Equities Fixed Income Hedge Funds Private Equity and Real Estate Sustainable Investing


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 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.

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. Meet the Investment Solutions Group.

Hedge Funds

Hedge Funds

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.

Founded in June 2002, the Investment Solutions Group now manages in excess of $3.4 billion for clients (data as of January 31, 2017) in a combination of managed accounts, advisory relationships and fund-of-fund offerings.

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.

For more information on private equity please click here or contact Jacob Hodes at 410-537-5315 or [email protected].

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.


Although the divorce rate has fallen for many years, the emotional and financial costs from a split-up are often very high. Protecting inherited assets from a claim by a family member’s ex-spouse can help limit those losses. Such protection can be a cornerstone for sound estate planning.

Few terms have the potential to kill the excitement of a wedding engagement as quickly as “prenuptial agreement.”

Among other benefits, these agreements can ensure an inheritance does not go to a descendant’s ex-spouse by clarifying the holdings of a couple and how they would split their assets in the event of divorce or death. But a prenuptial agreement can also provoke stress for a young engaged couple who envision a future of marital bliss and resent any pressure to negotiate a contract that contemplates their divorce.

Protecting inheritances is an especially crucial part of multigenerational planning given the huge transfer of wealth to come. As baby boomers in North America pass away during the next four decades, they will give to their descendants about $30 trillion in inheritance, according to Accenture.

While we are advocates of prenuptial agreements and their ability to cover a broad range of issues, families may consider alternatives that focus on protecting a family legacy. A parent or grandparent can set up many of these vehicles without the consent of, or any financial disclosure to, a descendant’s future spouse. These approaches can last for generations and also shield family assets from general creditors.

Different Paths

Two alternatives, which can be set up long before any marital engagement, include:

Discretionary trust. This empowers an independent trustee to manage the trust assets and make decisions regarding distributions to descendant’s. If necessary, the trustee can distribute assets to a descendant. But the descendants’ lack of control over the assets ensures that ex-spouses and creditors cannot make a legitimate claim into the future. A discretionary trust can provide a means of multigenerational estate planning by establishing how assets are passed on and reduce future generations’ potential estate-tax liability.

Family limited partnership (FLP). This is a closely held business similar in structure to a limited liability company. A descendant can own an interest in an FLP but, as with a discretionary trust, a single party can manage FLP funds and make decisions regarding distributions from the partnership to family members. An FLP can ensure solid protection of its funds from claims by a descendant’s ex-spouses and creditors. FLPs also are excellent investment vehicles, enabling families to pool investment assets and streamline both management and oversight.

These structures avoid the possible complications and hurt feelings that can accompany a prenuptial agreement. Young couples in love may feel offended by pressure from family to enter into prenuptial agreements and, in the midst of their joy, may resist entering into an agreement that feels like a business transaction. Also, if only one family insists on a prenuptial agreement, it risks sending a message of mistrust. Pressure to enter into an agreement may provoke lasting resentment. Sometimes discussions over a prenuptial agreement become so contentious that the families abandon the idea altogether.


Shielding Assets

While offering meaningful advantages for estate planning, prenuptial agreements are not the only way to protect inherited assets against claims by former spouses. Two alternatives fulfill the same role, while also offering additional benefits.


Still, even after creating the above estate-planning vehicles to protect inheritances, some families may want their children and grandchildren to enter into prenuptial agreements. The agreements have the advantage of detailing how assets would be split in a divorce, whether inherited assets would be subject to division and the support obligations each spouse has to the other.

Stress Reduction

We have identified some ways that can limit the potential stress from drawing up a prenuptial agreement:

First, provide as much forewarning as possible. If a family plans to ask all children and grandchildren to sign an agreement, the family should raise the topic well before any potential spouses have entered the picture to show that the agreement is family practice and not disapproval of any individual or his or her fiancée. For the people entering into the family, the more time that they have to adjust to the idea of a prenuptial agreement and understand the family practice, the less likely they will feel under pressure.

Second, families can ask that a child’s or grandchild’s prenuptial agreement focus only on inherited assets while characterizing those assets as a legacy to preserve for future generations. At the same time, the engaged couple can have total discretion over how to handle the assets that they accumulate during the marriage.

Finally, families can reduce the chances for lasting resentment by making the discussion over the prenuptial agreement more like a negotiation instead of an imposition.

Ideally, every engaged couple will plot their own path to “happily ever after.” Prenuptial agreements— or alternatives like a discretionary trust or FLP—may not ensure marital bliss. But they can be essential to protecting a legacy.


Please download The Advisory to read other articles in this issue including:

Shadow Consumption
By Paul Chew, CFA, Head of Investments

Economic recoveries usually feature a surge in consumption as employment and wages rebound. Current U.S. consumption data might instead suggest that many consumers are on the sidelines. But rather than clutching their pocketbooks, consumers are reaching for their smartphones and using digital technology to find bargains online and to share goods, potentially influencing the data.

Europe's Slow Climb
By Mick Dillon, CFA, Portfolio Manager, Global Leaders Strategy; Priyanka Agnihotri, CFA, Equity Research Analyst

Greece’s debt crisis has dominated the headlines in Europe this year but has not halted regional growth or vitality among European companies showing unexpected earnings strength.

Rude Awakening
By Stephen Shutz, CFA, Tax-Exempt Portfolio Manager

As recently as 2012 Puerto Rico was able to sell to investors public-sector bonds despite its bleak fiscal outlook and shrinking economy. The commonwealth’s default last month on a portion of $72 billion in troubled debt spotlights not just an ill-advised investment, but a pitfall in the municipal bond market.

Dream or Opportunity
By Taylor Graff, CFA, Asset Allocation Analyst

China’s plummeting stock prices, slowing economic growth and currency volatility have pushed many investors out of the market. Nevertheless, we believe that a discriminating investment strategy toward China and neighboring emerging markets has the potential to yield meaningful long-term gains, especially from growth in China’s middle class.

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