First Midwest Bancorp to Acquire Northern Oak Wealth Management


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First Midwest Bancorp entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Northern Oak Wealth Management, a Milwaukee-based registered investment adviser with approximately $800 million of wealth assets under management.

This acquisition further strengthens First Midwest’s position as one of the Midwest’s largest independent wealth management providers, with more than $11 billion in assets under management and clients across 30 states.

“Northern Oak is a highly respected investment adviser that shares our commitment to the financial success of our clients and to delivering a highly personalized client experience,” said Bob Diedrich, executive vice president and director of wealth management at First Midwest. “We look forward to working closely with the Northern Oak team to meet the financial needs of their high net worth clients through a wider range of private banking and wealth management solutions.”

Northern Oak’s executive team of Mark Zellmer and David Becker, who have a combined 46 years of tenure at the firm, will continue to serve in leadership roles at Northern Oak, which will operate as a subsidiary of First Midwest.

“The financial markets are becoming increasingly complex, and clients are looking for an experienced and trusted adviser who can help them achieve their investment goals,” said Mark Zellmer, chairman of Northern Oak. “We are excited to join First Midwest and look forward to leveraging their broad range of wealth management and banking products and services to create enhanced value for our clients.”

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

First Midwest’s principal subsidiary, First Midwest Bank, and other affiliates provide a full range of commercial, treasury management, equipment leasing, retail, wealth management, private banking and trust products and services through locations in metropolitan Chicago, northwest Indiana, central and western Illinois and eastern Iowa.

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