Bakshi & Associates

Bakshi & Associates
One Bryant Park
28th floor
New York, NY 10036

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Phone: 212.418.2821
Email: vishal.bakshi@ml.com

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Wealth Management for Exceptional Clients

Bakshi & Associates combines an intensely rigorous approach to investing with a commitment to the highest levels of service for clients of extraordinary means and accomplishment. Vishal Bakshi feels privileged to work with a highly exclusive group of remarkable people, including entrepreneurs and corporate CEOs who have created substantial wealth in a single generation.

Vishal serves an extremely limited number of individuals, families and family foundations. Focusing on a select few clients enables him to devote the time and personal attention he believes are essential to providing insightful advice and guidance. In 2013, Vishal was ranked number 20 on Barron’s magazine's list of America’s Top 100 Financial Advisors.

"My personal journey, from a childhood in public housing to Harvard Business School and careers in engineering and finance, has given me a deep appreciation of the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. The clients I work with tend to share my values of self-motivation, the drive to succeed and a commitment to personal excellence. They demand and deserve exceptional service with meticulous attention to detail."
Vishal Bakshi
Managing Director–Wealth Management
Private Wealth Manager

Bakshi & Associates
623 Fifth Avenue
34th floor
New York, NY 10022

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Phone: 212.418.2821
Email: vishal.bakshi@ml.com

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A Distinctive Investment Approach

Vishal believes his contrarian approach to investing is a key reason why clients choose to work with him. He is proactive with client portfolios based on an intelligent, original perspective of the global economic and financial markets. Vishal guides clients in developing individual asset allocation and risk management strategies rooted in a broader vision that begins with a thoughtful analysis of global economies and financial markets.

Vishal’s viewpoints reflect his extensive study of economic and investment research and more than a decade of experience through a variety of market conditions.

Investment portfolios are highly customized according to each client’s specific goals, liquidity needs, risk profile, time horizon and objectives, as well as business, tax and wealth transfer considerations. Vishal works with clients to establish clear investment guidelines and to construct diversified portfolios based on these criteria. With the support of the financial analysts on his team, and drawing on research and his broad financial community network, he regularly assesses risk and analyzes each position in the portfolio. He may also suggest tactics designed to minimize the effects of market turbulence.

"The clients I work with expect their private wealth advisor to have a distinct outlook on where global economies and financial markets are headed. I have strong convictions and insights into market behavior that I believe resonate well with clients who have worked hard to earn substantial wealth."
Vishal Bakshi
Managing Director–Wealth Management
Private Wealth Manager

Bakshi & Associates
623 Fifth Avenue
34th floor
New York, NY 10022

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Phone: 212.418.2821
Email: vishal.bakshi@ml.com

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Direct Access to Extensive Services

Bakshi & Associates can offer clients a direct connection to the deep resources and capabilities of one of the world’s largest global investment firms. Through Vishal and his team, clients have access to Merrill Lynch and Bank of America specialists—plus a full platform of services to help manage and integrate virtually every aspect of their financial lives.

"Along with my wealth management experience, I bring a broad business context to client relationships. As a manufacturing engineer, I learned the power of teamwork. Furthermore, throughout my career, I have learned that the decisions facing creators of substantial wealth can be complex. Because of that, I am committed to harnessing all of the investment resources of Merrill Lynch and banking conveniences of Bank of America to help clients address those concerns."
Vishal Bakshi
Managing Director–Wealth Management
Private Wealth Manager

Bakshi & Associates
623 Fifth Avenue
34th floor
New York, NY 10022

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background on FINRA’s BrokerCheck


Phone: 212.418.2821
Email: vishal.bakshi@ml.com

Directions to Branch

Private Banking and Investment Group
The Private Banking and Investment Group provides tailored solutions to help meet the distinct needs of individuals and families with substantial wealth. Clients are served with a boutique-like approach by teams of rigorously trained and experienced advisors who are skilled in working with wealthy clients, their families and businesses. Clients can enjoy a caliber of resources and future-focused strategies that is typically reserved for the world’s largest enterprises. The PBIG Accreditation Program identifies financial advisors who demonstrate the technical proficiency necessary to deliver exceptional service exclusively to ultra-high-net-worth individuals. The program assesses a team’s business model and skill in the strategies and solutions that best address the needs of those clients. Advisors must pass an oral assessment process to become Private Wealth Advisors.

Merrill Lynch
Merrill Lynch offers a broad range of brokerage, investment advisory and other services, including insurance and investment analytics. Our advisors are available to work closely with the clients’ other trusted advisors, including accountants, attorneys and tax specialists. We can provide access to trust and estate planning services through Bank of America specialists.

Attention to Detail

Vishal Bakshi has set exceptionally high service standards for himself and his client service team. Team members share the belief that an exclusive clientele is entitled to constant care and personalized attention. They continually strive to deliver highly accessible, responsive service that will exceed client expectations.

