What Role Should the GC or CCO Play in the Audit of a Fund’s Financial Statements?

The first quarter of the year marks the busy season for finance professionals at private funds. Once the investment manager (or its administrator) finalizes the prior year-end performance for its funds, the firm can officially commence auditing those funds’ financial statements, although preparations have likely been underway for several months. Most institutional investors – particularly those that owe a fiduciary duty to their end-investors – insist that funds to which they allocate undergo an annual audit. To assist subscribers that are currently engaged in the audit process, this article considers the audit from the perspectives of the fund manager’s chief compliance officer and general counsel. Specifically, this article analyzes the fund’s audit process and explores the role legal and compliance personnel should have in that process, or whether this is a purely financial function that is outside their purview. For more on the audit process, see “The Importance of Exercising Due Diligence When Hiring Auditors and Other Vendors” (Jun. 21, 2018).

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