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Transition Management


Manage Cost, Contain Risk, Maintain Value

Minimize the direct or indirect costs associated with the purchase or sale of securities.

To help you manage cost and risk when restructuring your investment portfolio, the Northern Trust team consults with you to create and execute a customized strategy. With experience and expertise gained since 1987, we offer you a distinctive and disciplined approach to transition management in all asset classes including: equities, fixed income, and derivatives.

Our Services:
  • Setting Transition Objectives – We consult with you to understand the context and objectives of your transition: overall allocation, benchmark and manager changes, timing concerns, and risk restrictions
  • Pre-Trade Analysis – The transition team completes a detailed analysis of the transition portfolios to identify risk characteristics, liquidity sources, projected costs and potential savings.  You receive a customized timeline, trading strategy, and cost projection
  • Trading and Settlement – The transition team will coordinate all aspects of your transition including legal documentation, trading, and settlement.  You receive daily progress reports as well as timely trade and performance data
  • Post-Trade Analysis – Clients receive detailed descriptions of key results: actual costs vs. pre-trade estimates, performance vs. various benchmarks, analytics of trade execution strategies, and an executive summary giving a high level overview of the assignment
Our Advantages:

Service: Provided at the Highest Level
  • Customized strategy and approach tailored to each event
  • Attention to detail with meticulous project management
  • Follow through including proxy voting and monitoring of cash balances
Expertise: Excellence in Risk Management
  • Building pro-active, risk-managed strategies
  • Outperformed the pre-trade estimate for 94% of transitions executed over the past 6 years
Integrity: Aligning Our Business Model with Your Interests
  • We do not:
  • Advertise transition trading activities to find crossing opportunities
  • Cross with hedge funds
  • Take on principal positions against our clients
Grant Johnsey

Grant Johnsey

Head of Institutional Brokerage
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Grant Johnsey

Grant Johnsey

Head of Institutional Brokerage

Grant Johnsey is a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust. He joined Northern Trust in 2004 as the transition strategist for North America-based clients. His responsibilities include communicating with the consultant community on the Transition Management product and working with clients to understand their goals and devise the optimal strategy to achieve them.

Prior to joining Northern Trust, Mr. Johnsey spent over five years in the institutional brokerage industry. Most recently, he served as director of portfolio trading for Capital Institutional Services. Part of the responsibilities of this position were to develop and grow their transition management business.

He received a B.S. degree from Trinity University and holds Series 7, 9, 10, 24, 55 and 63 Licenses.


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