Westport was founded in 2005 by Russel Bernard and a core team of principals who collectively have over 100 years of Real Estate investment management, operating, consulting, and brokerage services experience. Our senior investment professionals have worked together for an average of nearly 20 years – at Westport for over a decade and previously at Oaktree, where Mr. Bernard led that firm’s global real estate investment business for 10 years.
As an independent firm specializing exclusively in opportunistic real estate investing, Westport focuses on generating consistently attractive risk-adjusted returns through a wide range of value-added transactions, distressed assets, financial securities, off-market situations, operating partnerships, development opportunities both domestically and internationally, and “hands-on” solutions to complex situations on behalf of our investors.
Westport operates from offices in: Wilton, Connecticut and Los Angeles, California. Together with our investment teams, the firm’s Legal, Compliance, Operations, Accounting, Investor Relations, and Administrative professionals work in close partnership to ensure the institutional quality and rigorous standards of Westport’s investment products, client services, operating partners and our organization overall.