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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
Navigating Our World

NOW 2016 | Hope vs. Fear: Winning the Hearts and Minds of Arab Youth

Priyanka Agnihotri, CFA
June 23, 2016

The Middle East, although torn by conflict, shows long-term promise, with a proportionally large and growing population of youth that is online, tech savvy and eager to find economic opportunities. Indeed, the misperception that Arab youth are hostile militants prompts diplomatic approaches to the region that are detrimental to people both within and outside the Arab world, according to the panelists at the NOW 2016 session, “Hope Versus Fear: Winning the Hearts and Minds of Arab Youth.”

Young people across the region seek to educate themselves and to break free from schooling that is aimed at creating obedient citizens who lack skills in critical thinking, according to Nadia Oweidat, a fellow with the International Security Program at New America. Youth express their autonomy and individuality online in ways as simple as posting comments in a chat room or creating their own Facebook page, said Oweidat, who has researched the impact of social media in the region. “You cannot undo the individualism among Arab youth,” she said. “The citizenry is completely different from what the regimes want to control.”

Arab youth have the same aspirations as their counterparts in the West—a job, marriage and family, according to Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. Yet most countries in the region lack the political and social structures that can help youth reach their goals. Consequently, the younger population has splintered—a small number of terrorists make up one extreme, and a small number of entrepreneurs pursue their ambitions on the other extreme. In the middle, youth seek to emigrate, or they create parallel lives on the Internet or through social life at a mall, according to Khouri. Among some youth, the United Arab Emirates has become a magnet for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, thanks to a legal system that protects private property, according to Chris Schroeder, an investor and author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East.

In his address about the crisis in the Middle East at the 2015 World Economic Forum, John Kerry highlighted the race between hope denied and hope fulfilled [that] will be one of the most significant factors to shape the world that we will live in and that our children will inherit. Undoubtedly, the fulfillment of the hopes of Middle-Eastern youth under the age of 25—who represent some 60% of the entire population of the Middle East—will be perhaps the most important determinant of the economic and social direction of the region. A panel of leading regional experts on topics from political and social policy to entrepreneurship to social media discuss ideas to reach this population with positive solutions that can counter the fear-driven messages behind extremist organizations.Still, the region is hamstrung by oligarchies that for years have counted on the support of foreign powers, Khouri said. The rulers tolerate initiatives such as literacy programs or entrepreneurship while tightly controlling access to political and economic power. With roughly 40% of the region’s workforce employed in the gray-market economy, tens of millions of citizens are stuck at a subsistence level with little hope of advancement. The region needs political reform and economic policies that spur job creation and productivity, according to Khouri.

The U.S. and other foreign powers need to recognize that the region can be most effectively influenced through so-called soft power rather than through military action, Khouri said. Washington should advocate that the rule of law apply to all the parties in a dispute, leveraging the fact that many people in the region admire U.S. ideals, he added.

While acknowledging challenges across the Arab world, Khouri said he sees reason for optimism in the Vision 2030 announcement in April by Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The package of economic and social policies was presented as a way to free the kingdom from dependence on oil exports. Yet, according to Khouri, the plan is also a tacit indication that the government knows it can no longer expect to have the same degree of power over people’s lives.


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