Farallon is driven by its commitment to deliver superior risk-adjusted returns to its investors. Our people, our values and an investment process continually refined over 38 years are what make Farallon what it is today.

About Us

Our Timeline


Pioneering the Multi-strategy Approach

  • 1986Firm founded by Thomas Steyer to invest in merger arbitrage
  • 1988Developed Credit and Liquidations strategies, anticipating the LBO crisis
  • 1990Adopted the Farallon® name, after Farallon Islands off San Francisco coast
  • 1990Registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an investment adviser
  • 1994Established Real Estate strategy, in the wake of the S&L and real estate crisis
  • 1994Extended capability to Direct Investments, focused on illiquid special situations


Expanding Globally to Invest Locally

  • 1997Formalized Corporate Restructurings strategy, precursor to Long/Short Equity strategy
  • 1998Established London office
  • 2002Established Singapore office
  • 2006Established Hong Kong office


Increasing Institutionalization and Transitioning Leadership

  • 2007Andrew Spokes appointed co-Managing Partner
  • 2009Announced extensive series of investor transparency initiatives
  • 2010Established Tokyo office
  • 2010Refined portfolio overlay hedging and risk management
  • 2011Formed Global Investment Committee to oversee Direct Investments
  • 2011Established São Paulo office
  • 2012Leadership succession completed with Thomas Steyer's retirement


Deepening Capabilities: People, Process and Culture

  • 2013Developed negative screen for fossil fuels
  • 2013Established Farallon philanthropy grant award program
  • 2013Launched undergraduate investment case competitions
  • 2017Established learning internship programs
  • 2021Formalized Responsible Investment Policy and became a signatory to United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI)
  • 2022Nicolas Giauque appointed co-Chief Investment Officer
  • 2022Established New York office
  • 2022Issued initial Taskforce On Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Report