Battery Global Advisors provides customized wealth management within an institutional family office framework. We empower our clients to make confident decisions in order to optimize the impact they have on their personal, professional, and philanthropic endeavors. Between the families we advise and the private funds we offer, BGA manages over $1.8 billion of assets for sophisticated investors around the world.
Tax and Estate
Our Family Office Approach
- Learn about family structure, personal goals, and wealth transfer objectives
- Identify cash flow sources and liquidity needs
- Outline existing accounts, financial holdings, and insurance policies
Prepare a Financial
- Develop a personalized investor policy statement and target asset allocation
- Establish a short-term and long-term financial plan
- Facilitate changes in current structure of entities and accounts
Implement & Monitor
- Create a customized portfolio using a variety of strategies and investment vehicles
- Coordinate regular tax planning and annual return compliance
- Manage cash flow, insurance, and charitable needs
- Evaluate monthly portfolio construction, performance, and asset allocation
- Rebalance investment portfolio as necessary to adhere to targets
- Adjust plan when required due to changing situations
Our Investment Approach
BGA was established to provide investment advice to a group of venture capital professionals. To help them achieve their goals, we have developed a suite of investment options that includes ETFs, mutual funds, and separately managed accounts. The additional private funds we have created deliver access to a broad range of strategies including real estate, private equity, hedge funds, electricity trading, commercial aircraft leasing, and pharmaceutical royalties. We understand the importance of building an institutional-quality investment team and customizing portfolios to meet the specific and evolving needs of our clients.
At BGA, we:
Diversifyacross a variety of asset classes
Performextensive fundamental research
Conductdetailed manager due diligence
Maintaina long-term view of performance
Balancerisk and return expectations
Identifyand exploit valuation anomalies
Allocateto managers who can generate alpha
Our employees are our greatest assets. BGA's professionals have significant experience in investing, estate planning, tax, accounting, and operations. These diverse capabilities drive creativity and collaboration, enabling our team to stand out as a valuable resource to clients and investors.
CEO & Chief Investment Officer
John partnered with the leaders of Battery Ventures to establish BGA in 2005. He directs the investment team and is responsible for decisions across a broad range of public and private markets. His investment knowledge spans global equity and credit markets, hedge funds, alternative investments, private equity, and real estate. John has developed a highly specialized expertise in tax, estate, and investment planning for families with exposure to concentrated carried interest positions. He has grown BGA from an internal team serving five families to a family office serving over 25 families around the globe. John previously advised clients on tax and investment matters while at RINET, a financial consulting firm. He earned his BS in Accounting from Bryant University and was a licensed CPA. He volunteers on the boards of Hope and Comfort and Weston Little League, and he coaches youth athletics.
COO & Director of Tax and Estate Planning
John oversees the family office practice and advises high net worth clients on the design and execution of multigenerational estate plans. He leverages his extensive public accounting and tax experience to help clients minimize income, gift, and estate taxes. John has built many longstanding relationships with clients whom he mentors on the family dynamics of wealth transfer. He is a licensed CPA and spent ten years as a Tax Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a member of the AICPA and MSCPA. He earned his BS in Accounting from Boston College and his law degree from Boston College Law School. John serves as the Treasurer of the Needham Soccer Club, and he enjoys coaching his son’s sports teams and playing soccer and golf in his spare time.
CFO & Chief Compliance Officer
Dan manages all aspects of accounting, compliance, and operations for both the firm and its private funds. He supports the investment team with risk management and analysis, and he plays an integral role in manager due diligence. Dan has supervised the legal and structural formation of numerous funds under BGA’s management. In addition, he implements systems and procedures that align the firm with the current technology and security standards in the industry. Dan was previously an auditor at KPMG and an internal auditor at Barclays Capital. A licensed CPA, he earned both a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the NYU Stern School of Business. In his spare time, Dan enjoys playing piano, skiing, softball, and spending time with his family. He serves as a Commissioner of Trust Funds for the town of Needham.
Director of Investments
Alex is responsible for a broad range of investments and client relationships. He helps manage investments in real estate, aircraft leasing, private equity, and pharmaceutical royalties. He works with our clients to orchestrate all aspects of their portfolio construction. Alex leverages his experience as an equity analyst at Fidelity Investments and the Raptor hedge fund at Tudor, where his coverage included technology, media, airline, transportation, and energy companies. He volunteers on the board of Camp Agawam in Maine and is an elected member of the School Committee in Weston. Alex is a CFA® charterholder and earned his BA from Middlebury College and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He enjoys paddle tennis and skiing with his family.
