Drew began his career in financial services in 1999 at Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management, where, in 2008, he successfully achieved membership in the firm’s influential Leadership Council. In April 2009, he joined UBS Private Wealth Management. Drew was named by Barron's as one of the top 100 advisors in California for 2013. Drew is also a distinguished member of the Chairman's council, which represents the top 3% of advisors at UBS. He holds Series 3, 7 and 66 securities licenses.
Prior to his career in wealth management, Drew spent seven years designing and managing the construction of custom racing yachts at Nelson/Marek Yacht Design, focusing primarily on the design of America's Cup Yachts. In addition to designing the yachts, Drew was a crew member aboard multiple America's Cup yachts. Drew obtained an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia with honors. He received a B.S. and an M.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His clients have appreciated his team's holistic approach, incorporating liability management, estate planning, along with tax optimization and philanthropic strategies into their investment advice, creating a thoughtful overall financial plan. The team focuses on providing executives of both public and private companies, as well as multi-generational families a "family office" experience -- with the objective of being their trusted advisor, providing thoughtful advice regarding any financial issue that may arise.
Drew is passionate about animals, serving on the boards and as treasurer for two non-profit animal rescues, Farm Girl Dog Rescue & AHPHA -- Animals Help People & People Help Animals. He is passionate about sailing and is an active member of the New York Yacht Club, the San Diego Yacht Club and the California Yacht Club, serving on multiple boards at the Clubs. Drew also is a member of UJA Federation. He currently resides in the Pacific Palisades.
Registered States: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, MA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, WA
Michael D. Kanigher
Senior Vice President – Wealth Management
Private Wealth Advisor
With over 14 years of experience in private wealth management, Michael joined UBS Wealth Management in 2003 from Goldman Sachs, where he gained vast knowledge and training addressing the needs of ultra high net worth clients within its Private Wealth division.
Michael has focused his practice on a select number of sophisticated clients which enables him to be more accessible for devoting the time and exceptional level of service managing substantial wealth demands. He is a passionate problem solver, and provides critical insight and solutions for his clients’ complex wealth management needs.
Recognized professionally for an accomplished career and dedicated service, Michael has earned a seat on the influential UBS Financial Advisor Advisory Council (FAAC). The FAAC, a select group of 14 Financial Advisors whose collective voice represents all UBS Advisors, addressing their critical issues and concerns that ultimately help Advisors better serve their clients. In addition, he is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the UBS Portfolio Management Program and currently serves on the Private Wealth Management Banking Committee, which advises the firm on lending issues that impact the firm’s wealthiest clients.
Finally, Michael is a distinguished member of the UBS Chairman’s council, which represents the top 3% of Financial Advisors in the firm. Most recently, he was named to Barron’s “Top 1,200” Financial Advisors in the United States and “Top 120” Advisors in California. Michael attributes this success to the shared efforts of his team.
Michael earned an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson where he subsequently joined the Alumni Executive board and served as chairman of the Alumni Development Committee. He also attended San DiegoStateUniversity, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration with distinction in Finance. He holds Series 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 24, 63 and 65 securities licenses as well as a life insurance license.
Outside of work, Michael is a runner and triathlete and all-around family man. In March 2014, he completed his first marathon. He resides in Sherman Oaks with his wife, Hillary and their two daughters. While he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his children and attending their school activities, he has also dedicated time to serve on the Executive Board of weSPARK CancerSupportCenter.
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Brendan has been with UBS in Private Wealth Management since the beginning of 2012. Prior to joining UBS he was an Agent at UTA in Los Angeles and he began his career in commercial real estate at NAI in Boston, MA.
He holds the Series 7 & 66 securities licenses as well as a life insurance license. Brendan received a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Policy & Law at The University of Washington and when called for leverages that experience for clients interested in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and Sustainable investing. In addition, Brendan was a member of the University of Washington Men's Varsity Rowing Team.
He resides on the beach in Marina Del Rey with his wife, Samantha, and their two children. Outside of work, Brendan enjoys golf and ocean swimming and is a Los Angeles Regional Advisory Board Member of The Ireland Funds and a supporter of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA.
Mark joined the team after completing his MBA from Pepperdine University in April of 2011. He is in charge of portfolio analysis, custom reporting/modeling, and implementation of client portfolios. Prior to joining UBS Mark worked at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. He received a BA in business administration from Pepperdine in 2009. Mark holds the Series 7 & 66 licenses, and is a candidate for the first level of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. While at Pepperdine, Mark made multiple trips down to San Felipe, Mexico through a service group committed to building houses for impoverished families. In his free time Mark enjoys surfing, cycling and playing the drums.
Prior to joining our team, Melanie worked for UBS's branch review in New York, conducting internal audits of UBS offices throughout the country. Melanie later moved to Los Angeles where she opened our Private Wealth Management office and served as the operations manager, in charge of overseeing all transactions. In 2009 she joined the team and has been an integral part of its success, by leading our client service process. She received a BA in Sociology from Cal State Northridge. She holds Series 7 and Series 66 security licenses. In her free time Melanie enjoys running and has completed multiple marathons.
Prior to joining UBS in 2008, Lise worked for 4 years in the mortgage industry serving lastly as an analyst for mortgage back securities. She has a BA in Business Administration from University of California-Riverside. She provides excellent client service to the team's clients and holds Series 7 & 66 securities licenses.
Sandra graduated from Pace University in New York City with a B.S. in Business Economics. She started her career with UBS Financial Services in 2011. Sandra currently holds her Series 7 and Series 63. Her positive disposition and focus is dedicated to ensuring that clients receive superior service at every opportunity. Sandra enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and cooking.