our history

Established in 1995 by Jon Bauer, Janice Stanton and Gil Tenzer, Contrarian is a distressed investing specialist with one of the most stable portfolio management teams in the industry. Jon and Janice have been managing portfolios of distressed securities together since 1986 (joined by Gil in 1993). Portfolio Managers Xiao Song, Bill Raine and Brett Rowland joined Contrarian in 2003, Keith McCormack and Karim El Khoury in 2004, and Graham Morris in 2006. We believe this continuity of senior management provides Contrarian with a competitive edge in sourcing and analyzing investment opportunities, as well as navigating the portfolio through multiple business cycles.

Today, the multi-billion dollar firm manages predominately institutional client assets, employing professionals across offices in Greenwich, Connecticut (global headquarters), Paris, London, São Paulo, and Hong Kong. While the firm has broadened the team and capabilities over time, Contrarian has consistently managed clients’ portfolios with a singular focus on distressed investing. With more than 30 years of distressed investing experience, the Contrarian team has particular expertise investing in private securities and complex claims, and maintains a keen focus on capital preservation.