Director of Investments
Matya is responsible for a broad range of investments and client relationships. He helps manage investments in global public market equities—long-only and long-short—and a variety of other one-off strategies. He works with our clients to orchestrate all aspects of their portfolio construction. Previously, he analyzed equities and derivative strategies as part of Harvard Management Company’s internal trading team. Before that, Matya traded various fixed income products for Susquehanna International Group, a private proprietary trading group. A member of CFA Society Boston, Matya earned his SB in Physics from MIT and is a CFA® charterholder. He enjoys taking his kids ice skating, cheering for his favorite sports teams, baking pizza, and volunteering in his community.
Allison handles day-to-day relationship management for her family office advisory clients. Her areas of focus are cash flow planning, reporting, investment facilitation, and ongoing ad-hoc projects driven by client needs. She also customizes and maintains the firm’s financial reporting and CRM systems to ensure their effectiveness for employees, clients, and investors. Prior to joining BGA, she was a member of the administration team at Battery Ventures. Allison graduated with a BS from Elon University and attained her CFP® certification in 2017. She enjoys kiteboarding in the warmer months and playing tennis year-round.
Tax and Estate Planning Advisor
Hillel oversees BGA’s family office practice in Israel and maintains relationships with our clients and their professional partners. He advises families on how to navigate tax compliance issues in the US and Israel. He supervises estate planning, accounting, and reporting while helping clients to minimize income, gift, and estate taxes. Hillel is a licensed US CPA with extensive experience in both American and Israeli tax law. Prior to joining BGA, he spent seven years at Israel’s leading US tax firm advising high net worth individuals and venture capitalists. Hillel received his BS in Accounting from Yeshiva University and began his professional career at Deloitte & Touche in New York. He earned his MBA at Bar-Ilan University after relocating to Israel with his family in 2002.
Director of Investments
David is responsible for a broad range of investments and client relationships. He identifies, evaluates, and manages opportunities within the fixed income, real asset, and alternative income markets for all BGA funds and family office clients. He works with our clients to orchestrate all aspects of their portfolio construction. David spent ten years working in the Private Banking division of Credit Suisse as a Senior Fixed Income Trader focusing on rates and credit products. David earned a BS in Finance and MIS from the University of Albany, and he holds an MBA in Finance from the Baruch College Zicklin School of Business. He enjoys skiing, tennis, and traveling with his family.
Tax and Estate Planning Advisor
Erik advises his clients on the development and integration of tax, estate, and financial planning strategies to help them minimize income, gift, and estate taxes. He helps families understand the impact financial planning decisions have on their current tax picture as well as their longer-term personal and philanthropic goals. Before joining BGA, he spent seven years at GW & Wade, a private wealth advisory firm. Erik earned his BA from the College of the Holy Cross and his JD from Suffolk University Law School. He has been admitted to the Connecticut and Massachusetts bars and previously held the Series 7 General Securities license and the Series 66 Securities Agent & Investment Adviser Representative license. Outside of work, Erik can be found on the south shore playing golf or spending time at the beach with his family.
Lindsay handles day-to-day relationship management for her family office advisory clients. Her areas of focus are cash flow planning, reporting, investment facilitation, and ongoing ad-hoc projects driven by client needs. Lindsay helps manage our Israel practice, working closely with both our employees and client families to help navigate the complexities that arise with dual citizenship. Prior to joining BGA, she worked as a Relationship Manager at Crestwood Advisors. Lindsay graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Economics and is a CFP® practitioner. Outside of the office, Lindsay enjoys staying active: going for long runs, skiing, and exploring the city by foot. She resides in South Boston with her husband and son.
Kristin handles day-to-day relationship management for her family office advisory clients. Her areas of focus are cash flow planning, reporting, investment facilitation, and ongoing ad-hoc projects driven by client needs. She advises clients around the globe to help them navigate their intricate financial and estate planning structures. Kristin utilizes experience gained in the four years she worked on the Client Advisory & Wealth Planning team at Boston Private Wealth before joining BGA. Kristin, a CFP® professional, graduated with a BSBA in Finance from Elon University’s Love School of Business. She enjoys spin classes and spending summer weekends on Cape Cod.
Amanda focuses on all aspects of accounting, tax compliance, and reporting for BGA’s private funds. She supports the CFO in the areas of legal and regulatory compliance, operations, and system administration and maintenance. Prior to BGA, she worked as an Accounting Manager at Broadscope Fund Administrators and as an Assistant Controller at AEW Capital Management. Amanda, a licensed CPA, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Family Studies before attaining an MS in Accounting and MBA from Northeastern University. She enjoys spending time at the beach in the summer and traveling.
