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Operational Due Diligence in 2021 and Beyond

September 23, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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Investment managers and allocators, as well as service provider partners, are invited to attend a timely panel discussion on the topic of Operational Due Diligence (“ODD”). This critical industry process was significantly affected by the switch to a remote working environment during the pandemic; our panel will address best practices for this process in a remote setting, as well as adapting ODD models and investor relations (“IR”) processes to the new normal.

Attendees will learn ways to ensure their firms’ ODD processes are effective and well-defined to better attract and retain assets from institutional investors, while developing a more complete understanding of new potential risks to business operations in a remote environment. The lack of certainty regarding employees’ timetable to return to the traditional office setting lends urgency to this discussion, which will address the use of combined technology resources and in-person reviews as part of a larger deep dive into the topic. The panel will also discuss how new DEI codes and measures impact firms ODD process. To provide a range of perspectives, this panel will comprise both allocators and investment managers.



Justin Carreon, CFA, Director, Investment Manager Services, Alternatives Business Development, SEI



Gregg Sommer, CAIA, Partner, US Financial Intermediaries Leader and Head of Mercer Sentinel ODD, Mercer Investments


Anushree Mohta, MBA, Head of Operational Risk and Operational Due Diligence, Pagaya Investments

Vincent MolinoFront Office Solutions – Head of Risk and Operational Risk Management, Northern Trust

Benjamin Murray, CFA, Chief Operating Officer, Cypress Creek Partners

1:15 PM | Q&A


Stephan Puhlmann, CFA, CPA, Senior Controller, Colbeck Capital Management

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Learning Outcomes

  • Navigate fundamental components of the ODD process
  • Understand best practices for managing your fund’s operational risk
  • Identify significant variance in risks across alternative strategies, as well as specific “knock-out factor” issues
  • Learn to strategically tailor different ODD processes
  • How new DEI codes and measures impact ODD process.

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