Mercury Capital Advisors Opens Seattle Office In iFunds Push

Oct 20 2017 | 10:21pm ET

Global private investment placement agent Mercury Capital Advisors opened a new office in Seattle, Washington and tapped iFunds distribution executive director Brian Hanson to lead it. 

The announcement is the latest step in the company’s strategy of complementing a brick-and-mortar presence with its Mercury iFunds digital platform in key wealth markets, Mercury said in a statement. It comes just a few weeks after the company named former Guggenheim Partners executive Donal Mastrangelo as head of U.S. distribution for iFunds. 

In his new role, Hanson will report to Mastrangelo, the company said. Prior to joining Mercury, Hanson was the director of business development at $7 billion alternative investment manager Silver Creek Capital Management, and previously spent nine years at Quellos Group, an alternative fund of funds manager purchased by BlackRock in 2007.

The Mercury iFunds platform is a digital solution offering a range of curated non-correlated investments to the wealth management community through financial intermediaries.

Founded in 2009 following a spinout from Merrill Lynch, New York-based Mercury Capital Advisors is one of the largest global institutional alternatives placement agents in the world. The company has sixteen offices and affiliates in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and brings more than 600 years of collective distribution and origination experience to fundraising, direct placements, secondaries, and co-investments. 

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