Neuberger Berman

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Neuberger Berman Group LLC
Private
Industry Financial Services
Founded New York City, New York, U.S. (1939)
Headquarters 605 Third Avenue
New York City
Key people
George Herbert Walker IV
Chief Executive Officer
Products Investment management
Mutual funds
Equities
Fixed income
Alternative investments
AUM ~$250 billion
Number of employees
2,000 (2015)
Slogan Serious Investing Since 1939
Website www.nb.com

Neuberger Berman is a private, independent, employee-owned investment management firm. The firm manages equities, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund portfolios for global institutional investors, advisors and high-net-worth individuals.[1]

Overview[edit]

Founded in 1939,[2] Neuberger Berman is a privately held asset management firm, which is 100%[3][4] owned by its employees. The company provides investment management and financial planning, fiduciary services, and trust services to its clients. It serves pension plans, charitable organizations, sovereign wealth funds and other institutions, as well as high-net-worth individuals and mutual fund investors, both directly and through financial intermediaries and other partners. The firm has a broad range of investment capabilities, which have enabled it to win numerous public strategic partnership mandates, most notably from Teacher Retirement System of Texas and the National Social Security Fund of China.[5] Known as a firm of investors, the firm has maintained a 97% retention rate among its senior investment teams since 2009,[6] and has been recognized for its distinctive firm culture.[7][8]

History[edit]

Neuberger Berman was originally founded as "Neuberger & Berman", in 1939, by Roy R. Neuberger and Robert Berman.

In the decades that followed its founding, the firm's growth mirrored that of the asset-management industry as a whole. Its success in managing separate accounts, led it to establish the Guardian Fund, in 1950, one of the first no-load mutual funds in the United States. Today, the firm’s complex of open and closed-end mutual funds, includes other well-known funds, including Century Fund (renamed Large Cap Disciplined Growth Fund) and Genesis Fund. In the 1960s, the firm expanded into the management of pension plans and assets of other institutions. In 1979, the firm acquired the Manhattan Fund, from CNA Financial.[9]

Initial Public Offering[edit]

Pre-Lehman bankruptcy logo

After 60 years as a private firm, in October 1999, Neuberger Berman conducted an initial public offering of its shares and commenced trading on the New York Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol "NEU". With the firm's IPO, Larry Zicklin, who had joined the firm in 1969, retired as Chairman of its executive committee. He was succeeded as Chief Executive Officer by Jeffrey B. Lane, a former Vice Chairman of Travelers Group who had joined the firm in 1998 as Chief Administrative Officer.[10] After this the firm embarked on a growth path by acquiring the Fasciano Fund,[11] Executive Monetary Management,[12] Oscar Capital Management,[13] and the private asset management business of Delta Capital Management,[14]

Lehman Brothers acquisition and bankruptcy[edit]

In July 2003, shortly after the retired Mr. Neuberger's 100th birthday, the company announced that it was in merger discussions with Lehman Brothers. These discussions ultimately resulted in the firm's acquisition by Lehman on October 31, 2003, for approximately $2.63 billion in cash and securities, or approximately 26 times earnings.[15] That transaction closed in October 2003 and from that time, until 2008, Neuberger Berman served as one of the asset management arms of Lehman Brothers’ Investment Management Division. In that same year, Lehman acquired fixed income manager Lincoln Capital Fixed Income Management and private equity manager Crossroads Group.[16] While owned by Lehman, the firm continued to grow and acquired other firms, including Sloate, Weisman, Murray and Company, H.A Schupf & Co., and David J. Green & Co., LLC.[17][18][19]

Management Buyout[edit]

On September 15, 2008, virtually unprecedented volatility in global securities markets resulted in Lehman Brothers’ collapse and bankruptcy filing. Neuberger Berman continued to operate, notwithstanding Lehman’s bankruptcy and sought opportunities to spin itself off from its parent.

New York City headquarters on Third Avenue.

