Meketa starts Chicago office

The institutional investment advisory firm has brought on Ted Disabato as a managing principal in the new office. He is bringing clients and staff with him from a firm he used to run and is now closing.

Meketa Investment Group, an LP investment consulting firm, is opening a new office in Chicago. Ted Disabato, who ran his own advisory firm, will join Meketa as a managing principal and consultant in the Windy City on 1 November. Alexandra Wallace, a principal at Meketa in Boston, will also relocate to Chicago.

Disabato was previously a managing director of his eponymous consulting firm Disabato Advisers. In tandem with Meketa’s Chicago opening, Disabato Advisers will close and all future activities will be handled through Meketa, a Meketa spokesman said. 

The Chicago office will help Meketa Investment Group enhance its services in the Midwest. The firm aims to broaden its geographic footprint and Chicago is its third new location in the past year or so. Last year, Meketa added offices in London and Portland, Oregon. The firm also has locations in Miami and San Diego. 

“We are excited to expand our office locations to include Chicago. [Wallace] plans to bring our research-driven investment solutions to more organizations in the Midwest. [Disabato’s] investment skills and experience leading a successful consulting firm will be valuable to Meketa,” Stephen McCourt, co-chief executive at Meketa, said in a statement. 

“Our staff is excited to join Meketa and its talented team of professionals,” Disabato commented. “Meketa’s depth of expertise, proven ability to handle complex consulting assignments, and reputation for client service is the best that I have seen in my 30 years in this business.” 

The Boston-headquartered firm, which predominantly advises a mix of public, private and union pension funds, has been doing a lot of work with clients on private markets strategies. Todd Silverman, a principal in Meketa’s Boston office, leads the private equity and private debt research effort. The firm, which has $345 billion in assets under advisement, has placed $4 billion into private debt strategies, with the bulk of it going into client portfolios over the past four years.