Public due diligence workshops

Please note that public workshops are suspended for the foreseeable future. An online course which includes all of the material from the workshops and much more is available here.

The workshop experience offers an in-depth examination of due diligence and manager selection, with a goal of improving your skills and the practices of your organization.

In advance of the two-day workshop, you will receive case studies and other readings that will illuminate key issues to be covered. Following the workshop, additional materials will be provided regarding topics of particular interest.

One of the most important aspects of the workshop comes after the fact, when you will have a one-on-one phone consultation with Tom Brakke. Previous attendees have used that time to dive into a wide variety of subject areas and situations that they face within their organizations.

Improving due diligence practices

All organizations are messy.

Not that you’d know that by reading most due diligence reports, which focus heavily on the documentation and recitation of a manager’s story. What you need are strategies and tactics to crack that narrative and to discover the true characteristics of a manager. Differential design of the due diligence process leads to a better understanding of the factors that will shape a manager’s prospects for the future.

The workshops are structured to provide new ways of investigating and analyzing investment management organizations.

Improving manager selection processes

If “all organizations are messy,” you won’t locate a perfect manager — and making a decision about which to choose will involve weighing the attractive aspects against the less promising ones.

Which characteristics of an investment management organization lead to success? Have you been able to identify them and consider which are most important? On what basis should decisions be made (and are they made that way)?

Lacking sufficient parameters to guide manager selection, you can end up with a process that’s easily buffeted. Instead, it should be grounded in concepts, preferences, and frameworks which are established in advance and which fit your particular organization and situation.

More topics

Among the many topics addressed in the workshop are:

And, creating a robust process within your organization to investigate, evaluate, and select managers using new ideas and approaches.

Learning environment

The workshop is conducted in a classroom setting. There is extensive use of case studies and examples, plus there are interactive exercises designed to highlight key concepts and common manager research pitfalls.

The goal of the workshop is to surface the ideas and skills of the group while exploring the most important areas of due diligence and manager selection. There is a focus on identifying the weak parts of current practice and creating new avenues of approach.

Some of the workshops are designed for smaller groups. They include extensive interactions among the participants as a part of the learning experience. Workshops that are structured for a larger number of attendees use electronic polling and other techniques to surface the range of opinions among them and to identify key issues for further examination.

Either workshop approach addresses the same topics, but you may prefer one or the other. The sign-up page for a given workshop will clearly state how it will be structured.

Who should attend

The workshop is centered on core principles that can be applied regardless of the kind of organization for which you work. Emphasis will be placed upon how you adapt those principles for use in different situations.

Institutional asset owners, family offices, investment advisory firms, fund-of-funds managers, consultants, and those who choose subadvisors for products or invest in asset management firms will gain new insights into the allocation process.

Attendees benefit from learning from others who are in similar circumstances, and also from those in different kinds of investment organizations. The diversity of perspectives provides an understanding of how different allocators approach the process, which drives manager strategies, narratives, and asset flows.


Past attendees have given the workshops high marks. For information about their feedback via surveys, or to contact someone as a reference, please use the links below.

Questions? Send Tom an email or schedule a call or a Zoom session.