Corporate Advisory Services

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Corporate Advisory Services

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Whatever your personal goals may be, we will work with you to develop a customized financial strategy designed to help you pursue what’s most important to you.

Corporate Advisory Services

Directed Services for Plan Sponsors

Helping you focus on your greatest asset—your employees
Based in Washington, D.C., Corporate Advisory Services is a team of highly qualified financial advisors with more than 100 years of combined experience providing affluent individuals—especially corporate executives—and their families with customized wealth management advice and guidance.

The team can also address the unique financial needs of equity awards plan sponsors. Trevor Nelson is among a select number of professionals at Merrill Lynch who hold the prestigious Equity Plan Consultant title and are well versed in assisting corporations with equity compensation plans.

We understand that a well-designed and maintained equity compensation plan can play a critical role in attracting, retaining and rewarding key employees. Trevor, supported by the rest of the Corporate Advisory Services team, has the resources and skills to help you with the complex and time-consuming task of developing a plan that creates value for your company and your employees and can provide access to administrative services. He can work with you to understand your special needs and provide access to the resources and products to help address them.

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A dynamic suite of plan sponsor services

Drawing on our years of experience as well as the resources of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we seek to enhance the equity award benefit for both sponsors and participants.

Through Bank of America Merrill Lynch's AwardChoice®, we can provide plan sponsors with access to resources and services to help simplify plan administration and help employees manage their awards. These include:

  • Tools for fine-tuning incentive compensation for specific groups of executives, managers and employees
  • Recordkeeping, maintenance and tracking services
  • Online financial reporting
  • A plan sponsor Web site providing virtually 24/7 access to reports and plan data
  • A Web site for employees providing access to such important information and services as account balances, statements and option exercise
  • Participant education and alerts about such events as option expirations and awards vesting
Additional services offered to plan sponsors includes
  • Quarterly reviews and mini discovery meetings with human resources managers to provide them with up-to-date information and education about granting compensation awards
  • Assistance with plan disclosure, compliance and registration requirements

The Private Banking and Investment Group is a division of MLPF&S that offers a broad array of personalized wealth management products and services. Both brokerage and investment advisory services (including financial planning) are offered by the Group's Private Wealth Advisors through MLPF&S, a registered broker-dealer and registered investment adviser. The nature and degree of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and client rights and Merrill Lynch's obligations will differ among these services. Investments involve risk, including the possible loss of principal investment.
The banking, credit and trust services sold by the Group's Private Wealth Advisors are offered by licensed banks and trust companies, including Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC, and other affiliated banks.
Merrill Lynch offers a broad range of brokerage, investment advisory (including financial planning) and other services. There are important differences between brokerage and investment advisory services, including the type of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and the rights and obligations of the parties. It is important to understand the differences, particularly when determining a service or services to select.

Flexible design for employee needs

Recognizing that every employee has different needs, goals and financial experience, we offer plan participants a suite of services designed to help each one understand and take advantage of his or her awards benefits, including:

  • Periodic on-site reviews and education sessions designed to help employees understand their choices when exercising options or selling vested shares
  • Specialized wealth management guidance through individual consultations to help integrate equity and other compensation—including nonqualified deferred compensation plans, pension plans and health savings and flexible spending accounts—into an overall wealth management strategy
To help address the specialized needs of executives, we can assist with the design and servicing of Rule 10b5-1 trading plans and the reporting of company stock transactions to designated corporate officers to help meet SEC reporting obligations.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is a marketing name for the Retirement Services businesses of Bank of America Corporation ("BofA Corp."). Banking and fiduciary activities are performed by wholly owned banking affiliates of BofA Corp., including Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC. Brokerage services are performed by wholly owned brokerage affiliates of BofA Corp., including Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated ("MLFP&S"), a registered broker-dealer and Member SIPC.

  • We keep clients informed. They shouldn't have to wonder if something they've asked us to do has been done. Our goal is to address issues immediately and follow up through their completion.Wayne F. Nelson | Managing Director | Wealth Management Advisor

Meet the Team

Supported by the global resources of Merrill Lynch, our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill Lynch, trust and fiduciary services from U.S. Trust, and the banking convenience of Bank of America to help you pursue your goals. We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.

Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
Using your finances to bring it all together
  • Merrill Lynch Investment Accounts1
  • Investment Advisory Accounts1
  • Alternative Investments1
  • Exchange-Traded Funds1
  • Mutual Funds1
  • Closed-end Funds1
  • Fixed Income Products1
  • Options1
  • Annuities3
  • Impact Portfolios1
  • Market-Linked Investments1
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Margin1
  • Home Loans2
  • Bank of America Checking and Savings Accounts2
  • Credit Cards2
  • Online Account Access1,2

1Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2Banking products are offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.

Staying on Track

We understand that both your life and the financial markets can change over time. By periodically checking in to discuss changes in your life and revisiting your financial strategy, our goal is to help give you peace of mind* that you're on track to help achieve what's most important to you.

Regular reviews to help you stay on track
Regular reviews to help you stay on track

We'll meet with you periodically to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We'll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial strategy to help you stay on course.

  • Sample client review agenda
  • Sample Wealth Outlook Report
Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals
Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals

Your life and goals change. We can help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.

Access to what you need, when you need it

MyMerrill is your destination for access to your financial information, secure communications, and a robust offering of tools and capabilities.

  • Your advisor is never more than a click away within our site or mobile apps
  • Manage account security with our customizable security capabilities such as touch id, one time passcode, and other security features
  • Access to your complete financial life is available with My Financial Picture, Merrill Lynch’s asset aggregation tool

*Peace of mind is an aspirational state of mind that clients hope to achieve. There are no guaranteed results following completion of the Goals-Based Wealth Management process because markets can fluctuate and investments can lose value. Advisors work with clients to help them understand how the goals based wealth management process can help to address their concerns, financial situation and priorities.

Let’s Have a Conversation

Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, we can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can we offer an approach that is built around your life priorities and the ongoing advice you need to help you manage fluctuations in the market and changes in your life. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.

Why Merrill Lynch?

As Merrill Lynch financial advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment strategy to pursue your goals.


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Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

Getting to know you is our primary goal.

A comprehensive approach, built around your life’s priorities.

Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill Lynch, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

Adjusting your plan as your life and the markets change.

We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.