Equities Fixed Income External Managers 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.

Brown Advisory Equity Strategies

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.

Brown Advisory Fixed Income Strategies

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.

Investment Insights and Thoughts from Brown Advisory
Fixed Income, Sustainable Investing Conversation with the Portfolio Manager: Sustainable Core Fixed Income Strategy
Thomas Graff, CFA, Amy Hauter, CFA
September 15, 2017

As of the end of 2015, $1 out of every $5 under professional management was invested in accordance with some sort of social, environmental and governance (ESG) consideration, according to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF). Every year, we see more and more of our clients looking for ways they can use ESG investment principles to potentially boost returns, align their investments and values and make an impact on the world.

Tom Graff, the portfolio manager of the Brown Advisory Sustainable Core Fixed Income Strategy, has seen a tremendous evolution in the tools available to ESG-oriented investors since he began helping clients with ESG mandates in the 1990s. During the early part of his career, ESG investing was generally limited to basic portfolio screening, but today, he and his team use a far more comprehensive approach. “We think about sustainable investing very broadly in this strategy,” notes Amy Hauter, the strategy’s ESG research analyst. “It’s not just about steering clear of polluters. We are looking for companies whose credit profiles are enhanced by the way they manage environmental risk; we also look for bonds whose proceeds are being used to generate positive, measurable impact on society. We leverage ESG information in many different ways.”

Brown Advisory has managed its Sustainable Core Fixed Income strategy for several years. Tom and Amy recently shared some insights about their approach to sustainable investing in an internal question-and-answer session about the strategy; this transcript has been lightly edited.

Q: Why is this the right time for sustainable bonds?

Tom Graff (Portfolio Manager): Historically, ESG investors generally seemed more focused on their equities than on their fixed income holdings. But to address big challenges like climate change, governments and companies will need to fund massive infrastructure projects—retrofitting buildings, factories and power plants; building new renewable power generation capacity; and the like. Those kinds of projects are typically funded in the debt market—some by governments, some by companies.

The reason it’s an exciting moment for the market is that the supply and demand are both accelerating. The development of the green bond market has been the key—issuers can clearly signal the environmental benefits of a bond offering, and the growing body