Global Financial Advisors – Elizabeth (Lisa) van Walleghem and Thomas J. (Jim) Butler III — Launch MAXIMAI Investment Partners in Partnership with Dynasty Financial Partners

Registered Investment Advisor Based in Coral Gables, Florida, Focuses on Ultra-High-Net Worth Global Clients

Multi-Lingual and Multi-Generational Global Advisory Team; Broker Dealer Services through Global Investor Services (GIS)

September 13, 2016 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Two leading global financial advisors — Elizabeth (Lisa) van Walleghem and Thomas J. (Jim) Butler III — with previous responsibility for managing $550 million in client assets, announced today that they have left Merrill Lynch and are partnering with Dynasty Financial Partners to launch a new firm, MAXIMAI Investment Partners.

Based in Coral Gables, Florida, MAXIMAI Investment Partners is an independent boutique investment advisory firm focused on working with ultra-high-net worth entrepreneurs and families from around the world.

In addition to Mr. Butler and Ms. van Walleghem, Alejandro Behrens, Daniella Viete, and Ana Bueso are joining MAXIMAI – all from the Merrill Lynch Miami Latam Complex.

The MAXIMAI team is multigenerational, multilingual and global — as are their clients. MAXIMAI provides concierge services to those entrepreneurs and families with international financial interests, and also provides a keen understanding of the entrepreneurial perspective and the Latin American experience.

“One of the main reasons that we have decided to launch MAXIMAI is our desire to build stronger relationships with our clients, their families and communities by offering objective and transparent advice unconstrained by the structure of a one-firm model,” said Ms. van Walleghem.

According to Mr. Butler, “Given the pace of change within global markets, we must maintain the agility to identify new developments, tap attractive opportunities around the world and deliver advanced solutions while safeguarding client assets. Independence equips us to do all this and more.”

“Lisa, Jim and their team have a strong track record working with institutions and families in Latin America, Europe and around the world on a broad array of complex financial issues. Now, as an independent financial advisory firm, they are well positioned for success in the future as they build out their business. At Dynasty, we are delighted to be partnering with MAXIMAI in expanding our Latin American and international business,” said Shirl Penney, President and CEO of Dynasty.

“One feature that distinguishes the independent wealth management segment is the ability to choose platforms and providers that uniquely meet the client’s needs, which is especially relevant for global clients,” said Javier Rivero, Senior Vice President, International Division at Dynasty. “MAXIMAI recognizes that the independent model is the future for advisors working with global clients that require a truly open platform and we congratulate them on their decision.”

MAXIMAI offers clients and their families comprehensive wealth management services designed to help clients ensure they achieve their most important goals. Their capabilities include international planning, Family Office Services, investment management and, through an extensive network, access to domestic and international estate and trust services, investment bankers, attorneys, tax and other professionals who can ably guide clients through the intricacies of working globally.

MAXIMAI develops customized portfolios that address each client’s specific preferences using a well-developed set of investment models and carefully vetted outside managers. Their strategy team executes market analysis, manager selection and performance monitoring, and employs tactical investment models dependent on clients’ specific objectives as well as market outlook. For more information, please visit

By selecting Dynasty Financial Partners’ integrated platform and Core Value Pillars, MAXIMAI will utilize portions of Dynasty’s investment platform and integrated marketing solutions as well as Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services to custody their advisory assets, Addepar for their client performance reporting and Dynasty’s customized version of Salesforce as their CRM.

Dynasty has entered into an agreement with Global Investor Services, L.C. (“GIS”) in Miami, Florida to provide broker-dealer services for its partner firms, which include custody (through its clearing agreement with Pershing, LLC, a Bank of New York subsidiary), back office and trading solutions.

Ms. van Walleghem, Mr. Butler, Mr. Behrens and Ms. Viete are all registered representatives of GIS.

Dynasty Financial Partners has an existing international business: the firm announced that Florida-based Premia Global Advisors joined the Dynasty Network in early 2016 and, since 2013, Dynasty has also had a very successful partnership with Richardson GMP, one of Canada’s largest independent advisory firms.

MAXIMAI Investment Partners, LLC (“MAXIMAI”) is an investment advisor in Coral Gables, Florida. MAXIMAI is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Registration of an investment advisor with the SEC does not constitute an endorsement of the firm or indicate that the advisor has attained a particular level of skill or ability. A copy of MAXIMAI’s current written disclosure brochure filed with the SEC which discusses among other things, MAXIMAI’s business practices, our services and fees is available through the SEC’s website at:, or by contacting us. MAXIMAI’s services are not available in all states or jurisdictions. MAXIMAI only conducts business in states or jurisdictions where it is properly registered, or excluded or exempted from registration requirements. MAXIMAI’s advisors are also registered representatives of Global Investment Services (GIS), a registered broker-dealer and FINRA/SIPC member located at 777 Brickell Avenue, Miami, Florida.When acting as registered representatives, securities products and services are offered through GIS. Investment advisory and brokerage services involve different types of services, fees, compensation arrangements, rights and responsibilities. Please contact us for additional information. MAXIMAI, GIS, Dynasty Financial Partners, Fidelity Investments, Pershing-Bank of New York Mellon Addepar and Salesforce are not affiliated companies.