Corgentum Consulting’s Managing Partner Authors Essential Book for Investors Titled, ‘Private Equity Operational Due Diligence’

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Newly Released Handbook by Jason Scharfman is an Indispensable Guide for Assessing Essential Non-Investment Operational Risks and Mandatory Reading for Limited Partners

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"The techniques outlined in this book will allow limited partners to avoid risky funds and make better investment decisions," said Scharfman.

Managing Partner of operational due diligence consulting firm Corgentum Consulting and former senior team member at Morgan Stanley’s Graystone Research, Jason Scharfman, has authored a groundbreaking new book, “Private Equity Operational Due Diligence: Tools to Evaluate Liquidity, Valuation and Documentation”, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 371 pp, which is available today.

“Private Equity Operational Due Diligence” addresses the unique aspects and challenges associated with performing operational due diligence reviews on both private equity and real estate funds. This essential guide provides readers with the tools to develop a flexible comprehensive operational due diligence program based on the author's real world experience.

Corgentum is the preeminent global provider of independent operational due diligence reviews for investors. Scharfman is also the author of “Hedge Fund Operational Due Diligence: Understanding the Risks”, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 300 pp, which is considered to be at the forefront of operational due diligence texts.

"Investors now have a comprehensive guide to develop and implement a functional operational due diligence program for private equity and real estate funds," said Scharfman. “The techniques outlined in this book will allow limited partners to avoid risky funds and make better investment decisions."

The 12 chapters of the book cover areas including techniques for analyzing private equity fund legal documents and financial statements, as well as methods for evaluating operational risks concerning valuation methodologies, pricing documentation and illiquidity concerns. The book is filled with case studies in operational fraud and other examples to help equip investors with the tools to avoid unnecessary operational risks and fraud. The book also outlines techniques for limited partners to incorporate operational due diligence into their private equity asset allocation and portfolio construction processes.

“Scharfman provides helpful insight into this emerging area of private equity risk,” said Francis X. Frecentese, Managing Director, Global Head of Alternative Investments, Citi Private Bank. “His guide offers limited partners the potential to efficiently identify and evaluate private equity operational issues and avoid unnecessary risk. Similarly, it offers general partners guidance as to best practices in light of institutional investors’ increasing demand to institutional-quality infrastructure and enhanced transparency.”

Additional topics covered include:

  •     Private equity fund advisory boards
  •     Valuation techniques, methodologies and standards
  •     Operational due diligence concerns specific to real estate funds
  •     Core issues to consider when beginning an operational due diligence review
  •     Advanced operational due diligence techniques when conducting an expanded analysis

A companion Website to the book includes sample checklists, templates, spreadsheets, and links to laws and regulations referenced in the book.

Private Equity Operational Due Diligence: Tools to Evaluate Liquidity, Valuation and Documentation is available for purchase via amazon.com.

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About Corgentum Consulting:

Corgentum Consulting is a specialist consulting firm that provides investors with the industry’s most comprehensive and in-depth operational due diligence reviews. Corgentum partners with private equity and hedge fund investors, including fund of funds, pensions, endowments, investment banks, investment consultants, ultra-high net worth individuals and family offices to improve upon the efficiency and effectiveness of the operational due diligence process. The firm's proprietary due diligence methodologies and innovative original research allows their clients to continually manage and mitigate their operational risk exposures. Corgentum's sole focus on operational due diligence, veteran experience, innovative original research and fundamental bottom up approach to due diligence allows the firm to ensure that its clients avoid unnecessary operational risks. Corgentum is headquartered at 26 Journal Square, Suite 1005, in Jersey City, New Jersey, 07306. Phone 201-360-2430. More information is available at http://www.corgentum.com.

About Jason Scharfman:

Jason Scharfman is the Managing Partner of Corgentum Consulting. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the field of private equity and hedge fund operational due diligence. Before founding Corgentum, Scharfman held positions focused on due diligence and risk management at Morgan Stanley, Lazard Asset Management, SPARX Investments and Research, and Thomson Financial. He has consulted with the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on the subject of hedge fund regulation. Additionally, he has provided training to financial regulators on the subject of hedge fund due diligence.

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