Sep 10, 2019 9:02:11 AM

Allocators to private funds are exposed to a variety of operational risks including regulatory and compliance risks, counterparty risks, systems and technology risks, portfolio valuation risks, cybersecurity risks, BCP and continuity planning risks.  The list of risks is very long and is the primary focus of the people that undertake operational due diligence reviews of funds and fund managers.  Perhaps the most critical risks are associated with cash controls and the prevention of theft and malfeasance. Both have occurred repeatedly throughout the industry, and are very highly correlated with a manager having poor cash controls. One of the ways to identify potential issues is to evaluate the managers' cash controls during the due diligence process. IMDDA Advisory Board Member John Ward was put together an interesting and timely white paper on operational due diligence and the evaluation of Cash Controls. To read the white paper as well as learn more about our upcoming programs please click here.

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While many segments of the U.S. economy were still finding their legs in 2014, the domestic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market sprinted forwards at breathtaking speed. Members get unlimited access to all of our exclusive due diligence resources for Free.

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As the M&A market heats back up, buyers are finding themselves on a new playing field as the deal process has shifted in favor of the sellers. Quality sellers in attractive industries (e.g., health care, technology, and government contracting) with a good business model, high sustainable margins, and a strong backlog are commanding interest from multiple buyers.

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