Salient Partners completes Forward acquisition

Salient Partners LP has closed its previously announced buy of asset management firm Forward Management. No financial terms were disclosed.


HOUSTON, TX – June 10, 2015 – Salient Partners L.P. (“Salient”) announced today that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Forward Management, LLC (“Forward”), creating a $27 billion diversified asset management firm and reaffirming Salient as a leading provider of liquid alternative and real asset investment strategies. The combined firm has 250 employees across its offices in Houston, San Francisco and New York.

Salient’s management team will continue to be led by John Blaisdell as chairman and chief executive officer, along with Jeremy Radcliffe as president, Lee Partridge as chief investment officer, Ben Hunt as chief risk officer, and Robert Naka as chief operating officer.

The firm’s portfolio management teams report to Lee Partridge, who oversees the combined firm’s investment strategies and investment committees.

“Today marks the conclusion of Forward’s search for the right partner and the beginning of our future together as one firm, as we formally unite our teams to pursue one shared goal in mind—to offer investors and investment advisors cost effective, innovative investment strategies, with true portfolio diversification,” said John Blaisdell.

Commenting on the integration process, Robert Naka stated, “Over the coming months, we will complete the process of integrating and optimizing our businesses to draw the best from each of our firms. We doubled the size of our investment team, quadrupled the number of strategies and significantly expanded the services we offer our investors and investment advisors. We also plan to further invest in leading edge trading, technology and operations systems. These improvements and upgrades will directly and immediately benefit all our key stakeholders.”

Upon completion of the integration process, Salient will announce the final branding for the combined fund platform.

Salient offers a comprehensive suite of alternative multi-asset and single-asset strategies that provide a one-stop solution for investorsand investment advisors to create diversified portfolios using the firm’s core allocation solutions, or enhance existing portfolios with alpha or income-generating options.

Salient’s multi-asset solutions include:
· Global allocation – including risk-parity, global-asset allocation and multi-asset income strategies; and
· Tactical allocation – including trend-following, alternative-beta and tactical-allocation strategies.
Salient’s single-asset solutions include:
· Global equity – including frontier markets and international small cap strategies;
· Fixed income and credit – emerging markets debt and high-yield bond strategies;
· Real assets – including master limited partnerships (MLPs), real estate investment trusts (REITs), preferred stock and global infrastructure commodity strategies; and
· Alternative – ultra-high dividend, equity long/short, real estate, credit long/short, hedge fund and private equity strategies.

Salient will continue its focus on regularly and actively engaging in discourse with investors and investment advisors by providing real-time market views, insights and investment perspectives via traditional and social media channels; these communication channels include Salient’s nationally-recognized Epsilon Theory newsletter, the FWD Thinking blog and Lee Partridge’s monthly market update videos available via the Salient website and Twitter account.

About Salient
Salient is a $27 billion diversified asset management firm and leading provider of liquid alternatives. The firm offers investors and investment advisors multi-asset and single-asset alternative investment solutions in the form of mutual funds, closed-end funds and separately managed accounts, among other investment vehicles. Salient’s comprehensive suite of alternative strategies provides a one-stop solution for investors to create diversified portfolios, using the firm’s core allocation solutions, or enhance existing portfolios, with alpha or income-generating options. These strategies aim to mitigate risk, reduce investing costs and drive returns in any market cycle. Core to the firm’s values is its commitment to regularly engage in market discourse with investment advisors and investors via weekly market observations, investment outlook videos, monthly webcasts, and its nationally-recognized Epsilon Theory newsletter and FWD Thinking blog. Through the active sharing of ideas, Salient seeks to provide real-time market insight and actionable intelligence to its investors. For more information about Salient + Forward, visit Follow Salient on LinkedIn or Twitter and Forward on LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.