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About Us

We are a full-service Wealth Management firm with over 20 years of experience at leading financial institutions.

We have been recognized as a Bruin 100 Business with our commitment to continue the UCLA mission of improving our global society.

Wealth Management

We help clients achieve financial goals through tax-efficient, customized investment solutions. Our independence allows us to provide fiduciary advice without the constraints of a single firm's platform.

  • Asset Management
  • Full service, multi-generation financial planning
  • Option trading/hedging strategies
  • Portfolio tax planning
  • Foundation management
  • Designing and managing Estate Planning Trusts (GRATs, CRUTs, CRATs and CLATs)

Private Education

Our firm values education and continuous improvement. We provide private tutoring to individuals and groups looking to enhance their investment and financial acumen. We customize educational tools to accelerate personal growth.

  • Investments
  • Financial Planning
  • Tax Management
  • Options


We teach finance at UCLA and lead the Student Investment Fund at UCLA Anderson. Our involvement gives us access to the intellectual capital of UCLA faculty, key alumni, and the leaders of tomorrow.

  • Introduction to Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Personal Financial Health
  • Student Investment Fund (SIF)

Commitment to Education

We live in an ever-changing financial world. Just when we think we understand the game, the rules change. While core principles remain the same, we must adapt as the rules shift. Atala Financial is dedicated to providing the education, tools and guidance needed to solve life’s enduring financial challenges!



Shawn Patt


Shawn is a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® with nearly 20 years of experience, working at RBC Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley & UBS Financial Services.

Shawn is also a professor at The Anderson School of Management at UCLA, teaching Personal Finance. Shawn is also an advisor to the Student Investment Fund at UCLA, helping elite students manage a portion of the UCLA foundation.


Michael Salam

Senior VP, Portfolio Manager

Michael Salam is a Portfolio Manager and AI Language Specialist of Atala Financial. Before his current role, Michael was the Founder and Managing Partner of PacificFront Capital, where he managed a $25 million diversified portfolio consisting of equities, interest rates, commodities, and currencies.

Michael was selected as a Top 5 Best Newcomer at the HFM US Hedge Fund Awards. Michael holds a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Irvine, where he was part of the Campuswide Honors Program.


Susan Siegel

Client Service Associate

Susan is the Client Service Associate for Atala. She is a natural problem-solver with excellent communication skills. Susan's attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously allows her to provide clients with the highest level of service.

In her previous career, Susan was a creative director in the fashion industry, specializing in styling with high-end clients. In her spare time, she enjoys styling clients, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.