Natural Resources

We invest in natural resources including forestry, agriculture and energy production. Our capabilities span primaries, secondaries and co-investments.

By providing hard-to-access opportunities across energy, timber, agricultural and other commodities markets, we provide clients with another valuable source of portfolio diversification.

As economically essential commodities, natural resources can provide a source of long-term sustainable return that keeps pace with inflation and offers low correlation with traditional listed asset classes. Through our natural resources offerings, we enable our clients to invest in timber, agriculture, oil and gas, commodities and niche strategies such as water and mitigation banking. This means our clients can gain exposure to investments that are hard to source, hard to access and on which it is often hard to perform due diligence.

Key Benefits

  • Focus on timber, agriculture, oil and gas, and commodities managers
  • Broad access to primary fund investments, secondaries and co-investments
  • Excellent track record of targeting managers with high operational and asset-level expertise
  • Our strategy is becoming more global, from a US base, with an increasing focus on secondaries and co-investments – offering our clients a wider range of choice.

Oil and gas

Timber

Niche strategies

Mining

Agriculture

Power

Our team

Jim Gasperoni

Jim Gasperoni

Head of Real Assets

Jim is head of Global Real Assets based in the Boston office. He joined Aberdeen Standard Investments in 2015 from the FLAG Capital Management heritage team where he held a similar role as Partner and Head of the Real Assets strategy. Prior to joining FLAG in 2006, Jim was Managing Director of real assets and private equity for the Brown University Investment Office. Prior to Brown, Jim was part of the three-person real assets investment team at Princeton University Investment Company. Prior to his tenure at Princeton University, Jim worked at Nassau Capital, a private firm investing on behalf of Princeton University. He also worked for Corporate Realty Investment Company and began his real estate career at his family consulting firm, Gasperoni & Company. Jim holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), an MS in Real Estate from MIT and a BS from Boston College. He is also a CFA® charterholder.

Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan

Senior Investment Manager, Real Assets

Ryan is a Senior Investment Manager on the Global Real Assets team based in the Boston office. He is responsible for due diligence, ongoing monitoring of existing and prospective fund managers and manages junior members of the global real assets team. Ryan joined Aberdeen Standard Investments in 2015 from the FLAG Capital Management heritage team where he held a similar role of Vice President. Prior to joining FLAG in 2011, Ryan worked for TransCanada Power as an analyst focused on investments in the power generation sector. While at TransCanada, he was part of a team which managed over 3,500 MW of conventional and renewable power generation assets and was responsible for acquisitions, development, deal structuring and commodity trading. Ryan holds an MBA from Boston College and a BS from Merrimack College. He is also a CFA® charterholder.

  • Jim Gasperoni

    Head of Real Assets

    Jim is head of Global Real Assets based in the Boston office. He joined Aberdeen Standard Investments in 2015 from the FLAG Capital Management heritage team where he held a similar role as Partner and Head of the Real Assets strategy. Prior to joining FLAG in 2006, Jim was Managing Director of real assets and private equity for the Brown University Investment Office. Prior to Brown, Jim was part of the three-person real assets investment team at Princeton University Investment Company. Prior to his tenure at Princeton University, Jim worked at Nassau Capital, a private firm investing on behalf of Princeton University. He also worked for Corporate Realty Investment Company and began his real estate career at his family consulting firm, Gasperoni & Company. Jim holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), an MS in Real Estate from MIT and a BS from Boston College. He is also a CFA® charterholder.

  • Ryan Sullivan

    Senior Investment Manager, Real Assets

    Ryan is a Senior Investment Manager on the Global Real Assets team based in the Boston office. He is responsible for due diligence, ongoing monitoring of existing and prospective fund managers and manages junior members of the global real assets team. Ryan joined Aberdeen Standard Investments in 2015 from the FLAG Capital Management heritage team where he held a similar role of Vice President. Prior to joining FLAG in 2011, Ryan worked for TransCanada Power as an analyst focused on investments in the power generation sector. While at TransCanada, he was part of a team which managed over 3,500 MW of conventional and renewable power generation assets and was responsible for acquisitions, development, deal structuring and commodity trading. Ryan holds an MBA from Boston College and a BS from Merrimack College. He is also a CFA® charterholder.