Founded in 2019, Commonwealth Asset Management (“CWAM”) is a Los Angeles-based investment firm specializing in Real Estate.
Commonwealth targets opportunistic returns through the large-scale platform and entity-level real estate transactions in the “GP” or “Operating Partner” position in sectors with strong secular tailwinds and idiosyncratic inefficiencies that can be harnessed through creative, long-term investment strategies.
Commonwealth’s approach to real estate investment is grounded in our top-down macroeconomic view. As a firm, we believe we are uniquely situated to leverage and inform our real estate investment decision-making.
Our investment approach is guided by 7 key principles:
At our core we are opportunistic investors without bias towards asset classes, industries or geographies.
We consider an intentionally broad and non-traditional cross section of investments, including:
- Operationally intensive asset classes.
- Asset classes that are experiencing a fundamental shift in demand.
- Highly fragmented sectors.
- Idiosyncratic opportunities with informational opacity.
- Asset classes with deeply-entrenched incumbents that have become complacent.
Commonwealth’s research process begins by establishing a view on interest rates given the myriad of ways in which they impact the sector.
With that understanding we form a view of where we sit in the cycle, which informs the ratio of alpha and beta we seek in the portfolio.
The entire process is underpinned by the team’s extensive industry experience.
Commonwealth reviews a diverse array of investment opportunities across verticals.
Our current portfolio comprises investments in the Data Center, Soundstage, Logistics and Communications Infrastructure sectors.
Adam is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of CWAM.
Over the last 18 years, Adam has successfully built and led numerous investment management practices across both public and private markets. Adam’s experience provides a unique input into the research framework at CWAM, where both liquid and illiquid market indicators are assessed to form a structural macro outlook and view of the cycle.
Prior to launching Commonwealth, from 2017 to 2019, Adam served as the Global Head of Macro and Real Estate for a sophisticated, New York-based Family Office. Prior to this role, Adam founded and served as the CIO of Commonwealth Opportunity Capital (“CWOC”), a global macro hedge fund, from its inception in November 2008 until it began the process of returning capital to investors in July 2017. CWOC had approximately $2.3 billion AUM at its closing and 25 employees across 3 office locations. The firm offered two comingled global macro hedge funds as well as multiple co-investment opportunities in both the liquid and illiquid space.
Before CWOC, Adam co-founded Orient Property Group in 2006 focusing on investments throughout the Asia Pacific region and before that from 2003 to 2006, Adam co-founded Irongate Capital Partners (“Irongate”), a property investment and development firm. Irongate and its predecessor entity were involved in property transactions in Florida, California, Hawaii, Mexico, and Canada. Prior to founding Irongate, Adam worked in New York for two private equity firms, NMS Capital and TD Capital, as well as a risk arbitrage firm affiliated with Reservoir Capital.
Adam holds a JD/MBA from Columbia University and serves on the Columbia University Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy Advisory Board. He received his B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Peter Rumbold joined CWAM in June 2019 and oversees all of the firm’s real estate investment activities. Over the last 20 years, Peter has worked with several institutional firms, gathering experience across different phases and sectors of Real Estate investing. Peter’s unique combination of experiences informs Commonwealth's differentiated approach to alpha generation, focusing on value opportunities, progressive economic trends and deal sourcing.
Before joining CWAM, from 2018 to 2019, Peter and Adam Fisher worked together for a sophisticated, New York-based Family Office, where they looked to establish the firm’s direct real estate investment business. Prior to this role, between September 2014 and June 2017, Peter served as the Head of Acquisitions at Winter Properties LLC (“Winter”), a 100-year-old owner, operator, developer and financier of commercial real estate assets throughout New York City. During his tenure there, he oversaw the origination of opportunistic debt and equity transactions, as well as the property and asset management of a portfolio of office and residential properties and mezzanine loans. Prior to Winter, between 2006 and 2014, Peter worked at Cerberus Real Estate Capital Management, LLC (“Cerberus”), where he was responsible for identifying, executing and managing opportunistic real estate investments across all asset classes and geographies and throughout the capital structure. Prior to joining Cerberus, Peter was part of the Acquisitions group at Sterling American Property, Inc. where he was responsible for the underwriting and execution of equity investments in the multifamily and office sectors. From 2002 to 2003, he worked in Investment Banking at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.
Peter graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Economics and French.
Oliver Walters joined CWAM in August 2021 as the Chief Operating Officer. Before joining CWAM Oliver served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer at the Dalio Family Office where he was responsible for supporting the operational infrastructure at the investment and philanthropy-focused office. Oliver previously worked at JP Morgan from 2012 to 2020 as an operations leader within various divisions including: investment banking, risk management and wealth management; his final role was Global Head of Risk Business Management for Asset & Wealth Management.
During his time at JP Morgan he worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York. Prior to JP Morgan, from 2008 to 2012, Oliver held a variety of roles in Corporate Governance and Private Banking with Standard Chartered Bank in London, Dubai and Singapore. Oliver began his career in 2007 with The Bank of New York Mellon in London. Oliver completed 3 years of study in International Relations & Politics at Oxford Brookes University.