Stark to head Wilshire Phoenix’s new alternative investment unit

Wilshire Phoenix has named Mason Stark as a partner and head of its new alternative investments division, Wilshire Phoenix Asset Management. Stark is a former managing director at Ramius Capital Group.


NEW YORK, NY – March 28, 2019 – Wilshire Phoenix, is thrilled to announce the addition of Mason Stark as a Partner and Head of the firm’s newly-formed Alternative Investments Division, Wilshire Phoenix Asset Management.

“Bringing Mason on to steward Wilshire Phoenix’s Alternative Investments Division was an easy decision. He sees the markets in a way that few others are able and has a rare mix of technical expertise and a client first mindset. Mason joins Wilshire Phoenix Asset Management with decades of experience as an equity analyst, trader and portfolio manager where he astutely managed hedged-equity and long/short portfolios with over a billion in gross assets, successfully navigating some of the most volatile markets throughout the last 20+ years. It’s a true pleasure to welcome Mason as a Partner and member of our Executive Leadership Team,” said Bill Herrmann, Wilshire Phoenix’s Founder and Managing Partner.

“I am delighted to join the extraordinary team at Wilshire Phoenix, and honored to lead the firm’s Alternative Investments Division,” said Mason Stark, Partner and Head of Wilshire Phoenix Asset Management. “Most of all I look forward to delivering alternative investment solutions that help our institutional and private clients achieve their performance goals.”

Mason Stark
Mr. Stark began his career at Granite Capital as an Equities Analyst and Trader, before leaving as the Head of Granite’s Trading in 2000 to join Ramius Capital Group (RCG), where he eventually became a Managing Director. At RCG, Mr. Stark managed more than a billion of gross invested capital using a low beta and bottoms-up fundamental approach. He started the Hedged Equity component of the firm’s flagship Multi-Strategy product in 2002. After the merger between The Cowen Group and Ramius Capital Group in 2010, Mr. Stark with two other members from RCG Hedged Equity went on to found Ballast Capital, LP, and was successfully seeded by Investcorp. From Ballast, he went on to numerous consulting appointments, including research roles at Ambi Advisors, and as an Independent Representative with The Healy Group. Mr. Stark is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College with a B.A in Economics and International Relations. He has also held the Series 7, 56, 63 and 65 Licenses.

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