On September 29, 2008, Lehman agreed to sell its asset management businesses, including Neuberger Berman, to a pair of private-equity firms, Bain Capital Partners and Hellman & Friedman. The transaction was expected to close in early 2009;[20] however, a competing bid was entered by the firm's management, who ultimately prevailed in a bankruptcy auction held on December 3, scuttling the deal with Bain and Hellman.[21]

The firm spun itself off in May 2009, in a transaction recognized by Fund Industry Intelligence as Deal of the Year.[22] Lehman Brothers' creditors initially retained a 49% common equity interest in the firm and a $875 million preferred equity stake.[21] with a coupon that climbed to 10% over three years. The preferred equity position has also been fully repaid.[23] The new entity, including Neuberger, Lincoln Capital, and Crossroads, was named Neuberger Berman Group LLC.[24] Under employee control, Larry Zicklin rejoined the firm as a member of the Board of Directors. Lehman Brothers creditors have received over $1.5 billion from the employees of Neuberger Berman, dwarfing the proceeds paid by Barclays and Nomura for businesses representing 90% of Lehman Brothers employees.[25]

Independence and Expansion[edit]

Since its reemergence as an independent firm, Neuberger Berman has enjoyed a period of sustained growth. The firm increased its assets under management 14% per year from 2010 to 2014,[26] reaching $250 billion,[27] which placed the firm at the top of its peer group by asset growth.[28] The firm currently employs approximately 2,000 people,[29] and has expanded beyond its traditional equity focus into the growing areas of emerging markets debt,[30] high-yield bonds,[31] liquid alternatives and private equity,[32][33] among other strategies. During this period the firm expanded its global presence, adding coverage offices in key Asia-Pacific markets and elsewhere to be closer to a growing overseas client base.[34]

The end of 2014 marked Neuberger Berman’s return to full employee ownership, highlighting the firm’s independence and clearing the path for future growth.[35][36] Employee ownership has been recognized by industry leaders as a key factor in the success of asset management firms, and Neuberger Berman’s position as an employee-owned firm is cited as a reason for its high talent retention rate.[37] In addition, the firm was named by Pensions & Investments a Best Place to Work in Money Management in both 2013 and 2014.[38][39]

Offices[edit]

The firm is headquartered in the Neuberger Building, located at 605 Third Avenue in New York City, an Emery Roth and Sons designed building, built by Fisher Brothers. In addition, the firm has approximately 16 other offices in key countries around the world. Regional headquarters are in Hong Kong, London and Tokyo, and has additional primary portfolio management centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, The Hague and Singapore.[40] The firm has been in its current headquarters since consolidating its 522 Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue locations in 1992.

In May 2014, the company announced that it will move its headquarters to Vornado Realty Trust's tower at 1290 Avenue of the Americas in midtown Manhattan. The move is scheduled for late 2016.[41]

Philanthropy[edit]

Collectively, Neuberger Berman’s philanthropic efforts are called NB Impacts. NB Impacts includes both employee community service and the grant-making actions of the Neuberger Berman Foundation.[42] The Neuberger Berman Foundation offers grants focusing on at-risk children, youth educational programs, and economic sustainability.[43][44][45][46]

Neuberger Berman conducts an annual week-long program in the spring called “Celebration with Service,” which holds community service events in the cities where the firm has offices.[42][47][48] For its 75th anniversary year in 2014, the firm’s “Celebration with Service” supported 75 volunteer projects worldwide.[42] Since 2012, NB Impacts has deployed more than 4,500 volunteers to work with over 5,000 youth and 800 senior citizens, and also includes approximately 2,000 volunteer hours spent on improving parks and community spaces.[42][49] Through the years, some of the programs Neuberger Berman has been involved in are: The Y,[50] Homes for Heroes,[51] Per Scholas,[52] C-CAP,[53] New York City Service,[54][55] and Habitat for Humanity.[56]

Corporate art collection[edit]

