Fri, Nov 27, 2015
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Rosemont Investment Partners buys into Los Angeles based wealth manager Westmount

Monday, July 18, 2011

Robert A. Berliner
Opalesque Industry Update - Rosemont Investment Partners, LLC (Rosemont) has announced that it has made an investment in Westmount Asset Management, LLC (Westmount or the Company). Westmount will remain majority owned by its founders, Robert Berliner and Jim Berliner, and Rosemont, a private equity boutique focused exclusively on making investments in asset management companies, will own a minority stake. Rosemonts investment is being used to assist in an equity recapitalization, and to create opportunities to expand the firms ownership internally. As a result of the recapitalization, two long-term, valued employees of Westmount, Mike Amash and Chris Werner, will become partners.

Westmount was founded in Los Angeles, CA in 1990 by Robert Berliner and Jim Berliner. The firm provides sophisticated, institutional investment management services and related planning advice, delivered in a manner tailored to each clients unique objectives. The Company currently manages approximately $1.4 billion on behalf of high net worth individuals, foundations, endowments and pension plans, and is among the oldest and largest independent investment advisors in Los Angeles.

Westmount has frequently been recognized as one of the 100 leading wealth advisory firms in the United States. Westmount employs an open architecture platform with a well-developed and highly customized asset allocation process that employs best-of-breed outside managers to diversify its clients accounts across various asset classes, including fixed income, equities and alternative assets. The Company employs 20 people, 11 of whom comprise the in-house investment committee that reviews asset allocation and manager selection decisions.

The Westmount team applies nearly 200 years of collective investment experience to its investment decision-making, and is supported by an accomplished staff that provides all the critical non-investment functions that are required to manage a successful investment management firm.

Jim Berliner, Westmounts President and Chief Investment Officer, commented on the transaction: Partnering with Rosemont gives us the opportunity to accomplish a number of important objectives, including providing a path to ownership for other leaders at the firm, and retains our investment and operational autonomy, which is so vital to serving our clients best interests. We are also delighted to have access to the considerable experience of the Rosemont team on the myriad of issues relating to practice management. David Silvera, Managing Director of Rosemont, noted: Westmount has a well- established reputation as a trusted advisor and counsel to its clients. Rosemont is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the entire Westmount team as they continue to build on that foundation by serving their clients needs, reinvesting in the people and resources that will allow the business to grow in a thoughtful and client-focused manner.

The transaction is expected to close in August 2011. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

(press release)


What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing

  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Other Voices: Hedge fund marketing and the selling cycle[more]

    By Bruce Frumerman. How long is the selling cycle now? Thats a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash. Wa

  2. People - Solus Alternative Asset Management adds chief strategist from BTIG[more]

    From Daniel Greenhaus joined hedge fund manager Solus Alternative Asset Management as managing director and chief strategist. He will work closely with Chris Bondy, Solus chief economist, managing director and executive vice president, said Chris Pucillo, CEO and chief investmen

  3. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega

  5. More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqins November