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 Cultivating Foreign Clients 

Our book of business has become very multijurisdictional given what has been happening in the world, specifically in Latin America, for the last 10 years. Rising security, economic and political concerns have driven more wealthy families to the U.S. which means properly managing these complexities and implementing the appropriate planning strategies before moving to the U.S. Most of the 18 core families that BigSur works with have Latin American roots and members spread out over more than one country.

Marisa L. Hernandez to Join BigSur Partners as COO

In a statement, the company told Funds Society: “Marisa is a highly accomplished investment professional with 19 years of experience across asset classes, industries and regions. We are delighted to have an executive of her talent and seniority join our leadership team, as we are positioning BigSur for the next leg of growth given an exciting set of opportunities in the wealth management business.”


Hernandez joins BigSur after a successful career as an equity analyst and Co-Portfolio Manager at prestigious finance organizations in New York. She worked at asset manager Neuberger Berman for the last 12 years, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President. She was previously an equity analyst at UBS Securities.

BigSur Partners & NYU Stern co-host event with “Wall Street’s Dean of Valuation”

NYU Stern Professor Aswath Damodaran recently headlined the BigSur Partners Event Series, welcomed by more than 150 business executives, community leaders, clients and NYU alumni. Known as “Wall Street’s Dean of Valuation,” Professor Aswath Damodaran is a captivating speaker with compelling ideas and a unique understanding of current asset pricing, valuation and investor sentiment. His talk focused on how the power of story drives corporate value, adding substance to numbers and persuading even cautious investors to take risks.

Financial Times 2018 FT 300 Top Registered Investment Adviser


BigSur Partners is pleased to announce it has been named to the 2018 edition of the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers. The list recognizes top independent RIA firms from across the U.S. The final FT 300 represents an impressive cohort of elite RIA firms, as the “average” practice in this year’s list has been in existence for over 22 years and manages $4 billion in assets.

BigSur Partners & NYU Stern co-host event with Professor Scott Galloway 

“We are honored to co-host this event with NYU Stern given our commitment to collaborating with the greatest minds across our network. We internally created the “BigSur Intelligence Unit”, in which we strive to find the best ideas throughout academia, industry experts, leading family offices and other stakeholders across financial markets. We believe it is important to always look at the world from different points of view and to listen closely to innovative thinkers,” said Ignacio Pakciarz, Economist, Founder and CEO at BigSur Partners.

 Hispanic-Americans Work to Bolster Philanthropy at Home

“What these organizations are doing in funding local organizations is making people living abroad more comfortable,” said Ignacio Pakciarz, chief executive of BigSur Partners, an investment firm, and a board member of Reaching U, a charity focused on education in his native Uruguay. “If you want people to donate, you’re going to have to call them twice. You’re going to have to send them an invitation. You’re going to have to push. It’s not natural. They’re not going to call you and say, ‘I want to make a donation.’ ”

 Serving Latin America’s Wealthy, American-Style

Mr. Pakciarz set out to introduce a new model of financial advice to wealthy families in Latin America: American-style independent wealth management that goes beyond investing a part of a family’s money. He aims to coordinate various investment portfolios, businesses, and other assets into a holistic wealth- and financial-planning strategy.

 When a Client Makes an Unusual Request

A member of a long-time client family called financial adviser Ignacio Pakciarz a few months ago with an unusual request. She wanted to know if her family, which was worth more than $100 million, would consider investing in a risky biotech startup. “Usually we have one point person with a large family, and in this case, she wasn’t that person, so it was a bit peculiar,” says Mr. Pakciarz

 2016 FT 300 Top Registered Investment Adviser 

BigSur Partners is pleased to announce it has been named to the 2016 Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers. The list recognizes top independent RIA firms from across the U.S. The “average” FT 300 firm has been in existence for 22 years and manages $2.6 billion in assets.

 BigSur Partners Strengthens its Team with John Roesset’s Appointment

John Roësset, a well-known banker with over 20 years experience in the financial services industry, has joined the BigSur Partners team as a Senior Investment Adviser focused on Central America. BigSur Partners strengthens its team in Miami with this appointment.