"I work hard to have clients feel that they are receiving premium-level service and astute professional guidance from an advisor who understands the many facets of their complex financial lives. My cohesive and talented client service team supports me in this commitment."
Vishal Bakshi
Managing Director–Wealth Management
Private Wealth Manager

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Vishal Bakshi

Vishal Bakshi

Managing Director– Wealth Management
Private Wealth Manager

Phone: 212.418.2821

Vishal Bakshi offers wealth management/investment advice/guidance to an exclusive group of clients that includes entrepreneurs, business owners, CEOs, or board members of Fortune 500 companies and professional sports team owners. Like many of the clients he serves, he has worked hard to overcome initial disadvantages and excel in his chosen educational and career paths. Vishal grew up in public housing in Buffalo, New York, and helped to support his family financially while he was still in high school. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the General Motors Institute while working for the automotive manufacturer. He was also one of the youngest undergraduates at the time to be admitted to Harvard Business School, where he received his MBA.

In 2013, Vishal was ranked number 20 on Barron’s list of America’s Top 100 Financial Advisors. (He was included in Barron’s Top 1,000 Financial Advisors in 2012 and 2013, and on its Top 1,200 Financial Advisors list in 2015.) Before he joined Merrill Lynch in 2013, Vishal was a managing director in private banking at Credit Suisse, where he spent 12 years. Earlier in his career, he was a supervisor at General Motors, and a business development manager at Bertelsmann Media Group. Through this experience, Vishal has developed insights into the corporate world and takes a different perspective on investing.

Vishal is a qualified portfolio manager who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing his own personalized or defined strategies. These may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill Lynch model portfolios and third-party investment strategies. When servicing clients through the firm’s Investment Advisory Program, a portfolio manager may manage his strategies on a discretionary basis.

Fluent in American Sign Language, Vishal is active with Aspire of Western New York, a support organization for people with disabilities. He also participates in Cycle for Survival, a unique charity that raises funds for rare cancer research. He resides in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Kelly, and their two children, Kyan and Kasar.

David A. Greene

David A. Greene

Private Wealth Analyst–Relationship Management

Phone: 212.418.2824

David joined Merrill Lynch in 2013 with five years of experience as an analyst in the private bank at Credit Suisse. He draws on his knowledge of alternative investments, mutual funds and other investment types to support Vishal in designing customized asset allocation strategies for client portfolios. In each of his interactions with clients, David is dedicated to making the service experience an exceptional one. David concentrates on researching and synthesizing financial information into specific investment recommendations to help clients pursue their individual financial goals. More specifically, a great deal of his time is spent evaluating specific equity ideas and hedging strategies for Vishal’s proprietary investment portfolio.

David graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is a board member of the Colgate Finance Network and the New York chapter of Delta Gamma Alpha Tau Omega Foundation.

Alexander Plum

Alexander Plum

Private Wealth Associate

Phone: 212.418.2823

Alex joined Merrill Lynch in 2013 from the private bank at Credit Suisse in New York. His previous experience includes accounting work at IBM in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and faculty responsibilities at the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece as part of his school’s co-op curriculum. He has an integral role on the client service team and is dedicated to providing superior service with scrupulous attention to detail.

Alex graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is an outgoing person who loves to travel and meet new people. In the community, he volunteers with Cycle for Survival and is a mentor with Minds Matter, a national not-for-profit educational organization serving high-achieving, low-income students.

Gia Schuler

Gia Schuler

Private Wealth Associate

Phone: 212.418.2825

Gia joined Merrill Lynch and the team in 2014, after several years working in real estate firms. She enjoys working to support Vishal and the rest of the team in meeting the respective wealth management needs of the group’s diverse clientele. Her primary responsibilities include executive administration for Vishal and coordinating all operational aspects of client accounts.

In her spare time, Gia volunteers with New York Cares, an organization that engages volunteers to help New Yorkers in need.

Jayne Finst

Jayne Finst

Vice President
Financial Advisor Trainee

Phone: 212.418.2826

Jayne joined Merrill Lynch in 2013 after working in the private bank at Credit Suisse since 2007. She works with clients to provide holistic wealth management and multigenerational wealth management through customized strategies tailored to their specific needs. She is experienced in strategies such as corporate executive services, 10b5-1 plans, trust and estate planning services and various types of investments, including alternative investments, equities, fixed-income and structured products.

Jayne graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. While at Brown, she was captain of Brown’s Division I Gymnastics team where she broke numerous records and held championship titles. Jayne currently serves on the board of directors of the Brown University Sports Foundation and is a member of the New York Junior League.

Vishal Bakshi is registered to do business in : CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, MA, MD, MI, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, TX, VA

Jayne Finst is registered to do business in : CA, CT, FL, HI, KS, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OR, RI, TN, TX, WA

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