Bankwell Financial Group in New Canaan, Conn., has formed an investment services group.

The $680 million-asset company said Wednesday that it launched Bankwell Investment Services after hiring adviser Louis Czerwinski from First Niagara Investment Services.

"In addition to providing customers with an expanded range of financial services, [customers] will also benefit from the convenience of being able to invest where they bank," Peyton Patterson, Bankwell's president and chief executive, said in a press release. "We offer comprehensive wealth management and retirement services, including annuities, estate planning, financial planning, insurance services and more. We believe that our customers will benefit from a global approach to managing their investments and the customized analysis we provide in advising them."

Bankwell, formerly BNC Financial, bought Wilton Bank earlier this year. The company also raised $6.2 million in a private offering.

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