Hamilton Lane's top executives are self-proclaimed investment nerds who rock.
On a clear day, visitors to the 48th floor glass-walled offices of ClearBridge Advisors near New York's Times Square can see south to where the new tower is rising from ground zero of the old World Trade Center ó where the core of the firm was forged before ClearBridge was even founded.
AEW Capital Management has the front end of an Edsel ó with operational headlights ó in the lobby of its office.
In the entryway of the seemingly austere Chicago offices of William Blair & Co. LLC hang formal oil portraits of the four men who led the firm until 2004.
At Western Asset Management Co., top executives expect you will do a great job, but don't be too egotistical about it.