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2016 proved to be a record-setting year for RIA M&A deals and the pace shows no sign of slowing this year, according to research and consulting firm Echelon Partners.

“We anticipate a significant increase in advisers looking to drive inorganic growth through an M&A strategy," says Echelon CEO Dan Seivert.

What were some of last year's outstanding benchmarks and what are this year's prospects?

Echelon's inaugural RIA M&A DealBook reveals key metrics that will be of keen interest to both RIA buyers and sellers, including overall deal activity, transactions involving breakaways and billion dollar deals — and where those deals are actually taking place.

Click through to see for yourself.

All data comes from Echelon Partners analysis, the SEC's IARD website and company reports.