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
Sustainable Investing Case Studies Show Sustainable Investing Yields Varied Benefits
Erika Pagel, Dune Thorne, CTFA, CWS
September 12, 2016
When embracing sustainability, families and institutions often affirm their highest ideals.

Nurturing Well-Being Through Sustainable Investing

Nancy Klavans is hardly a newcomer to the idea of backing projects that improve the lives of others. Since 1991 the Germeshausen Foundation created by Nancy’s parents, Polly and Ken Germeshausen, has made innovative grants linking different fields including education, the arts, sustainability, religion and peace- building.

In 2001, Nancy* decided to bring the same focus to the foundation’s investment portfolio. Only a few of the investments were aligned with environmental stewardship and other value-based goals. As her investment counselors, we started by helping the Klavans use screening to curtail their investments in companies tied to fossil fuels, gambling and weapons production. With our guidance they also invested in a group of strategies that use environmental, social and governance research to identify companies that could outperform over the long-term, or what we call sustainable alpha.

Nancy and her family decided to go further by backing innovative, forward-looking leaders who are willing to take risks as they strive to build a stronger sense of community and improve people’s lives. The foundation’s investment return is focused on advancing many of the same philanthropic goals as its grant making. For example, some initiatives are impact investments targeting early-stage companies, including the use of advanced technology and distribution systems to build a supply chain for localized food production.

To date, the Klavans have aligned more than 85% of their portfolio to sustainable investing and nearly 100% is fossil-fuel free. While deploying their assets to benefit the environment and society, the family has not compromised on returns. Since January 2014, their foundation’s portfolio has outperformed the 4.7% average annual gain by its benchmark of bonds and stocks. The Klavans show the success possible when a family takes a step-by-step approach to putting their investments and grant making on parallel tracks.

*We are grateful to the Klavans for allowing us to share their journey in sustainability.

Unity Through Sustainability

We have found that leaders of an institution grow closer together as they work to align their investment decisions with their organization’s values. Through detailed give and take, they clarify their core objectives and achieve stronger unity around common goals.

For example, we advise an agency that is devoted to creating jobs and protecting the environment by expanding the use of renewable energy. During an eight month period, we helped its investment committee draw up a policy statement fully synchronizing the organization’s mission and portfolio holdings.

Committee members tackled some tough questions. Should the institution hold stock in companies with fossil fuel reserves? Should the endowment reject mutual funds with any exposure to the fossil fuel industry? After several extended discussions, the committee decided against holding shares in the fossil fuel sector and limited its holdings to mutual funds with no more than 10% exposure to the industry.

Today, the institution’s diversified portfolio includes equities and fixed income, and we are helping to identify sustainable investments outside the U.S., including in emerging markets.

By clarifying its goals and rallying behind a long-term plan for a sustainable portfolio, the institution set some of the essential building blocks for successful investing.



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