Inside a wild year of FA recruiting – BlackRock names new leaders for advisory arm – Former Goldman Sachs CIO joins fintech

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It’s fitting that what would have been the biggest deal of 2020 almost occured in the waning moments.Almost.The Wall Street Journal reported that FIS and Global Payments held unsuccessful talks to merge in a deal that would have been valued at $70 billion. While the deal didn’t end up going through, it’s further proof of the rush of dealmaking that has occurred in recent months, coupled with further consolidation in the payments space.

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Hiring of financial advisors has been occuring at a frantic pace, with one recruiter estimating his placements have increased by 50%.Rebecca Ungarino, who has been all over the FA frenzy, has got a great deep dive on a recap of the recruitment of financial advisors. 

Hear from five recruiters about how their crazy year unfolded.Click here to read the entire story.

Chairman and Chief Executive of BlackRock Laurence Fink speaks during a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 25, 2014.

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Nice scoop from Rebecca Ungarino on new leaders for BlackRock’s Financial Markets Advisory, which serves as the firm’s quasi-consulting arm and was involved in the Fed’s massive bond-buying program. Get the full rundown on the people leading the business. Read more here. 

Elisha Wiesel, chairman of The Floor

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