Dallas’ True North Advisors Gets Equity Investment from Firms in Florida, California

Florida-based Wealth Partners Capital Group and California-based HGGC have made a minority equity investment in True North to help accelerate its growth via targeted acquisitions, the Dallas firm said.

True North Advisors, a Dallas-based registered investment adviser (RIA) with an office in Fort Worth, has entered into a strategic partnership with Wealth Partners Capital Group, a financial services holding company, and HGGC, a firm focused on partnership investing.

Both WPCG and HGGC have made minority equity investments in True North, the Dallas firm said. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“WPCG’s expertise in identifying strategic opportunities will undoubtedly enrich the depth and breadth of our core offerings, providing our clients with even more comprehensive solutions,” Scott Wood, CEO and co-founder of True North, said in a statement.

“We’re confident that this partnership will open up new opportunities for growth, creativity, and success,” added Mark Gehlbach, president and co-founder of True North.

WPCG, based in Palm Beach, Florida, and HGGC, based in Palo Alto, California, said they have made a minority equity investment in True North to help accelerate its growth via targeted acquisitions, the company said. The management team members of True North remain majority shareholders and will continue to control the decision-making and operations of the firm.

More than $3 billion in assets under management

Founded in 2000 by Wood and Gehlbach, True North is one of the fastest-growing RIAs in Texas and one of the top 150 RIAs in the country, the firm said.

True North said it serves significant business owners, entrepreneurs, and families with wealth planning, investment management, and business transaction planning solutions. The firm also oversees a growing, turnkey alternative investment platform, Western Alternative Strategies, that offers exclusive access to institutional-quality private investments.

True North said it has more than $3.3 billion in assets under management.

Targeting expansion in Texas and the Southwest

The firm said its partnership with WPCG and HGGC will allow it to remain focused on serving its clients while expanding its presence in Texas and the Southwest.

“With a deep and experienced management team, strong regional brand and a unique approach to planning and investments, True North is poised to become the leading wealth management firm in the Southwest,” John Copeland, managing partner of WPCG, said in a statement. “We’re excited to partner with Scott, Mark, and the entire True North team in growing the firm and attracting the highest level of advisory talent.”

Neil White, president of HGGC, said that his firm will invest in True North via Aspire Holdings, a holding company dedicated to investing in the wealth management space.

“True North is well positioned to expand its platform, and we are pleased to bring additional resources to help the firm continue its momentum through both organic growth and strategic M&A,” White said. “We look forward to supporting the management team on these and other business-building initiatives in the coming years.”

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