Contemporary art in the workplace has been part of Neuberger Berman’s corporate culture since 1939, when renowned collector Roy Neuberger co-founded the investment firm.[57] In 1990 the firm began developing its own art collection.[58][59] The firm's corporate art collection was absorbed into the Lehman Brothers collection but Neuberger Berman repurchased many of them when the collection was sold at auction in 2010.[60] Today, the Neuberger Berman Collection supports the work of contemporary artists, prominently displaying their work in the firm’s hallways, reception areas and meeting rooms.[57] The collection creates a stimulating and enriching environment for both employees and visitors.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neuberger Berman Commemorates Firm's 75th Anniversary With Annual "Celebration With Service"
  2. ^ Institutional Investor: Neuberger Berman Rises from the Ashes
  3. ^ New York Times Dealbook: A Chief Delivers Neuberger Berman From the Shadow of Lehman
  4. ^ Pensions & Investments: Neuberger Berman employees put a bow on buyback
  5. ^ Institutional Investor: Neuberger Berman Rises From the Ashes
  6. ^ Neuberger Berman Completes MBO from Lehman
  7. ^ Pensions & Investments Best Places to Work 2013
  8. ^ Pensions & Investments Best Places to Work 2014
  9. ^ Funding Universe
  10. ^ Law.com Lehman Brothers/Neuberger Berman
  11. ^ Neuberger Berman to Acquire Investment Advisor to Small-Cap Blend Fund; Fasciano Fund Will Expand Neuberger Berman's Mutual Fund Offerings
  12. ^ Neuberger Berman to Acquire Executive Monetary Management
  13. ^ Highbeam: PR Newswire
  14. ^ Neuberger Berman to Acquire Private Asset Management Business From Delta Capital Management
  15. ^ Thomas, Landon Jr. (2003-07-23). "Market Place; Lehman to Buy Neuberger Berman For $2.6 Billion". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  16. ^ Institutional Investor: Neuberger Berman Rises from the Ashes
  17. ^ BusinessWire.com: Portfolio Management Team Sloate Weisman Joins
  18. ^ Neuberger Berman Inc Acquires HA Schupf Co
  19. ^ Neuberger Berman Intrinsic Value A
  20. ^ Neuberger Berman sold for $2.15B, September 29, 2008
  21. ^ a b http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/04/business/04lehman.html Managers Win Auction for a Part of Lehman
  22. ^ Fund Industry Intelligence 2009 Deal of the Year
  23. ^ http://fortune.com/2012/09/26/how-to-survive-a-wall-street-meltdown/
  24. ^ https://www.nb.com/MYP/NB/PUB/24771/NSP/C/H/B/Q/SplashPage.html?userId=3U37Lqa1240953042000
  25. ^ http://www.institutionalinvestor.com/Article/3307496/Neuberger-Berman-Rises-From-the-Ashes.html
  26. ^ NY Times DealBook: A Chief Delivers Neuberger Berman from the Shadow of Lehman
  27. ^ Neuberger Berman corporate website
  28. ^ NY Times DealBook: A Chief Delivers Neuberger Berman from the Shadow of Lehman
  29. ^ Neuberger Berman corporate website
  30. ^ Neuberger Berman Hires Emerging-Market Debt Team from ING
  31. ^ Neuberger Berman picks senior portfolio manager for global bonds
  32. ^ Neuberger Berman adds former Carlyle mezzanine head Susan Kasser
  33. ^ Institutional Investor: Neuberger Berman Rises from the Ashes
  34. ^ Bloomberg: Neuberger Berman Boosts Assets in East Asia
  35. ^ NY Times DealBook
  36. ^ Pensions & Investments: Neuberger Berman Employees Put a Bow on Buyback>
  37. ^ FundFire: Neuberger Puts Lehman 'Dark Days' in the Past
  38. ^ Pensions & Investments: Best Places to Work 2013
  39. ^ Pensions & Investments: Best Places to Work 2014
  40. ^ www.nb.com contact information
  41. ^ Neuberger Berman to Move Headquarters to Vornado Tower
  42. ^ a b c d Neuberger Berman Commemorates Firm's 75th Anniversary With Annual "Celebration with Service"
  43. ^ Company Overview of The Neuberger Berman Foundation
  44. ^ THE NEUBERGER BERMAN FOUNDATION | GuideStar
  45. ^ Neuberger Berman Lung Cancer Research Center | Weill Cornell Medical College
  46. ^ Summer of serving one’s community | The Queens Chronicle
  47. ^ Neuberger Berman Marks Anniversary with Annual "Celebration with Service" Community Service Events
  48. ^ Neuberger Berman Begins Annual “Celebration with Service” Community Service Events
  49. ^ Neuberger Berman employees help spruce up community | Pensions & Investments
  50. ^ How the Y's partnership with the Neuberger Berman Foundation is helping change lives | YM & YWHA
  51. ^ Berman Gives Back to Homes For Heroes Veterans | Nyack-Piermont Patch
  52. ^ Neuberger Berman | Per Scholas
  53. ^ “Everything speaks” or, C-CAP Alumni Get Coached by the Marketing Masters
  54. ^ DYCD and NYC Service Conclude the 3rd Annual Summer of Service Initiative | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development
  55. ^ NYC SERVICE INITIATIVES SUMMER OF SERVICE | NYC Service
  56. ^ Partners We Work With | Habitat for Humanity
  57. ^ a b Pension & Investments Best Places to Work 2013
  58. ^ Art Daily
  59. ^ Art History
  60. ^ The Art Newspaper

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