Mariner is a global alternative investment management firm founded in 1992 by William J. Michaelcheck, currently managing approximately $10.5 billion in assets. With a notable record of attracting and developing top proprietary trading talent and seasoned investment managers, Mariner's depth and breadth of investing experience allows the Firm to partner with its investors on a wide range of specialized and diversified mandates, and its robust institutional infrastructure is designed to manage and minimize financial, operational, regulatory and compliance related risks. Mariner became a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in August 2013.
As a firm, Mariner realizes the importance of socially conscious investing to its investors, as well as to its stakeholders, and believes the only effective way to fully incorporate such beliefs is to integrate them into the Firm’s investment process whenever practicable. Mariner’s approach is one of inclusion. That is, the Firm believes ESG information and related risk identification can be additive to the investment process, and, as such, does not expect performance to be impeded but, in fact, to be enhanced as a result of the ESG influence. The implementation and integration of ESG analysis does not replace fundamental or technical analysis, but instead may be performed in conjunction with traditional evaluation in order to more fully develop the decision-making process. Mariner actively invests with an ESG perspective but does not exclude any security or industry. Instead, we seek to understand the ESG-related risks within each of our investment holdings. As part of our risk control, we look for compensated versus uncompensated risks. Furthermore, in conjunction with the evaluation of good governance practices on the companies in which the Firm invests, the majority of Mariner’s offshore funds have a majority independent Board of Directors. Mariner also utilizes Glass Lewis & Co. as a resource for our proxies, to actively vote with environmental, social and governance factors in mind.