Laven Partners and GFIA join forces to deliver broader due diligence coverage in Asia
Posted on 30 Jan 2012
Laven Partners, the global consultancy to the alternative industry, and GFIA’s funds research practice have joined up their resources and processes in Asia to provide a fully comprehensive operational due diligence and compliance service based in Singapore. This union is the result of increased demand from Asia for global-standard consultancy services, and from the developed markets for a greater expertise in Asian funds.
Laven Partners is a global consulting firm focused on the alternative investment industry, specialising in regulatory compliance, fund formations and operational due diligence. Laven Partners is also one of the world’s largest alternative investment industry dedicated operational due diligence specialists and offers services to investors through its internationally recognised and ISO 9001:2008 certified Independent Process of Operational Due Diligence (IPODD).
GFIA was the first hedge fund consulting firm in Asia, established by Peter Douglas in 1998. Douglas was a member of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) Council for 10 years, the inaugural Chairman of the Singapore National Group and the inaugural Asia-Pacific regional representative. He is an inaugural-cohort Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charterholder and a director of the CAIA Association. He is also a Singapore Financial Industry Certified Professional, one of only 38 in Singapore, and the only one from the alternative investment management industry.
The partnership builds upon Laven Partners’ recent expansion in the US. It will see Laven Partners growing its staff in Singapore, and GFIA gaining access to Laven Partners’ established processes. Together the firms will offer a more efficient service to a local and global audience.
The combination of the two firms’ expertise and geographical coverage will place them ahead of other consultants in the field. The firms will use Laven Partners’ unique processes including its Independent Process of Operational Due Diligence Report, certified under the ISO 9001:2008 quality management certification, its Operational Assessments Reports, Operational Recommendations Reports and its Internal Compliance Assessment Reports as well as its ongoing compliance and fund set up services.
Peter Douglas CAIA, Founder and Principal of GFIA, said: “We are very excited to be able to work with Laven Partners, who are market leaders in the industry and known for their disciplined, scalable, and replicable consulting and due diligence processes. We are delighted to be able to access top quality resources in the developed markets.”
Jerome de Lavenere Lussan, CEO of Laven Partners added: “We are thrilled to have entered Asia with such a reputable and established partner. GFIA’s reputation as a pioneer in Asia and the emerging markets is peerless, and we look forward to broadening our coverage into this exciting part of the world.”