunity. Then, together with the loan officer, they will present your opportunity to the credit team to highlight why they believe this would be an excellent opportunity for both you and the bank. Once approved, you will receive a formal approval letter containing terms and conditions. This process typically takes seven to 10 business days.

Closing and Post-Closing

After you’ve returned your signed commitment letter, a dedicated loan closing specialist will work with you to collect all the remaining documents. These might include any third-party reports, such as valuations and appraisals. A loan will typically close in four to five weeks. Once your loan closes, you will be introduced to your dedicated investment advisory team contact. As long as you have a loan with Live Oak Bank, you will have a direct point of contact who is always standing by to answer your questions and support you, your firm and your professional goals.

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From preparation and sourcing sellers to structuring the deal and transitioning the firm, we cover all aspects in our acquisition guide. Download this and other resources in our Investment Advisor Knowledge Bank.

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