Nam is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities across different asset classes and capital structures. He collaborates with other members of the investment team on new idea generation and the analysis of existing portfolio holdings. He conducts research on asset allocation, capital markets, and macroeconomic trends. Nam’s prior experience includes internships at G2 Capital Advisors, Traub Capital Management, and PepsiCo Inc. He earned a BS in Finance from Hanoi National Economics University and an MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University. In his free time, Nam enjoys watching and playing soccer, kayaking, traveling, and trying out different cuisines.
Conor is responsible for analyzing investment opportunities across different asset classes and capital structures. He collaborates with other members of the investment team on new idea generation and the analysis of existing portfolio holdings. He conducts research on asset allocation, capital markets, and macroeconomic trends. Conor leverages accounting experience gained through positions he has held at Battery Ventures, State Street, Fidelity, and Deloitte. He earned a BBS in Economics and Finance from the University of Limerick and is a triple recipient of the Kemmy Business School Outstanding Scholar Award. In his spare time, you will find Conor exploring the local music scene in Boston or visiting family in his native Ireland.
Alison’s areas of focus are accounting, reporting, cash flow planning, and tax support for the family office. Her longstanding relationships with many of our advisory clients allow her to successfully manage ad-hoc projects driven by their various needs. Prior to joining BGA in 2005, she worked in operations and trade support for Fidelity Investments. Alison graduated with a BS in Finance from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University (OH) and has served as Treasurer for the Hanlon School PTO in Westwood. She is an avid Boston Bruins fan and enjoys skiing with her family.
David supports the tax and estate planning team with projections and analysis. He assists with general family office operations and helps evaluate the tax implications of investments. Prior to joining BGA, David spent two years in the Family Office Department at Ayco, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs. While receiving his BS in Finance from DePaul University, David interned at Morgan Stanley in their Wealth Management Department. He previously held the Series 7 General Securities license as well as the Series 66 Securities Agent & Investment Adviser Representative license. Outside of the office, David enjoys watching sports, fishing, and relaxing on the beach in Maine.
Sylvie supports the family office team in Israel with client service and general operations. She works alongside our tax advisors and relationship managers to ensure a seamless experience for our clients residing in Israel. Sylvie is a lawyer with experience in real estate law, coordinating and implementing budgets and campaigns, and has served as a close advisor to the Minister of Culture and Sport. She graduated from the Excellence Program at Bar-Ilan University with an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor of Laws, and she has been a member of the Israel Bar Association since 2017. Sylvie enjoys tennis, skiing, playing the piano, and spending time with family.
Kelly supports the family office team with accounting, reporting, operations, and client service. She manages the majority of incoming firm communication and assists the Relationship Managers with client-driven projects and requests. Kelly, a licensed CPA, began her career in PwC’s assurance practice, where she audited asset & wealth management firms. She graduated with a BSBA in Finance and a BS in Accounting from Elon University. In her free time, Kelly enjoys cooking and traveling to new places.
Laura assists the family office and investment teams with their administrative needs. She supports family office clients directly with accounting, bill pay, and special requests. She also facilitates meetings, travel, and events for the entire staff. Laura brings over 30 years of company-specific knowledge and historical context to BGA; before transitioning to BGA in 2011, Laura had worked as an Executive Assistant at Battery Ventures since the company’s inception. Laura is a graduate of Katharine Gibbs College and enjoys mid-coast Maine, needlepoint, and ice skating.
Our Advisory Board
Chairman, Board of Directors; Investment Advisory Board
Philip Bullen has been affiliated with BGA since 2008 as an employee, director, and advisor. He has over 35 years of experience in the asset management industry as both a President/CEO and Chief Investment Officer. He was Group Chief Investment Officer of Fidelity Management & Research Company where during his tenure he was responsible for US Core, Capital Appreciation, and Growth funds, and prior to that all institutional assets, international equities, and real estate. Previously he was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Santander Global Advisors, a boutique global money management company with assets in excess of $1.8bn under management. He started in the asset management business in 1977 with Baring Asset Management and during his time with the firm managed US and international equity mandates. He specialized in asset allocation and using quantitative techniques to add value to the investment process. At the end of his career at Baring Asset Management he was President of Baring Asset Management Inc. and responsible for all of the group’s investment management activities in North America.
Mr. Bullen is a member of the investment committee at The Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research, he is on the board of directors of Aviva US, and he is an advisor to The Man Group. He previously chaired the investment committee at Boston University and was a member of the investment committee at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has an MBA from the City University Business School, London and is a CFA® charterholder.