 Art Markets in Latin America: Demand & Outlook

In 2012, Latin American auction sales saw massive growth- increasing by 25% to $84.8 million. There is broad consensus amongst art experts that the Latin American market will experience growth. ArtTactic, the leading art market analysis and research firm, published in its 2013 outlook that 67% of art buyers expect the Latin American art market to expand in 2013.

 Investing Directly in Commercial Real Estate

After the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, many of our clients said they felt a disconnect between themselves and the capital markets and wanted to participate more in the real economy. We encouraged our clients with portfolios in the $10 million to $150 million range do just that by helping them purchase shares of commercial real estate held by limited liability companies.

 Working with a Latin American Client to Get a Visa

A multimillionaire in his mid-40s was living in Latin America and wanted to immigrate to the U.S. with his wife and three teenagers. He turned to his investment adviser for help in securing a visa. Rafael Iribarren, managing partner of BigSur Wealth Management LLC in Miami, had never helped a client through the immigration process before, so he wasn’t sure precisely of his role. But Mr. Iribarren, who is from Argentina and immigrated to the U.S. 15 years ago, set out to see how he could help.

 Opportunistic Positioning for Multigenerational Wealth

After the 2008-‘09 financial crisis, we have been in a long and slow moving economic and market cycle, where immense amounts of money creation from global central banks have flown to the more liquid areas of the capital markets. This long and slow dynamic has been characterized as the “turtle cycle,” with a recovery that inches forward, pushed by consistent flows of created capital. As the Fed ends quantitative easing in October, we think the European Central Bank will start quantitative easing very soon, prolonging this “turtle cycle” for at least another two or three more years.

 Millionaires See Real Estate as Top 2014

Wealthy investors are turning to a rebounding real estate market as fixed-income yields remain historically low and equities surge. About 77 percent of investors with at least $1 million in assets own real estate, according to a survey released today by the New York-based investment bank’s wealth-management unit. Direct ownership of residential and commercial properties was the No. 1 alternative-investment pick for 2014, with a third of millionaires surveyed saying they plan to buy this year.

 ETF Ideas for Banks in a Rising-Rate Environment

Ignacio Pakciarz, chief executive of BigSur Partners, also recommends investments in regional banks, arguing that they will see “very strong” dividend growth over the next few years, a key driver of stock performance.

 BigSur, a Model of Independent Portfolio Management

If not administered and managed correctly, family wealth is squandered in three generations. The success, happiness and peace of future generations depend on the ability of wealth managers, either of their own wealth or that of others. “The reality is that wealth is consumed in three generations. One of our functions is to eliminate or mitigate the possibility that the legacy is destroyed,” says Ignacio Pakciarz, CEO of BigSur, in an interview with Funds Society.

 BigSur Closes its Eighth Commercial Real Estate Transaction in Five Years

BigSur Partners, a multifamily office based in Miami headed by Ignacio Pakciarz and Rafael Iribarren, has completed its eighth Commercial Real Estate transaction in five years. This is the fifth acquisition in the Class A office market. The first acquisition took place in 2009, selling it a year and a half later, and earning an IRR of 30% for its investors.

 Gabriel Politzer joins BigSur as Head of Asset Management and Chief Strategy Officer

Gabriel Politzer brings over 30 years of expertise at leading financial institutions, including JPMorgan, UBS and ING. Politzer has extensive experience in trading and investing in several asset classes, and has also served as an advisor to several senior government officials, including ministers of finance and Central Bank governors. He served as Chief Strategy Officer of Patagon, an equity brokerage and online banking firm in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, which was sold to Grupo Santander for $750mm in 2001.

 Boosting Returns with Commercial Real Estate

During the financial crisis, BigSur Wealth Management’s clients grew weary of trying to grow their wealth in a highly volatile and poorly performing market. As a result, the Miami-based firm and its clients–mostly wealthy families from Latin America–began exploring opportunities to invest in an asset class with low correlations to the stock and bond markets: commercial real estate.