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Mariner Wealth Advisors Expands Structured Note Investment Capabilities with CAIS

Introduction of structured note SMAs helps Mariner Wealth Advisors scale its alternative investment offerings through CAIS’ best-in-class technology

Marty Bicknell, President and CEO, to speak at the second annual CAIS Alternative Investment Summit in October 2023

CAIS, the leading alternative investment platform for independent financial advisors, today announced that it will introduce the independent wealth channel to Mariner Wealth Advisors’ separately managed accounts (SMAs) capabilities for structured notes. Mariner Wealth Advisors is a privately held advisory firm with over $114 billion[1] in assets under advisement.

“We are excited to further harness the breadth and depth of CAIS’ technology so that we can continue providing comprehensive services for our clients,” said Marty Bicknell, president and CEO of Mariner Wealth Advisors, one of many wealth management leaders speaking at this year’s CAIS Alternative Investment Summit in October. “With the launch of structured note SMAs, financial advisors can access an even broader set of alternative offerings that seek to meet investors’ specific needs, all while avoiding the transactional burdens historically associated with allocating to these products.”

The announcement comes one year after Mariner Wealth Advisors selected CAIS as its exclusive platform for streamlining the alternative investment lifecycle for private equity, private real estate, private credit, venture capital, and hedge funds. Through this new solution, Mariner Wealth Advisors will offer a suite of defined income and growth-oriented structured note SMA strategies, accessible to independent wealth management firms. CAIS’ structured notes offering, which saw a 72% increase year-over-year in sales growth, applies industry-leading technology to facilitate all aspects of the advisor’s structured note journey.

“Structured notes have always been a core product offering in our alternative investment menus, providing advisors with another useful tool as they seek out higher yields, portfolio diversification, and downside protection,” said Marc Premselaar, Senior Managing Director of Capital Markets at CAIS. “We are excited to collaborate with Mariner Wealth Advisors and provide advisors with institutional access to invest in structured notes that continues to leverage our award-winning technology solutions. Expanding our platform’s structured note capabilities for users is consistent with CAIS’ overarching mission: to minimize the barriers to alternative investing for independent advisors and their clients.”

Bicknell is one of many wealth management leaders speaking at CAIS’ second annual Alternative Investment Summit, which takes place October 16-18 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about the event and inquire to attend, click here.

About CAIS

CAIS is the leading alternative investment platform for independent financial advisors who seek improved access to, and education about, alternative investment funds and products. CAIS provides financial advisors with a broad selection of alternative investment strategies, including hedge funds, private equity, private debt, real estate, digital assets, and structured notes, allowing them to capitalize on opportunities and/or withstand ever-changing markets. CAIS also offers custom solutions for advisors seeking to create custom fund vehicles around ideas they source.

As an extension of the platform, CAIS also delivers an on-demand, online learning experience, CAIS IQ, which is designed exclusively to help financial advisors deepen their knowledge and increase their confidence in alternative investment strategies.

Most funds listed on the CAIS Marketplace undergo Mercer's independent due diligence and ongoing monitoring. Mercer diligence reports and fund ratings are available to advisors on the CAIS password-protected platform. CAIS streamlines the end-to-end transaction process through digital subscriptions and integrated reporting with the leading US custodians and reporting providers, which make investing in alternatives simpler.

Founded in 2009, CAIS, a fintech leader, is empowering over 33,000 advisors who oversee more than $3.5 trillion in network assets. Since its inception, CAIS has facilitated over $25 billion in transaction volume as the first truly open marketplace where financial advisors and asset managers engage and transact directly on a massive scale. CAIS has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco and London. For more information about CAIS, please visit

Securities offered through CAIS Capital LLC, member FINRA, SIPC.

About Mariner Wealth Advisors

Mariner Wealth Advisors, a privately held national advisory firm, offers 360° advice designed to last today and beyond. The firm’s wealth advisors collaborate with in-house teams including tax, trust and investment management to create personalized wealth management plans for individual and business clients. This integrated approach to wealth management helps simplify clients’ lives. Founded in 2006, Mariner Wealth Advisors and its affiliates have over $114 billion[1] in assets under advisement.

[1]As of 6/30/23


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