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Equities Fixed Income External Managers Private Equity and Real Estate Sustainable Investing

Equities

We follow a philosophy that low-turnover, concentrated portfolios derived from sound bottom-up fundamental research provide an opportunity for attractive performance results over time. We have a culture and firm equity ownership structure that help us attract and retain professionals who share those beliefs, and we follow a repeatable investment process that helps us stay true to our philosophy.

We construct balanced portfolios for individuals, families, endowments, foundations, nonprofits, institutions, consultants, financial intermediaries and other investment professionals depending on their unique needs. We can be 100% open architecture, using third-party managers only, or we can put together a mix of internal and external strategies, whatever is in the client's best interest.

Fixed Income

We follow a philosophy that fixed income strategies built from a foundation of stability coupled with fundamental credit research can seek to generate alpha and control risk. We have a culture and firm equity ownership structure that attract and retain professionals who share those beliefs, and we follow a repeatable investment process that helps us stay true to our philosophy.

We construct balanced portfolios for private clients, nonprofits and institutions depending on the needs of the client. We can be 100% open architecture, using third-party managers only, or we can put together a mix of internal and external strategies, whatever is in the client's best interest.

External Managers

Investment Solutions Group

The Investment Solutions Group is an investment-management team within Brown Advisory that specializes in asset allocation, manager selection, hedge funds and other alternative investment strategies. Dedicated to open-architecture solutions, our team has established a strong track record of identifying high-quality, third-party investment managers across the hedge fund, long-only and private equity universes. We leverage this expertise to help clients assemble portfolios that we believe best fit their needs and goals, offering clients a range of solutions from complete portfolio management to fulfillment of specific hedge-fund and alternative-asset mandates.

Private Equity and Real Estate

Private Equity and Real Estate

Brown Advisory has incorporated private equity and real estate investments in client portfolios since our founding. Today, we can provide that exposure in three distinct ways.

Feeder Funds and Multimanager Funds
We introduce clients to investment opportunities in early- and late-stage venture capital and buyout funds, as well as select real estate funds. We also construct these feeder funds into multimanager funds through our Private Equity Partners (PEP) and Real Estate Partners (REP) vehicles to make private equity investing as easy as possible for our clients.

Customized Private Equity Portfolios
For most clients, private equity is one component of a balanced portfolio that we manage. Other clients, however, come to us specifically for custom-built private equity and real estate portfolios.

Sustainable Investing

Sustainable Investing Strategies

  • Multi-Manager Strategies
  • For clients seeking an open-architecture solution, we have access to several of the premier sustainable managers in the industry - all vetted by internal research.
  • Private Equity
  • Our private equity team is focused on evaluating the growing universe of private impact investments to identify standout opportunities that target various issues of particular concern to our clients. To date, we have placed assets in investments targeting a variety of impact themes such as community impact, microfinance, education technology, sustainable real estate, water initiatives and others.*
  • *Many alternative investments by regulation may only be sold to Accredited Investors (institutions with at least $5 million in assets) or Qualified Purchasers (institutions with at least $25 million in investments).

Customized Portfolios

This diverse assortment of solutions will meet many clients’ sustainability objectives; however, we understand the continued evolution of this space and seek to be able to react quickly to client needs.

For clients with unique missions, value-aligned investing programs, or who simply wish to ensure that they do not own certain controversial companies or have access to certain industries, we offer the following customized options:

Additional Screening: To the extent we have reliable data and can build rules into our compliance systems, we can add specific screens to a separate account to restrict companies (e.g. oil and gas providers) or industries (e.g. tobacco or weaponry).

Customized and Thematic Portfolios: Within a separate account, we can work together to solve for a sustainability need. From a universe of securities researched from both the bottom-up and for their ESG profile, we can assemble a custom portfolio of securities designed to meet many specific sustainable goals or outcomes.

Endowments & Foundations Document Center

We partner with a variety of foundations, endowments and other nonprofits around the world.

As a fiduciary, we can advise organizations on the entirety of their investment portfolio or just certain pieces. Our colleagues personally serve more than 400 nonprofits, giving us an understanding of both the investment and governance challenges facing these organizations.

 

One Pagers

Brown Advisory At A Glance

We believe that organizations deserve an investment partner when they outsource. Commitment to performance, creative strategic advice and the highest levels of service are all essential components of our solution, as we believe that all three are needed to help our clients accomplish their goals.

Click the links below for more information about how we work with your industry.

Pitch Book

Investment Solutions for Endowments & Foundations

We have more than 20 years of experience providing balanced institutional solutions to nonprofits, and our approach is completely focused on providing a customized solution for each client.

When you partner with Brown Advisory, we adapt to your needs. You control the nature of the relationship, from the degree of discretion we take, to the types of solutions we deploy on your behalf.

 

The Advisory

Making More From Less

Many nonprofits face difficulty maintaining their funding levels and have called upon their investment committees to relieve the budgetary stress. Brown Advisory has helped organizations improve their outlook by taking deliberate steps to modify their investment policy, portfolio construction, asset allocation and manager selection.

Whitepapers

Confronting the Unknown - Asset Allocation Perspectives / Outlook for 2018

Throughout 2017, our meetings and conversations with clients very frequently focused on the topic of risk. With the market doing so well for so many years, we all knew that downward volatility would eventually manifest, but we didn’t know when, or to what extent. In February, just days before publishing this report, it happened; the S&P 500 Index fell into correction territory, and no one can say for sure if the market will rebound or decline further in the coming weeks and months. We decided several months ago to focus this year’s Annual Outlook report on risk. While February’s volatility did not materially change our asset allocation views, it reinforced to us the importance of a comprehensive discussion about how we think about risk and how we manage it. We tackle the topic of risk in several different ways throughout this report.

 


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Why Brown Advisory?

The effectiveness of investment committees meeting their organizational goals is being challenged at every angle: market volatility, complexity of assets, costs, regulation, reporting requirements, etc. The traditional way of managing plans—through quarterly meetings and backward-looking reviews—is becoming obsolete. Investment committees must transition from a reactive model to a proactive one, in which giving up discretion can actually enhance a committee’s fiduciary oversight and obligation.

Brown Advisory has a deep heritage and years of experience working with institutions to address their investment challenges, all within well-defined risk parameters and always with the understanding that their goals are paramount and their needs come first.

 
 

OUR CULTURE:
Working as a Team

We believe that decisions are best made with input from a group and in the light of each other’s scrutiny, instead of alone and in the dark. We structure our organization and follow processes that force us to collaborate for the benefit of clients. Through the long tenures of our employees, we develop the mutual trust that allows people to speak their minds freely in pursuit of insight.

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Endowments and Foundations Advisor

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