October 12th, 2015

Hellman & Friedman LLC to Become Majority Owner of Edelman Financial Services


Edelman Financial Services, one of the largest independent financial planning firms in the nation, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Hellman & Friedman LLC. H&F will own the business in partnership with Edelman’s senior management team and current majority owner Lee Equity Partners, both of whom will retain meaningful equity ownership in the firm. Ric Edelman will remain the largest individual shareholder. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Edelman Financial manages approximately $15 billion for more than 28,000 clients via 41 offices across the country and online. Three times ranked the #1 Independent Financial Advisor in the nation by Barron’s, Ric Edelman and his team of experienced advisors have been helping thousands of people for 28 years.

Ric Edelman said, “We are proud of our history of providing financial planning and investment management advice and service to our clients, and we are very excited to partner with Hellman & Friedman, whose experience in the financial services field will help us to better serve our clients and continue to grow to serve more hard-working Americans than ever. We will continue to enhance our services and strengthen our team over the next several years.”

Allen Thorpe, Managing Director of Hellman & Friedman, said, “The outstanding financial planners and leaders at EFS have built an extraordinary business by delivering sound financial advice for clients. We embrace their tradition and look forward to investing in the business to help Ric and his team accelerate the firm’s success.”

Edelman Financial Services has previously announced that it is conducting a search for a Chief Executive Officer so that, as Executive Chairman, Ric Edelman can focus on expanding the firm’s financial education activities, breadth of client services, and geographic footprint. That search will be facilitated by H&F.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and UBS Investment Bank served as financial advisors to Hellman & Friedman. In addition, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as lead counsel and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP acted as regulatory counsel to Hellman & Friedman. Lee Equity was advised by Evercore and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Management of EFS was advised by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Lehman & Eilen LLP.

About Edelman Financial Services
Edelman Financial Services provides financial planning and investment management services to more than 28,000 individuals and families and manages more than $15 billion in assets.2 The firm also provides 401(k) plans and institutional investment management for businesses. EFS has won more than 100 financial, business, community and philanthropic awards. For investment advice and other financial planning services, or to speak with an advisor, call 888-PLAN-RIC (888-752-6742) or visit

About Hellman & Friedman
Hellman & Friedman is a leading private equity investment firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, and London. Since its founding in 1984, H&F has raised over $35 billion of committed capital. The firm focuses on investing in superior business franchises and serving as a value-added partner to management in select industries including financial services, software, internet & media, business & information services, healthcare, energy & industrials and retail & consumer. For more information on Hellman & Friedman, please visit

About Lee Equity Partners
Lee Equity Partners is a New York based private equity firm that seeks to partner with top-tier management teams to build companies with high growth potential. Lee Equity makes private equity investments in growth oriented, mid and large cap companies located primarily in the United States. Lee Equity’s target market includes companies with enterprise values of between $100 million and $5 billion. Lee Equity seeks to invest in businesses with sustainable competitive positions, sufficient scale to attract high quality management and the ability to demonstrate continued growth. Lee Equity is a generalist firm whose professionals have significant expertise in a number of industries, including Financial, Healthcare and Business Services, Retail and Consumer Products and Media.

Media Contacts
Edelman Financial Services
Shari Curtiss

Hellman & Friedman
Julia Kosygina of the Abernathy MacGregor Group

Lee Equity Partners, LLC
Joseph Rotberg

Ric Edelman, Chairman and CEO of Edelman Financial Services LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser, is an Investment Advisor Representative who offers advisory services through EFS and is a Registered Principal of and offers securities through Sanders Morris Harris LLC, an affiliated broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC.