Weiss Asset Management LP is a fee-only firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. It does not take traditional investment advisory clients. Instead, it manages three privately offered pooled investment vehicles, one closed-end investment vehicle listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange and two related institutional clients. If you are looking for a more traditional investment management firm, consider finding one with SmartAsset’s free financial advisor matching service.
Weiss manages more than $3.64 billion in assets.
Weiss Asset Management Background
Weiss was founded in 2003 and was originally known as Weiss Capital, LLC. It took its current name and changed from a limited liability company to a limited partnership in 2010.
Andrew M. Weiss is the principal owner of the firm and is responsible for the management of each client’s portfolio.
Weiss Asset Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes
As noted above, Weiss does not accept clients for investment management, an arrangement where the advisor invests a client’s money in a variety of securities and other investments. Instead, the firm manages four pooled investment vehicles.
To invest in one of these funds, you must be an accredited investor — defined as someone with either a net worth of at least $1 million or an annual income of at least $200,000 for at least two years with the expectation of also earning that in the current year ($300,000 for a married couple) — or a qualified purchaser, defined as someone with at least $5 million in investments (different rules apply for companies or trusts).
The minimum investment for any of the firm’s funds is $5 million.
Services Offered by Weiss Asset Management
The main service Weiss offers is access to its pooled investment vehicles. Other services, like asset management and financial planning, are not available.
The investment philosophy at Weiss differs based on each individual fund:
- Brookdale Funds: These two funds seek high risk-adjusted returns while still controlling risk. Managers at this fund seek to purchase securities or other assets at a discount to observable and measurable reference values.
- The Opportunity Fund: This fund is a portfolio of investments in companies involved in publicly announced mergers, acquisitions or other corporate transactions where statutory “appraisal” or “dissent” rights will be triggered and the firm determines the proposed transaction undervalues the security.
- The AIM-Listed Fund: This fund has a geographic focus on South Korea.
Fees Under Weiss Asset Management
The fees for each of the investment funds are as follows:
- The Brookdale Funds: 1.00% annually
- The AIM-Listed Fund: 1.5% annually
- The Opportunity Fund: the fee is calculated separately for each investment and generally falls between 0.50% and 1.00%
There are also performance-based fees at Weiss. It is generally 25% of the aggregate net profits during a calendar year for the Brookdale funds and either 15% or 20% for the Opportunity Fund. There is no performance fee for the AIM-Listed fund.
What to Watch Out For
Weiss Asset Management had no disclosures of legal or regulatory action in its latest filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
One thing to note: as mentioned before, only accredited investors and qualified purchasers can invest in Weiss Asset Management's funds. If you are a small investor or need financial planning, this firm is not the right fit for you.
Opening an Account With Weiss Asset Management
To open an account with Weiss, you can fill out this form to request information, email email@example.com or call (617) 778-7780.
All information is accurate at the time of writing.
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