Onex invests in TA-backed Wealth Enhancement Group

Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp has made an equity investment in Wealth Enhancement Group, a Minneapolis-based wealth management firm.

Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp has made an equity investment in Wealth Enhancement Group, a Minneapolis-based wealth management firm. No financial terms were disclosed. Onex joins existing WEG backer TA Associates as an equal capital partner.

PRESS RELEASE

MINNEAPOLIS and TORONTO, Aug. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Wealth Enhancement Group (WEG), an independent wealth management firm with nearly $40.2 billion in client assets*, and Onex Corporation (TSX: ONEX), an investment firm and asset manager, today announced a new equity investment from Onex Partners V and certain Onex co-investors, including Onex Corporation (together “Onex”), to help drive WEG’s next stage of organic growth and M&A expansion. Upon completion of the transaction, expected later this year, Onex will join WEG’s current institutional shareholder, TA Associates (TA), as equal capital partners. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The investment from Onex reflects WEG’s position as one of the nation’s fastest-growing independent advisory firms. The backing of Onex and TA further bolsters WEG’s dual-pronged strategy of generating robust organic growth while serving as the destination of choice for successful independent wealth management businesses seeking to join forces with a leading national RIA platform. Year to date, WEG has added more than $2.4 billion in assets organically while also entering definitive agreements on ten acquisitions representing $10.4 billion in total assets.

Jeff Dekko, Chief Executive Officer of Wealth Enhancement Group, said, “Our new investment from Onex augments our continued relationship with TA, bringing together two of the most accomplished private equity investment firms in the world. Wealth Enhancement Group has created a remarkable level of organic and acquisitions-based growth over the years, with our firm well on its way to becoming the premier wealth management platform across the country. As we embark on the next stage of our growth vision, this is the perfect moment to bring aboard an additional partner with a long history of successful financial services investments.”

Going forward, WEG will continue to be a privately held, independent firm, under its existing leadership team, brand and strategy. In addition to the firm’s capital partners TA and Onex, a large number of employees will continue to hold equity stakes in the firm, reflecting a strong alignment of interests across WEG’s capital base, employees, financial advisors and their clients.

In addition to Jeff Dekko, WEG’s senior management team encompasses some of the most seasoned leaders in the wealth management industry today, including Jim Cahn, Chief Investments & Business Development Officer; Kelly Windorski, Chief Financial Officer; Utkarsh Patel, Chief Digital & Marketing Officer; and Terri Kallsen, Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Dekko continued, “Similar to TA, Onex will be a strong capital partner to WEG, with a proven track record and commitment to making the investments that allow the companies it partners with to thrive. They embrace our focus on the full continuum of activities necessary for the long-term success of our strategy: This includes attracting high-quality wealth management businesses to become part of our national RIA platform, combined with continuous investments in the talent, technology and resources our financial advisors need to deliver a truly exceptional client service experience that leads with holistic financial planning.”

Todd Clegg, Managing Director at Onex, said, “We are delighted to partner with Wealth Enhancement Group and TA to invest in the future of wealth management. Wealth Enhancement Group has established a leading national wealth management platform with a client-centric approach and a culture of striving for continuous improvement in everything the firm does, which has driven positive outcomes for clients and the business. WEG’s management team has demonstrated its ability to succeed across a broad spectrum of industry, market and economic cycles. Looking ahead, we’re confident that WEG remains uniquely well-positioned to keep growing, both organically and by continuing its track record of well-executed acquisitions.”

Roy Burns, Managing Director at TA, said, “When we invested in Wealth Enhancement Group in 2019, the firm’s potential and success to date were very clear. Since then, the firm’s leadership team under Jeff Dekko has exceeded our expectations by generating consistent growth and strong client retention rates, even in the face of extraordinary events such as the pandemic and its resultant disruptions on the markets and our economy. We believe the best is yet to come with WEG’s next chapter of growth, and we’re excited to welcome Onex as a fellow capital partner in assisting WEG with accomplishing its strategic goals and continuing to add value to its clients.”

Raymond James & Associates, Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor to Wealth Enhancement Group on the transaction. Goodwin Procter LLP, acted as legal counsel to TA Associates and Wealth Enhancement Group. Fried Frank served as legal representation for Onex in the transaction.

About Wealth Enhancement Group
Wealth Enhancement Group is a Greater Minneapolis-based independent wealth management firm offering comprehensive and customized financial planning and investment management services. Founded in 1997, Wealth Enhancement Group serves clients nationwide. Wealth Enhancement Group specializes in providing retail clients with the team-based knowledge and resources they need to simplify their financial life. For more information, please visit www.wealthenhancement.com.