Chief Executive Officer
Lorenzo Esparza is the Chief Executive Officer and Founding Principal at Manhattan West where he leveraged his legal, corporate, and financial experience to form the modern version of an investment firm.
With an investor-centric mindset, Mr. Esparza manages the firm’s strategic direction while overseeing day to day operations. He is focused on building the firm using a top-down approach to working with clients across a broad suite of services and investment categories. Leading a culture of excellence and inclusion at Manhattan West, Mr. Esparza seeks to deliver returns for clients, partners, and shareholders. Embracing the core values of integrity, respect and honesty, Mr. Esparza’s efforts seek to position the firm as a leader in the investment industry serving ultra-high net worth clients, family offices and institutions across the United States.
A respected Investor in his own right, Mr. Esparza chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. He has capitalized and led numerous private investment funds in real estate, venture capital, private equity/credit in addition to overseeing liquid portfolios across a broad set of asset classes. Mr. Esparza serves as the general partner or managing member of over 30 investment Funds with portfolio investments across the country. He sits on the Board of numerous portfolio companies and serves as Special Advisor to several large institutions.
Mr. Esparza began his career in financial services at Alliance Bernstein before joining JP Morgan Securities. He launched Manhattan West immediately following his tenure at JP Morgan. Mr. Esparza is an avid Philanthropist where he supports numerous causes that benefit underprivileged youth. Active in the community, he is a former Board Member of the Richstone Family Center, the former Board Chair of the Cancer Support Community-Benjamin Center in Santa Monica, and is a former Board Member of the Stroke Association of Southern California.
Mr. Esparza received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. A workout enthusiast, golfer and surfer, he resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.