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Former adviser to head up M&A division at City & Capital

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Former adviser to head up M&A division at City & Capital
Brian Hill

Former Jones Hill boss Brian Hill has been appointed as head of acquisitions and succession planning at West Yorkshire-based financial consultancy The City & Capital Group.

Hill, who joined the consultancy earlier this month, will work alongside Victoria Hicks, director of City & Capital Acquisitions, to help advise business owners with their succession planning and execution.

With over 15 years of professional practice, Hill brings with him personal experience of the acquisition process, having sold his Wiltshire-based financial advice firm Jones Hill to Perspective Financial Group in September 2020.

Perspective bought 160 clients and their assets from Jones Hill, adding £44m of funds under advice to the group.

At the time, Hill said he would exit the business while the firm’s other staff will transfer to Perspective.

In the announcement today (July 13), Hill said: “Running a financial advice business is not getting any easier, and many owners are now working on succession planning as an integral part of their organisational strategy. 

“Having walked in the owner-adviser’s shoes for many years as well as managing my own exit – after kissing many frogs and talking with many brokers – I knew there had to be a better way.”

He added: “When considering ‘what’s next’, I looked around for a ‘best of breed’ firm which blended ‘subject experts’ with a board that had first-hand experience in starting, building, and exiting their own FA firm. It’s this level of ‘lived’ insight that makes The City & Capital Group uniquely placed – compared to traditional broker firms.”

Hicks said: “Brian is viewed as a ‘leading light’ within the profession, and his credibility often sees him invited to share his expertise at conferences and events – earning such respect among his peers. 

“His first-hand experience of the acquisition process is incredibly recent too, and it will help to instil confidence in both buyers and sellers considering their growth and succession planning.”

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