Cunningham, Helfrich & Associates

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Significant wealth requires a sophisticated, highly customized approach tailored to your unique goals and priorities. We serve a limited number of ultra-high net worth clients enabling us to harness the power of our world-class organization to address your objectives and help manage the complexities of multigenerational wealth.

Meet the Team

The private wealth advisors with Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group are rigorously trained to meet the specialized needs of individuals and families of wealth. We build relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Kirk  Cunningham

Kirk Cunningham

Senior Vice President

Private Wealth Manager

312.706.2937
Todd  Helfrich

Todd Helfrich

Senior Vice President

Private Wealth Manager

312.706.2938
Robert  Gale

Robert Gale,

Private Wealth Relationship Manager

312.706.2939
Patrick J. Sweeney

Patrick J. Sweeney,

Registered Private Wealth Associate

312.706.2940

Strategies designed to help you achieve your goals

As a client of the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch, you have access to services and resources ordinarily reserved for the world’s largest institutions. We work with individuals, families spanning multiple generations, business owners and executives. Using a goals-based wealth management approach, we put our clients at the center of every personalized strategy.

Our Approach

Our Commitment to our Clients

A relationship with our distinctly qualified team is characterized by good stewardship; proactive, well-reasoned advice; conscientious client service; and accountability to you and your family for decades to come.

We believe that a dedicated focus on a limited number of clients and their priorities will breed the trust, confidence, loyalty, mutual respect, and responsiveness that our clients deserve.
 

A Commitment to Service

Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group is committed to providing a select group of wealthy clients with highly personalized one-on-one service. When you work with us, our knowledgeable, rigorously trained Private Wealth Advisors will gain a deep understanding of your goals, help you develop a multigenerational wealth strategy, help you monitor its success and update your strategy as needed. We are committed to providing you access to the investment insights of Merrill Lynch and the banking convenience of Bank of America, and we will continue to invest in client tools and new technology to enhance your overall experience as you and your private wealth advisor pursue what’s most important to you.

Our Philosophy

We believe that your unique goals should be at the center of all of your financial decisions and form the foundation of your financial strategy. Because significant wealth requires sophisticated, highly customized strategies, we believe in building lasting relationships with a limited number of clients, taking the time to understand your most important priorities for today, tomorrow and your long-term future. Our philosophy celebrates collaboration. Working with a team of specialists, we draw on the resources and insights of a global financial institution to create strategies that reflect your aspirations for yourself and current and future generations of your family. Finally, we believe that while significant wealth brings complex challenges, our experience, passion and perspectives can help you simplify your life.

Your Objectives, Our Capabilities

We recognize that your unique goals and priorities are the centerpiece of our relationship with you. To that end, we work as a team to provide the network of specialists required to advise on complex subjects such as investments, estate planning, family dynamics and governance, and philanthropy.

We leverage a true open architecture investment platform to deliver customized strategies that meet our rigorous due diligence standards. 

Our investment and wealth management counsel is informed by deep resources and expertise delivered on a world-class investment and banking platform.

Company Founders, Private Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

When you have built your own business, your personal finances and the life of your company are closely intertwined. You may be thinking about how to invest in your company’s growth while also deciding how best to use your personal assets. Helping ensure the future of your business likely involves employee benefits, retirement plans and succession planning. Helping secure your family’s legacy could entail wealth transfer strategies, trusts and philanthropy. Whatever your specific needs, we at Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group can help entrepreneurs and business owners balance their personal lives with their life’s work. We are dedicated in providing the experience and resources to support your ongoing success.

Intergenerational Family Wealth

Managing your family’s wealth across multiple generations goes beyond protecting and preserving assets, minimizing taxes and designating heirs. Your goals also likely include passing on values and helping the next generation become effective stewards of wealth. Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group helps a select group of families with personalized wealth transfer strategies, family wealth education and developing and implementing philanthropic visions. In working with you to create strategies that reflect your family’s intentions and help ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, we proceed in a manner that recognizes the complexities of your life challenges and the unique nature of your goals. Our extensive experience working with other families of significant wealth enables us to see and share best practices to help you achieve them.

Corporate Executives

We understand the complexities that come with your executive position and the extreme demands on your time. We can help you develop a customized strategy that your wealth and compensation require. We can help you manage the risk of your concentrated stock position while navigating complex SEC rules, trading restrictions and reporting requirements. If you’ve just been promoted and would like help evaluating your new compensation plan, or if you’re looking to develop a long-term financial strategy for you and your family – designed to enable you to live life as you want it, with reliable access to cash – we can help simplify your financial life, as well as develop new strategies as your career and goals evolve.

Foundations and Endowments

An investment portfolio tailored to your needs is crucial to advancing your organization’s mission and carrying on its important work. We have extensive experience working with endowments and foundations and have a keen understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of board and committee members for investment management and financial oversight. The portfolios we construct are carefully designed to promote stability, efficiency and growth, and to perform effectively under a variety of market conditions. We also offer advice on board governance and reporting, and help in meeting regulatory and operating challenges. We provide access to the customized services your organization needs with discretion and skill.

Family Offices

As private wealth advisors with Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group, we work with some of the most prominent families to help them manage the ongoing complexities of their wealth. Our deep experience with family offices enables us to tailor a range of services to meet your specific needs. We can provide access to solutions ranging from investment and wealth management to governance, asset custody and administration, as well as assisting in the financial education of younger family members. In working with you to create and implement plans reflecting your specific intentions, our goal is to help your family enterprise succeed, and that your knowledge and values are passed along to the next generation. Together, we will focus on strategies that recognize the unique nature of your family’s mission, history and goals.

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Your dedicated Private Banking and Investment Group team is ready to help you pursue what's most important to you.

Our Vision

For clients of substantial wealth, Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group provides an experience that is both powerful and personal. We are dedicated to helping you pursue your goals for today while developing a wealth strategy designed to support your family members for the years to come.

A trusted one-on-one relationship
Your private wealth advisor and team of specialists work with a limited number of clients, enabling them to focus their time, training and passion on helping you simplify your personal and business finances and prepare your next generation as stewards of wealth.

Boutique-like service with the access to the investment resources of Merrill Lynch and banking convenience of Bank of America

We combine the personalized attention and feel of a smaller firm with the power and insights of a global financial institution, creating strategies tailored to your unique situation.

A relentless commitment to transparency and customized strategies

As our client, know that we are working in your best interests, providing sophisticated strategies designed to anticipate and meet your evolving financial needs.

Cunningham, Helfrich & Associates

Private Wealth Advisors