perfORM is an award-winning, multijurisdictional operational due diligence service provider with 100+ years of collective ODD experience.

Our clients are global and diverse including: Investment Managers, Allocators (e.g., Family Offices/Multi-Family Offices, Private Banks, Wealth Managers, Funds of Funds, Asset Managers, Pension Funds, Endowments), Service Providers/Vendors (including Virtual Asset Service Providers), and Sports Teams.

perfORM is asset class agnostic and our operational due diligence services extend across hedge funds, private equity and credit, real estate, direct lending, venture capital, digital assets (crypto), and long only.

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James Newman

Co-Founder & Co-Head, perfORM

+44 (0) 203 746 8971

James is a pioneer in the ODD space, with over 15 years’ experience in creating practices, developing standards and performing ODD. This includes leading an allocator delegation to negotiate fund corporate governance standards with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority and pioneering private equity ODD in 2012. James is the former Global Head of ODD at Barclays Wealth, where he was responsible for developing and leading operational risk assessments across the bank’s retail and non-retail investment product offerings. Prior to Barclays, he was the Head of ODD for Liberty Ermitage Group, where he vetoed an investment in Madoff in 2008 preventing significant losses and reputational damage to the firm and its clients.


Quentin Thom

Co-Founder & Co-Head, perfORM

+44 (0) 203 746 8974

Quentin is a business development professional with a strong background in ODD and an extensive senior network across Investment Managers, Allocators, service providers and trade associations. He is the former EU Head of Global Prime Finance consulting at Deutsche Bank, whereby he was responsible for the delivery of ODD services and content for alternative investment firms, ranging from start-ups to the largest groups in the alternatives industry. Quentin has over 20 years’ experience within financial services, he was UK Managing Director of a leading independent ODD provider for both managers and allocators and also gained extensive consulting experience while working for one of the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms.


Our Team

Emma Lawson, MCSI, Senior ODD Consultant (UK – London)

Emma has held senior ODD roles since 2008 and prior to that was an investment funds auditor at PwC. She was also COO at a fund of hedge funds advisor for four years, where her responsibilities included application and oversight of the firm’s control framework.

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Niklas Downham, CFA, Senior ODD Consultant (Switzerland – Geneva)

Nik is a highly experienced ODD practitioner. He has over 20 years of finance experience covering ODD, credit analysis and risk management at JP Morgan, Bank of England and Fitch Ratings. 

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Bryan Coutts, IMC, CAIA, Senior ODD Consultant (UK – London)

Bryan has over 20 years of experience in the asset management industry working in a variety of ODD roles at various well-known asset managers. Previous roles were at AXA Investment Managers, Blackrock, Aberdeen Asset Managers (now Standard Life Aberdeen) and Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson investors).

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Kristin Melino, MBA, Senior ODD Consultant (USA – NYC)

Kristin is a highly experienced ODD practitioner. Based in NYC, Kristin has over 26 years of relevant experience across operational due diligence, operations and compliance, which includes senior roles at Aksia and UBS.

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Chiara Santoro, CAIA, ODD Consultant (UK – London)

Chiara is an experienced ODD practitioner. Based in London, Chiara has 10 years of relevant ODD experience having worked for a well-established Italian Fund of funds, plus a boutique consultancy firm in London providing ODD consultancy work to the largest UK Pension Funds.

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Yakir Yosubas, CAMS, ODD Consultant (UK – London)

Yakir has over seven years of experience in enhanced due diligence, asset tracing and recovery, and anti-money laundering in high-risk jurisdictions. Before starting his career in finance, Yakir worked in different intelligence roles on complex arms control projects in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

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Benjamin Gray, CAIA, ODD Consultant (UK – London)

Benjamin has 2 years prior experience working for an independent depositary. Here, he was responsible for reviewing the operations of private equity, real estate and private debt funds.

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Carmen Van Wyk, ODD Consultant (UK – London)

Carmen is an ODD practitioner that started her career at a discretionary fund manager in South Africa, conducting both IDD and ODD for 4 years.

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Olga Romanova, CFA, CPA, Senior ODD Consultant (UK – London)

Olga is a highly experienced and qualified ODD practitioner with over 25 years of experience in audit and due diligence, specialising in alternative investment management. Previous ODD roles were at International Asset Management Limited, AXA Investment Managers, GAM and, most recently, at crypto fund of funds, Aaro Capital.

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