HighTower Advisors attracted financial advisors at a faster pace in the first quarter of this year than it did in all of last year.

Six teams officially joined HighTower in the first quarter, all transitioning from wirehouse firms, while an undisclosed number of others are now in the transition process, Mike Papedis, the executive vice president of business development, said in an interview Tuesday. In 2011, a total of nine teams transitioned to HighTower.

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