The DBO Model

The Fairstone Downstream Buy Out (DBO) model turns the acquisition process on its head.

The DBO Process

We work with advisers and firms typically over a four-year period to integrate them into our business before fully acquiring the firm.

Download our DBO process diagram

The Fairstone Downstream Buyout is a market leading, tax efficient acquisition strategy from the UK’s largest financial planning and wealth management firms that allows the owners of successful IFA practices to sell and stay within the business at no detriment to their staff advisers or clients.

By joining Fairstone you become part of one of the UK’s fastest growing and most forward-thinking financial services organisations whilst retaining ownership of client relationships and the direction of your own firm.

By working in partnership with Fairstone you will not be compelled to adopt a specific fund range or platform, clients continue to benefit from whole-of-market choice and the quality of existing client servicing are maintained.

As the regulated entity, Fairstone take on the responsibility for reporting to the FCA (Gabriel and RMAR) as well as providing for regulatory capital requirements. We provide a robust and comprehensive compliance framework – as a result we reduce the risks that IFA firms are faced with and enable business principals to focus on their valued clients.

All regulatory costs, such as FCA fees and the FSCS levy, are covered centrally. Partner firms are also covered by Fairstone’s Professional Indemnity and Data Protection Policy.

Firms also have immediate access to Fairstone’s value added services, centralised administration and case management teams as well benefitting from first-class IT and marketing support.

We'll take away the headache of...
Compliance & file checking
Capital adequacy
Regulatory reporting
GABRIEL returns
You'll receive the benefits of...
The reputation of one of the UK’s largest Chartered financial planning firms (Fairstone Financial Management and Fairstone Financial Management (City))
Dedicated in-house paraplanning
Back-office support team
Expert compliance team
Ongoing file checking
Targeted lead generation
Orphan client reactivation
Client brochures and bi-monthly magazine
Market leading technology suite
The Fairstone Academy

Interested in joining us?

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DBO call 0845 605 0680 or