Citco announces completion of the Fund Services SOC 1 report for the thirteenth consecutive year

New York, 17 November  2016 – Citco Fund Services (“CFS”) is pleased to announce, that for the year ended 30 September 2016, it has successfully received a Service Organization Control 1 (“SOC1”) Type #2 certification from an independent auditing firm for the thirteenth consecutive year. The examination, in respect of the processes and controls within CFS, resulted in the provision of an unqualified audit opinion from an independent audit firm.

The 2016 SOC 1 Type #2 Report has been prepared in accordance with the guidelines contained in the United States Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (“SSAE”) No. 16 and International Standard On Assurance Engagements (“ISAE”) 3402 and its related amendments and interpretations.

The overall scope of the 2016 SOC 1 Type #2 Report includes CFS operations that provide fund administration and related investor relations services for Single Manager, Fund of Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Real Estate clients. In addition, the 2016 SOC 1 Type #2 Report includes custody services that are available to CFS clients. As CFS continuously looks to demonstrate its continuing commitment to internal controls, the scope of the 2016 SOC 1 Type #2 Report has been further expanded, to include the AIFMD Valuation Service Offering (External Valuer) and Settled Bank Debt positions (existence) as part of the portfolio reconciliation testing.

For 2016, the independent examination consisted of an evaluation of the design and operating effectiveness of the following controls:

From a Fund Accounting and Investor Relations perspective, the examination included (for single manager, fund of hedge funds, private equity, and real estate unless specifically stated);

  • Trade processing;
  • Price verification;
  • Reconciliations of cash and portfolio positions;
  • Middle office services for fund of hedge funds;
  • Enhanced middle office (including affirmation and confirmation) for single manager funds;
  • NAV production;
  • Allocations; and
  • Investor relations.

From a Custody perspective, the examination included:

  • Client Order Placement;
  • Client Trade Verification;
  • Trade Document Completion;
  • Settlements;
  • Transfers;
  • Corporate Actions;
  • Securities Reconciliation;
  • Cash Reconciliation;
  • Static Data;
  • Network Management; and
  • Vault.

From an Information Technology perspective, the examination included controls relating to:

  • Change management;
  • Back-up, retention, restoration and replication;
  • Logical security;
  • Physical security;
  • Incident management;
  • Job scheduling and system monitoring; and
  • Data transmissions.

The completion of the SOC 1 examination demonstrates the continuing commitment of CFS to quality and confidentiality, as well as further demonstrates, that CFS continues to maintain a high level of internal control.

Citco welcomes any inquiries that our clients may have with respect to the 2016 SOC 1 Type #2 Report.