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Tom joined Battery Ventures in 1989 and was responsible for managing all investment and operational aspects of the firm. His primary focus had been on the communications and e-commerce sectors. Tom has been actively involved in the venture industry and previously served as a board member of the NVCA. In 2005, he was invited to join the board of the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), which brings together business, university and government leaders in a public/private partnership to build the state’s technology economy. Tom began his venture capital career in 1986 when he joined Abacus Ventures, a partnership focused on communications investments. He has been in the technology business since 1980, holding positions with IBM’s mainframe and minicomputer business. Tom received a BA in Business from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Board of Directors
Chris retired in 2018 as Chief Operating Partner and Chief Compliance Officer at Battery Ventures. During his fifteen year career at BV, he was responsible for managing the firm’s operational, finance, human resource, information systems, compliance, and administrative functions. Chris joined Battery from WaterCove Networks, where he served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to WaterCove, Chris was the CFO of two public companies, NetGenesis and Saville Systems, and one private company, !hey Software. He also served as Treasurer for System Software Associates, and began his career as a tax professional with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Chris is a CPA, holds a MS degree in Taxation from DePaul University and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois.
Investment Advisory Board
Morris Smith began his professional career in 1982 as an analyst at Fidelity Investments where he covered lodging, gaming and all of the housing-related industries. After several years he was promoted to manager of the Fidelity Select Leisure Fund and then the Fidelity Over-the-Counter Fund. In 1990, Morris was selected to take over for Peter Lynch in managing Fidelity’s largest and most successful fund at the time, the Magellan Fund. Magellan posted very strong returns and assets under management grew from $13b to $20b before Morris retired from Fidelity in 1992. After leaving Fidelity, Morris moved with his family to Israel to pursue religious studies. He and his family now reside in New York where he spends his time studying, managing his personal capital, and working with various charitable organizations. Morris received his undergraduate degree from Queens College and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Investment Advisory Board
Investment Advisory Board
Tom joined the BGA Advisory Board in July of 2018. He recently retired from Cambridge Associates after 25 years of working with clients developing and implementing investment policy as well as providing support to the Cambridge proprietary research done for alternative investments. Prior to Cambridge Associates, Tom worked in the private equity business investing in small growth businesses for 7 years as well as with Thermo Electron in both US and Canadian divisions as the Chief Financial Officer for 4 years. He started his career with Coopers and Lybrand in Montreal and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1976.
Investment and Real Estate Advisory Boards
Kevin founded CYS, a publicly traded mortgage REIT, in 2006 and served as Chairman, CEO, CIO, and President until the company was sold in 2018. Kevin began his investing career in 1985 with Aetna Bond Investors. From there Kevin served as Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Fidelity Investments. At Fidelity, Kevin was responsible for management of fixed income assets in mutual funds, institutional separate accounts, and the oversight of many separate accounts for Fidelity’s institutional clients. In 2005, Kevin founded Sharpridge Capital Management where he served as CEO until its dissolution in 2012. Kevin earned a BA and MBA in Economics from the University of Hartford.
Real Estate Advisory Board
Bill is the Senior Vice President and Director of Eastern Region Real Estate Acquisitions at GID Investment Advisers. He is responsible for the selection, due diligence, financial evaluation, structuring, negotiating and closing of multi-family investments on the East Coast. Bill joined the company in the Accounting Department in 1994. Since joining the Acquisition Department in 1999, he has been involved in the acquisition of over 12,000 units in 35 multi-family assets and one million square feet of office/industrial flex product. Total consideration of these assets is in excess of $3.6 billion. Bill graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and later earned his MBA from Bentley University.
Real Estate Advisory Board
Peter has been active in commercial real estate finance since earning his MBA from Stanford University in 1973. Peter co-founded Fowler, Goedecke & Co., Inc. in 1974, participated in its acquisition of Leggat McCall & Werner Financial Corporation in 1981 and subsequent growth as Fowler Goedecke Ellis & O’Connor, Inc. to become the Northeast’s largest privately-held mortgage banking firm. Coincident with the sale of FGEO to Amresco in 1998, Peter founded Goedecke & Co., LLC to carry on the mission of its predecessor: the confidential provision of advice free of conflicts of interest leading to the arrangement of real estate financings optimized for the client and the investor, not the intermediary, with a concentration on New England assets. In conjunction with founding and running the two firms, during his career Peter has successfully arranged billions in financing for virtually every type of income producing real estate, under nearly every conceivable financial structure.
Real Estate Advisory Board
Josh is widely known as a Boston-based real estate developer. Since 1985 he has been the President of multiple real estate companies involved in acquisition, development and management of shopping centers and apartment communities in the New England area. In addition to his work in the real estate industry, Josh has spent time as a Professor, teaching real estate development and finance at Dartmouth College, Brandeis University & Tel Aviv University. Prior to his time at Rochester Management Corp., Joshua worked as an attorney for Goulston & Storrs, P.C.. His position as an attorney grew from his time as a Law Clerk at the United States District Court, District of Delaware. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a Juris Doctor Degree.
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