Lisanti Capital Growth, LLC (“Lisanti” or the “Adviser” or the “Firm”), a registered
investment advisor, was founded in 2003, based in New York, New York. Lisanti is
certified as a Woman-owned Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise
Lisanti offers investment advisory services (including investment sub-advisory and
model delivery services), also known as asset management services, on a discretionary
and non-discretionary basis to corporations, pension and profit sharing plans, employee
benefit plans, educational organizations, trusts, endowments and foundations,
individuals, and investment companies. Lisanti is strictly an investment management
firm. The firm does not sell annuities, insurance, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, limited
partnerships, or other commissioned products. The firm is affiliated with Dinosaur
Financial Group, LLC, a U.S. based broker dealer registered with FINRA and the SEC,
and DCM Advisors, LLC, a registered Investment Advisor.
Lisanti Capital Growth is 52% owned by Mary Lisanti, the firm’s president and Managing
Member Dinosaur Group Holdings, LLC, a global investment bank and broker dealer,
with offices in London, Spain, Italy and the United States is a passive financial investor
with a 48% Ownership in Lisanti Capital Growth. .
Types of Advisory Services
Lisanti provides investment supervisory services, also known as asset management
services, as follows:
1. To city and state government entities, corporations, pension and profit sharing plans,
employee benefit plans, educational organizations, trusts, endowments and
foundations, and high net worth individuals and individual typically ;
2. To affiliated and unaffiliated investment advisers that utilize the services of Lisanti
on a sub-advisory or model delivery basis to provide management services to some
of their clients; and
3. To registered investment companies.
Collectively, the entities referenced above are referred to herein as (“Clients”), unless
Lisanti manages the assets of its Clients in accordance with the Firm’s Small Cap Growth
and SMID Cap Growth equity investment management styles, subject to reasonable
investment restrictions or other investment guidelines imposed by Clients (“Investment
Guidelines”). Each Client is responsible for informing Lisanti of any changes to its
Investment Guidelines. Lisanti does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy of
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the information provided by Clients. Refer to Investment Discretion for additional
information on Conditions for Managing Accounts.
Lisanti’s small cap growth strategy invests in the equity securities of smaller, rapidly
growing U.S. and foreign companies whose equities are traded on U.S. stock
exchanges. Lisanti focuses primarily on seeking to maximize capital appreciation for its
Clients. Given its focus, under certain market conditions, a significant portion of Lisanti’s
strategy can be invested in companies that have newly come public (“Initial Public
Offerings” or “IPOs”). Due to the volatile nature of smaller, high growth issues and the
risks involved when investing in these types of securities and strategies, the actual return
of a Client’s account likely will fluctuate and at any point in time be worth more or less
than the amount originally invested. Refer to Methods of Analysis, Investment Strategy,
and Risk of Loss for additional information regarding Lisanti’s investment strategy.
SMID Cap growth strategy utilizes the same investment process as the Firm’s
Small Cap Growth strategy, but has a higher range of market capitalization stocks in
which it invests.
Investment Advisory Agreement
Lisanti requires that each Client enter into an investment advisory agreement with Lisanti
prior to Lisanti’s performance of any investment management services for the benefit of
the Client. The agreement is a written contract between Lisanti and a Client and sets
forth the terms of the portfolio management services to be rendered to the Client and
the fees to be paid for such services.
Under the terms of Lisanti’s form of the investment advisory agreement (“Agreement”),
Lisanti offers investment advice to a Client and manages the cash, securities and other
assets which the Client has allocated to Lisanti for investment (“Account”). The
Agreement may empower Lisanti, as agent and attorney-in-fact on behalf of an Account,
with full power and authority to invest Account assets on a discretionary basis subject to
applicable Investment Guidelines or on a non-discretionary basis subject applicable
Pursuant to the Agreement, Lisanti does not maintain custody of securities or other
assets contained in an Account. Rather, the custodian of each Account is designated in
the Agreement and, under the Agreement, Client agrees to instruct its custodian to
accept instructions from Lisanti on behalf of the Account.
Under the Agreement and subject to the duty to obtain best execution for each
transaction on behalf of an Account, Lisanti has full discretion to place orders for the
execution of transactions with or through brokers, dealers, or banks (“Brokers”). In
selecting Brokers, Lisanti may, in compliance with Section 28(e) under the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, incur commissions on transactions in excess of the amount of
commission another Broker would charge when Lisanti receives research of execution
services from the Brokers.
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The Agreement permits a Client to either delegate the responsibility of voting proxies
with respect to Account securities to Lisanti or retain the voting responsibility. If proxy
voting is delegated to Lisanti, the Agreement requires Lisanti to vote proxies on a client’s
behalf by employing Lisanti’s proxy voting policies and procedures. Clients utilizing
Model delivery cannot delegate proxy voting to Lisanti.
Under the Agreement, a Client agrees to hold Lisanti harmless from any liability or
expense incurred by reason of any action or decision by Lisanti made under the
Agreement, or any failure to act or decide, made in good faith except if losses incurred
by a Client result from Lisanti’s willful misfeasance, bad faith, or gross negligence or by
reason of its reckless disregard of its obligations and duties under the Agreement. The
Agreement, however, does not limit a Client’s rights under Federal or state law. The
Agreement may not be assigned without the Client’s consent. Provisions of the
agreement may be negotiated on a Client by Client basis.
Certain institutional clients and U.S. registered investment company clients may provide
Lisanti with their own contracts instead of assigning the agreement. These contracts
may contain provisions different from the provisions Lisanti has in its Agreement.
Assets Under Management
As of February 11, 2020 Lisanti provided continuous discretionary management services
for approximately $402,638,459 million in assets.