Strategy Focus:

Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Private Credit, Real Estate, Infrastructure funds, Venture Capital, Direct Deals

Keith Danko

Founding Partner and Managing Member

Mr. Keith Danko is the Founding Partner and Managing Member of Witherspoon Partners. 

Witherspoon Partners works with alternative managers to develop opportunities in various asset classes, including private equity, real estate, venture, shipping, and hedge fund strategies. They provide strategic consulting services, with an emphasis on marketing, to asset management firms of all sizes seeking to grow their business. Witherspoon Partners’ expertise reflects an extensive background in launching, allocating to, and advising emerging managers. Mr. Danko has launched, allocated to, and advised dozens of such funds. 

 Prior to founding Witherspoon Partners, Mr. Danko served as CEO of CQS US and was also a Partner at Titan Capital. At CQS he managed the launch of the US business, including SEC registration, and established the CQS brand and marketing effort in the Americas. At Titan, he embarked upon a turnaround of the firm, including developing the Titan Asia Fund and the Hong Kong office, working with Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japanese investors and regulatory regimes. 

Mr. Danko began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he served as an Executive Director and headed international mortgage securities. A pioneer in the global asset securitization market, he developed the first UK sterling multi-tranche mortgage issue and the first UK auto receivables securitization. Mr. Danko introduced and sold the first UK subordinated mortgage securities into the Japanese institutional market. These transactions were the first pound sterling mandates for UK issuers in the history of Goldman Sachs. After seven years at Goldman, he left to found Minnisink Partners, the registered investment advisor Witherspoon Investment Management, and the software company Tachyon Systems. 

Mr. Danko earned a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard University and is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School. He is a regular contributor to SmartBlogs/SmartBriefs on Leadership, and has published numerous research pieces including in 2005 the influential white paper, Portable Alpha: An Updated Perspective.  

Mr. Danko currently holds series 3, 7, 24, 63, 65 and 79 registrations with FINRA