Entrepreneurial spirit prevails at Barlow Partners
Mon Oct 3, 2011
New York-based FoHF takes a lean and clean approach to long/short equity manager selection
By Claire Makin
There are no junior analysts at Barlow Partners, the mid-town
Manhattan-based fund of funds house that George Hambrecht,
president, says he ran more or less single-handedly for the
first seven years of its life, after its launch in 1994.
|Elizabeth Hilpman and Ted Werthman
The same emphasis on seniority goes for
Barlow’s 23 underlying managers, all of them
long/short equity specialists, and none with less than 10
years’ experience in the business. Nine have run
money for 20 or more years.
Now with $1.6 billion under management, Barlow Partners
still runs a tight ship, employing just five senior investment
professionals. "We follow one strategy – long/short
equity – and make no asset-allocation decisions. All
we need to focus on is individual managers," Hambrecht says.
Selecting and monitoring managers occupies all but a tiny
per¬centage of their time.
Unlike fund of funds managers who offer...
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