About Us

Meriwether Partners LLC

Meriwether Partners is a real estate investment firm with offices in Seattle and Portland. We form partnerships to acquire and manage real estate investments on behalf of the Meriwether principals, high-net worth individuals, family offices and institutions.

Meriwether was founded in 2002 by Joel Aslanian and Robert Briscoe who have worked together since 1998. We’ve acquired more than 2.3 million square feet of commercial real estate, valued at over $350 million.

Our tools are experience, creativity, integrity and hard work. Collectively, we have over 70 years of commercial real estate experience and have managed billions of dollars of transactions.

Investment Strategy

Our primary investment focus is in the Seattle and Portland metropolitan areas. We invest in well-located properties with sound physical and economic fundamentals; properties that have the ability to generate attractive levels of distributable cash; and properties to which we can add value by executing recapitalization or repositioning strategies.

Every potential investment starts with the same initial step: gaining a solid understanding of the real estate and our objectives. With this foundation, we develop creative strategies using real estate and capital markets expertise, proven relationship-based marketing, thorough underwriting and due diligence, and astute negotiating and closing skills.

Real estate is a local business, and we are committed to understanding the ins and outs of the real estate markets in which we participate. We supplement this local knowledge with extensive experience and with our understanding of the capital markets.

Investment Management

We provide hands-on asset management and manage each investment throughout its entire investment cycle. We are responsible for all decisions relating to the leasing, budgeting, capital plans, maintenance, financing and disposition of our properties. We leverage our resources by hiring best-in-class property management firms, architects, contractors, vendors, accountants, mortgage brokers, investment sales brokers and leasing brokers.

Tenant Relations

Our overriding management philosophy is that the renewal process with each tenant begins the day the lease is signed. This helps us establish and maintain long-term relationships. Our non-bureaucratic decision making allows for timely lease negotiations with existing and prospective tenants, and our hands-on approach to managing our buildings ensures tenant issues are responded to quickly and professionally.

Investor Relations

The vast majority of our investors have been investing with us since our first few deals. This long-term investor base is due in large part to our performance track record, the financial alignment of interest between Meriwether Partners and our investors, and our commitment to timely and transparent reporting.

Joel Aslanian,  Co-founder and Principal, jaslanian@mericap.com
Aslanian Joel is responsible for deal sourcing, underwriting, capital and partnership structuring, sourcing debt, asset management and investor relations, with an emphasis on the Seattle metropolitan area. He has been active in West Coast real estate since 1992. Most recently he spent three years as a principal and CFO of Martin Smith Inc. Prior to that, he spent four years in LaSalle Partners’ Chicago office in their Capital Markets group, and then led the firm’s West Coast Debt Capital Markets team in their San Francisco office. He holds a BS in mathematics from Notre Dame and a MBA from Stanford University.
Robert Briscoe,  Co-founder and Principal, rbriscoe@mericap.com
Briscoe Robert is responsible for sourcing deals, asset management, coordinating dispositions, operations, and investor relations, with an emphasis on the Portland metropolitan area. Robert has been in commercial real estate since his career began in 1986. In 1999, he moved from San Francisco to Seattle as the president of Martin Smith Inc. Before that he spent five years at LaSalle Partners as a partner in charge of the firm’s West Coast Investment Banking group, two years as a Senior Consultant at Kenneth Leventhal & Company, and five years in banking. He earned a BS in finance from Oregon State University and a MBA from the University of Southern California.
Brian Oseran, Principal, boseran@mericap.com
Oseran Brian is responsible for managing acquisitions, dispositions and asset management, as well as providing day-to-day oversight of multi-family development activities, with an emphasis on the Seattle metropolitan area. Most recently Brian spent 4 years as a Project Manager and Senior Financial Analyst at Investco Financial Corporation where he managed urban and suburban multi-family development projects as well as various corporate financial issues. Before joining Investco, Brian was the Development Manager at Pelican Partners, LLC, where he managed the operational and financial issues for a condominium resort development in northern Mexico. Prior to that, he was a Property Manager and Financial Analyst at Martin Smith Inc. where he worked with Robert and Joel on real estate acquisitions. Brian holds a BS in Economics from Occidental College and a Certificate in Commercial Real Estate from the University of Washington.
Mike Bernatz, Vice President, mbernatz@mericap.com
Mike Bernatz Mike is responsible for the acquisition and asset management of office, industrial, retail, multi-family and land assets in the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on the Portland metropolitan area. He has worked in the commercial real estate industry since his career began in 2001. Most recently, Mike spent nearly seven years in various investment and management roles at Ashforth Pacific, Inc. and its successor, Langley Investment Properties. Prior to that, he spent six years in the commercial real estate valuation and consulting practice at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. and Integra Realty Resources. Mike holds a BA in Business Economics from Willamette University. He has also been active in the community serving on the Willamette University Alumni Association Board of Directors (2008-2015), the Board of Directors for the Oregon chapter of NAIOP (2009-2015), and the Northwest Advisory Board for the Urban Land Institute (2009-2013).