Head of Manager Research
Brian Lahart is the head of manager research in the Asset Management group for Abbot Downing. He leads a group of eight professionals responsible for sourcing and vetting external fund managers across both traditional and alternative strategies. Since joining the firm in 2007, Brian has been a leader in the design and construction of the Abbot Downing investment platform, including a proprietary risk assessment model designed to quantify unique risk factors typically associated with alternative strategies. He is also a senior member of the Abbot Downing Asset Allocation, Due Diligence, and Risk Optics committees. With over 22 years in the financial services industry, including 12 years researching and vetting hedge fund strategies, Brian has developed an extensive network and strong reputation within the industry.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Brian was a partner and head of Risk Management at Allianz Hedge Fund Partners for seven years where he helped grow the firm’s assets from $100 million to nearly $1 billion.
Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).