The Andriole Group, a Madison based wealth management firm managing US$700 million in client’s assets, has left Merrill Lynch Wealth Management to join Chicago-based HighTower Advisors.

The team of advisers who joined HighTower team in Connecticut include Charles Andriole, Geoffrey Gregory, Robert DeLucca and Matthew Montana.

As part of the move, Andriole’s founder Charles Andriole and his three principals Geoffrey Gregory, Robert DeLucca and Matthew Montana will become partners and managing directors at HighTower.

Additionally Eric Hanson, Christopher McFadden and Alexandra Miele and two senior client service associates will also join the firm, which focuses on high-net-worth families, and related businesses and non-profit organizations.

The new team is the 40th to join HighTower since it was founded five years ago.