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Managing Director & Portfolio Manager

Experience is a Safe Guide

Michael joined Commons Capital Advisors in 2017 as a Portfolio Manager and Managing Director of our New York City office. He is a seasoned investment manager with 20 years of experience, of which 16 years were spent as a hedge fund portfolio manager. He has extensive experience investing in the major asset classes including domestic and international equities, fixed income, publicly traded real estate and commodities. Michael has a deep understanding of how to utilize options and short selling to enhance client portfolios while reducing beta.

Meticulous Attention to Detail

Michael monitors a wide variety of economic, monetary, and market indicators in order to optimize risk-adjusted returns.  Michael is involved in all aspects of portfolio management including stock screening, modeling of earnings and balance sheet projections, investigative research, interviewing management teams, and risk management.

From 2002-2016, Michael was co-portfolio manager of the CRM Windridge hedge fund (which at its peak had more than $700 million under management) at Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn. The hedge fund focused on macro, industry and company research.  

In 2000, he was the junior member of a two-person team that received proprietary capital from ING to start a real estate securities hedge fund (Windridge Partners).  He transitioned to Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn in 2002 in a lift out of Windridge Partners.

From 1997 to 2000, he was an associate analyst in research covering Real Estate Investment Trusts at Furman Selz (which was acquired by ING).

Michael received a Master’s of Science degree in Economics from The Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.  Michael is an avid skier and tennis player and is involved in the Wide Horizons for Children charity.

team members

malik a. smith, csna, cltc

First Vice President
Private Wealth Advisor

jonathan d. straus, csna

Founding Principal
Portfolio Manager

rose m. thompson, crpc®

Vice President
Private Wealth Advisor