By Jon Chesto, Boston Globe

And now it’s [Robertson Stephens] returning to Boston, once its second-biggest city. Piazza last month hired away Jerry Nigro and Virginia Madden from UBS to launch a small office in Two International Place. There are also plans for offices in New York, Chicago, and southern California.

“The respect for our brand is very strong in Boston [and] there’s an increasing amount of ‘new wealth’ throughout New England,” said Piazza, who came out of retirement to run Robbie. “Things have changed, times have changed [but] they’re different in a good way."