PRISM LLC is an independent consultant specializing in operational due diligence on hedge funds, private equity funds, and other private funds. PRISM was founded in New York in 2009 by Lauri Martin Haas, who manages the company’s due diligence efforts. Ms. Haas is a well known hedge fund industry professional with extensive institutional experience evaluating operational risk since the 1990s. An industry veteran working for 23 years with top global institutions, Ms. Haas was one of the first practitioners to look at both operational risk at banks, and then operational risk in hedge funds. PRISM’s clients include banks, funds of funds, university endowments, institutional investment consultants, pensions, family offices, insurance companies, and hedge funds.
Lauri Martin Haas, Managing Director & Principal
Lauri Martin Haas has 23 years of capital markets operational due diligence experience, and has evaluated over 2,400 hedge funds and private equity funds globally. Prior to forming PRISM in 2009, she worked on both the audit team and the risk and regulatory advisory team of Ernst & Young LLP in New York City specializing in capital markets and derivatives operational risk at banks (1995-1999), with the global CFO of JP Morgan Investment Management in New York City (2000-2001), and led the global hedge fund operational due diligence team at the Geneva headquartered Union Bancaire Privee from New York City across New York, Bermuda, and London (2001-2009). Her early experience as a journalist working for the executive producers for NBC Nightly News (1999-2000) also helped her develop a unique approach to interviewing people, as well as commercially gathering information and thoughtfully fact checking findings. She graduated with a BS degree in accounting from the State University New York at Albany in 1995, with honors. She earned her CPA accreditation in 1998 and her FRM (certified financial risk manager) accreditation in 2002. She has spoken on the topic of hedge fund operational risk in locales including New York, Monaco, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, West Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Dubai, Geneva, Sydney, and the Cayman Islands. She is the Chairperson for the Operational Best Practices Committee of the California Alternative Investments Association (“CalAlts“) (formerly known as the California Hedge Fund Association), in November 2016 was appointed a member of the Board of Directors for CalAlts, and in November 2017 was also appointed 2nd Vice President for CalAlts.