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We bring an innovative and creative approach to investing in alternative assets. Our mission is to deliver above-market, risk-adjusted returns. We always operate within our risk management framework maintaining a commitment to the core principles of independence, integrity, transparency, discipline and excellence.
Through its ownership in American Whiskey Capital (“AWC”), SNL manages the American Whiskey Investment Partnership (“AWIP”), a private investment vehicle that invests in newly distilled American whiskey set in barrels to mature. AWIP capitalizes on the value appreciation selling the aged whiskey and bourbon to craft distillers, bottlers, bulk spirits brokers, branders and/or private labels. Through its close working relationship with industry leaders, SNL has built strong ties to the American and global distilled spirits community and is well positioned to execute on AWC’s strategy and deliver risk adjusted high returns to AWIP investors.
SNL is expanding its prior consumer lending activities into new investment strategies focused on corporate lending and commercial factoring services.
For more than a decade, investors and other stakeholders relied upon Fortris Financial, LLC, a subsidiary of SNL, to serve as an administrator and servicer for consumer loans and longevity assets. Built from the ground up, Fortris was launched in 2006. Despite the challenges of the nationwide financial downturn, SNL built Fortris into a nationally recognized premium finance servicer with a portfolio valued at over $1 billion in assets. With all assets successfully sold and transferred, Fortris formally exited the premium finance space in 2015. SNL continues to advise investors and other stakeholders on longevity asset and consumer loan matters as it enjoys an outstanding reputation with strong ties to major life insurance companies.
SNL’s partners have successfully structured, managed, sold and traded commercial real estate assets for the benefit of their investors. The Company is involved in making direct investments into real estate assets as well as real estate related investments that yield attractive risk adjusted returns. The Company also provides consulting and management services for other real estate investors in the U.S. and Europe.
Equity capital in excess of $600 million US dollars resulting in production investment of over $1.6 billion US dollars has been successfully sourced, structured and invested by SNL Capital partners. Films produced and financed include Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Aviator, and Alexander the Great as well as other major studio quality films that enjoyed worldwide distribution. All entertainment assets were managed and ultimately divested to maximize returns to the respective investors.
Our accomplishments within the entertainment industry are comprised of successfully acquiring film rights as well as rights to other entertainment assets, spearheading the sales of film rights and libraries to third party companies and merging a film finance entity with an international film distributor taking the newly created entity public.With strong ties to U.S. major studios, film distributors, library owners, producers and talent, the company is continually exploring new investment opportunities.
We are a privately owned, independent boutique investment firm, established in 2004 and, headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
We employ investment strategies across various alternative asset classes through Limited Partnerships, operating companies and service providers. Each investment strategy is deployed through an independent SNL subsidiary either wholly owned or co-owned that is deeply aligned with the strategy and equipped with the professional talent essential to effectively achieve the investment objective.
SNL is led by its founders:
Mr. Schauz is a successful entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in financial services. He has structured and managed investment funds, spearheaded corporate finance, and managed asset-based portfolios across a number of asset classes and industries.
Mr. Schauz commenced his professional career in private equity with Deutsche Capital Management AG, Germany’s largest independent fund arranger at that time. While there, he was responsible for new fund concepts, offerings and strategies, as well as fund administration and fund management of real estate, entertainment and renewable energy investments. Assets under management were valued in excess of Euro 4 billion and included investments across Europe and the U.S.
Mr. Schauz quickly garnered a reputation as a pioneer for structuring some of the more groundbreaking funds. As an example, he co-founded and served as the Managing Director for the IMF Film Funds which he then merged with a worldwide film distributor subsequently taking the newly created entity, IM Internationalmedia AG, public through an IPO at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. His success propelled him to relocate from Germany to the U.S. where he founded Worldwide Film Partners, LLC. Through Worldwide, he established and managed film funds providing more than $500 million of capital for the financing of major Hollywood film projects. Recognized as a leading entertainment finance expert, Mr. Schauz has and continues to be called upon by major U.S. studios, independent film distributors, and investors around the globe to advise them on entertainment related financial transactions.
Mr. Schauz’ experience also includes assignments with Time Warner in New York, Robert Bosch AG in Stuttgart, and Mercedes-Benz in Paris. He regularly works with domestic and international asset owners, advising them on investments in alternative assets in the U.S. and Europe as well as the divestiture of assets within their portfolios. He continues to serve as COO of Activus Risk Management, an enterprise risk management firm that provides audit and regulatory compliance services, products and solutions.
Mr. Schauz is a graduate of Philipps-University Marburg, Germany with a degree in business administration and international economic relations. His post-graduate education includes course work in marketing and public relations at State University of New York, New Paltz.Read Bio
Ms. Longarzo is a successful senior executive and entrepreneur Her analytical skill set and results driven approach span raising capital, structuring alternative investment strategies, streamlining operations, and teambuilding across diverse sectors.
Ms. Longarzo began her professional career at IBM Corporation. Her near decade-long tenure culminated with her becoming one of the company’s youngest Marketing Managers, supervising a thirty-person plus team. Having relocated to the west coast of the U.S., Ms. Longarzo provided management services to start-up and emerging ventures. Assignments included rebranding and relaunching the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences for the IDSA, helping to build the organization and its Board of Directors which at the time included executives from Dreamworks, Sony, Sega, Disney, Nintendo, and Electronic Arts. Other noted projects included developing and implementing a financial strategy for a television production company, developing a market strategy for a $100 million R&D company’s proprietary technology, raising capital for independent low-budget films as well as producing a handful of low-budget independent projects. Throughout, Ms. Longarzo hired project-focused teams.
Prior to SNL, Ms. Longarzo served as President & CEO of the Emerging Technologies & Businesses of Titan Corporation. At Titan, she led a team empowered to monetize intellectual property assets through new venture creation, licensing agreements and divesting non-core assets. Additionally, she managed the corporate investment in venture capital and private equity funds. Prior to joining Titan, she served as Vice President for a Draper Fisher Jurvetson venture capital affiliate.
Throughout the years, Ms. Longarzo served in a variety of Board Director, Board Advisor or Board Observer positions for private companies, entrepreneurial start-ups, and not-for profits. She also actively serves as COO of Activus Risk Management, an enterprise risk management firm, headquartered in Los Angeles and New York. Ms. Longarzo has been a guest speaker at Dartmouth College and the University of Southern California, School of Law.
Ms. Longarzo received her Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and her Bachelor of Science from Long Island University, Post Center where she graduated summa cum laude with concentration in Finance, Marketing and Economics.Read Bio