Boston Private Financial Holdings Announces Sale of Sand Hill Advisors

BOSTON--()--Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BPFH) today announced the sale of its 76% interest in Palo Alto-based Sand Hill Advisors, LLC (Sand Hill). BPFH’s interest was sold to the management team of Sand Hill with the financial support of Fiduciary Network. The transaction is not expected to have a material impact on BPFH earnings.

"We were originally attracted to Sand Hill in 2000 because of their solid investment strategy and strong management team then led by Jane Williams as well as Gary Conway, who retired from the firm in 2004 but remains a member of the board of directors. At the time of the 2000 transaction, we classified Sand Hill as an investment manager,” said Jay Cromarty, CEO of BPFH’s Wealth Advisory and Investment Management Business.

“The current team, which is lead by Jane Williams, CEO and Jim McCaffrey, President, today provides wealth advisory services to its many clients. Since the formation of our partnership, Sand Hill’s business evolved, causing us to reclassify it as a wealth advisor and creating overlap with other BPFH affiliates in the Northern California market. As we and Sand Hill management discussed possible means of mitigation, the notion of selling the firm to its senior management became ever more compelling. We believe that this transaction benefits all parties involved,” said Cromarty.

The BPFH business model is centered on diversification in terms of both geographic location and the provision of core capabilities: wealth advisory, investment management and private banking services. In Northern California, BPFH will continue to provide wealth advisory services through Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough and private banking services through Borel Private Bank & Trust Company.

“We have enjoyed our tenure within the BPFH family,” said Jane Williams, CEO of Sand Hill Advisors. “This is an amicable change in ownership which is in the best interest of our clients, our employees, and all other stakeholders. Our mission at Sand Hill remains the same – we will continue to help high net worth clients successfully manage their wealth through life’s changes.”

Sand Hill provides comprehensive, planning-based financial strategies for wealthy individuals, families, charitable organizations and select institutions. Sand Hill will continue to operate from its Palo Alto headquarters. Its sub-advisory relationship with Borel Private Bank & Trust Company will continue and will not be impacted by the change in ownership.

“I am truly excited about this great partnership with a great management team which has over 20 years of experience helping high net worth clients manage their wealth,” said Mark Hurley, CEO, Fiduciary Network.

Fiduciary Network funds both internal transitions and management buyouts of fee-only wealth management companies. It provided the funding for Sand Hill’s management to repurchase the company from BPFH. This is the ninth transaction that Fiduciary Network has completed and the fifth in the last sixth months.

“Buying the firm back from BPFH and partnering with Fiduciary Network to fund our ownership transition plan allows us to bring more key employees into the ownership fold and fits nicely with our long term plan,” says James McCaffrey, President of Sand Hill Advisors. “It’s a win-win situation for the executive team, for the financing partner, for the new junior partners, and for our clients.”

Boston Private Financial Holdings

Boston Private Financial Holdings is a national financial service organization comprised of independently operated affiliates located in key regions of the U.S. that offer private banking, wealth advisory and investment management services to the high net worth marketplace, selected businesses and institutions. The Company enters demographically attractive markets through a selective acquisition process and then expands by way of organic growth. It employs a distinct business strategy, empowering its affiliates to operate independently in order to best serve their clients at the local level, while at the same time providing strategic oversight and access to resources, both financial and intellectual, to support management, compliance, legal, marketing, and operations. (NASDAQ: BPFH).

For more information about Boston Private, visit the Company's web site at www.bostonprivate.com.

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Contacts

Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc.
Catharine Sheehan, 617-912-3767
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
csheehan@bostonprivate.com
or
Sloane & Company
John Hartz, 212-446-1872
jhartz@sloanepr.com

Contacts

Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc.
Catharine Sheehan, 617-912-3767
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
csheehan@bostonprivate.com
or
Sloane & Company
John Hartz, 212-446-1872
jhartz@sloanepr.com