BBR Partners, LLC is a fee-only financial advisor firm with offices in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. The firm’s team of 65 advisors oversees BBR Partners’ more than $14 billion in assets under management (AUM). High-net-worth individuals make up the largest portion of the firm’s client base, which is likely due to its steep $20 million minimum. The firm primarily provides wealth advisory services, investment management and portfolio consolidation.
BBR Partners Background
BBR Partners was founded in 1999 by managing partner and director of portfolio and wealth advisory, Evan Roth, and managing partner and director of investment research, Brett Barth. Roth and Barth are still the principal owners of the firm, although they own it indirectly through ownership of BBR Partners’ parent company, BBR Partners Holdings, LP. The firm has an additional 15 individual minority owners.
BBR Partners’ team boasts a few advisory certifications, including one advisor with an estate and gift tax planning certificate, one certified public accountant (CPA), one certified financial planner (CFP), one certified investment management analyst (CIMA) and one chartered financial analyst (CFA).
What Types of Clients Does BBR Partners Accept?
BBR Partners has a steep, but waivable $20 million account minimum, making it accessible to mostly wealthy investors. Aside from this group, which makes up more than 80% of BBR Partners’ overall client base, the firm also works with non-high-net-worth individuals, families, estates, trusts, family partnerships, foundations, charitable organizations, businesses and pooled investment vehicles.
BBR Partners Minimum Account Size
To become a client of BBR Partners, you must have at least $20 million in investable assets. However, the firm does state in its Form ADV (SEC-filed paperwork) that it reserves the right to accept clients with lower levels of investable assets under certain circumstances.
Services Offered by BBR Partners
BBR Partners is a full-service financial advisor firm, meaning it provides a range of investment management and wealth advisory services. Here is a full list of BBR Partners’ offerings:
- Investment management
- Proprietary investment research
- Customized asset allocations
- Tax minimization
- Negotiation of manager fees
- Socially responsible and value-based investing principles
- Active, passive, illiquid and other investment strategies
- Wealth advisory
- Multigenerational financial planning
- Family office
- Trust planning
- Estate planning
- Tax planning
- Incorporation of your personal accountant and lawyer
- Philanthropic gift planning
- Investment and wealth management education
- Analysis and reviews of:
- Insurance needs
- Real estate
- Special interests
- Portfolio reporting
- All publicly and privately held assets in one place
- Monthly portfolio statements
- Personalized portfolio reviews
BBR Partners Investment Philosophy
BBR Partners prioritizes long-term investment growth and wealth preservation. Should opportunities arise, though, the firm will engage in short-term purchases, short sales and trading. This is done to not only take advantage of immediate gains, but also to help meet clients’ liquidity needs.
BBR Partners may use any combination of individual equities, fixed-income securities, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), exchange-traded notes (ETNs), mutual funds and private investment funds in client portfolios. The firm bases its final investment decisions on each client’s personal risk tolerance and ultimate financial goals, which the advisor will determine at the outset of his or her relationship with the client.
Fees Under BBR Partners
BBR Partners uses a straightforward fee schedule, with fees based on a percentage of assets under management. Like many firms, BBR Partners’ rates drop the more you invest with the firm. The rate for portfolios that exceed $150 million in value is negotiable. BBR Partners gives no indication as to what the rate may be, but it’s likely lower than the 0.50% rate for portfolios between $30 million and $150 million. The firm technically does not have a minimum annual fee. However, it does have a $20 million account minimum, which effectively results in a minimum fee of $150,000.
|Investment Advisory and Wealth Management Fees|
|Your Portfolio’s Market Value||Annual Fee|
|$30MM - $150MM||0.50%|
BBR Partners calculates fees based on the market value of your portfolio. The firm divides its above annual fee rates into four fees, and it charges clients at the conclusion of every quarter. To pay these fees, you can either have a statement sent to you directly or have it debited from your portfolio.
What to Watch Out For
BBR Partners’ $20 million minimum investment requirement, though technically waivable, essentially makes the firm out of reach for all non-high-net-worth investors. In other words, if you don’t have a lot of money to invest, BBR Partners may not be the right firm for you.
According to BBR Partners’ Form ADV, the firm has a clean legal and regulatory record.
Opening an Account With BBR Partners
The best way to get in touch with BBR Partners if you’re interested in becoming a client is to call whichever one of its three offices is nearest to you:
- New York: (212) 313-9870
- San Francisco: (415) 926-7111
- Chicago: (312) 340-0920
If you’d prefer that an advisor reach out to you, BBR provides an email form on the contact page of its website. All you need to provide is your name, email address, phone number and a short description of the services you’re looking for.
Where Is BBR Partners Located?
BBR Partners’ main office is in New York City, at Two Grand Central Tower, 140 East 45th Street on the 26th floor. The firm operates three branches in total, though. Its other two offices are in San Francisco and Chicago.
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