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Castle Hall appoints Matthias Knab, founder of Opalesque, as Senior Advisor

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Castle Hall, the Due Diligence Company, announced the appointment of Matthias Knab, the founder of Opalesque, as Senior Advisor to the firm.

Matthias will help guide the expansion of Castle Hall's DiligenceExchange platform, working with both investors and asset managers. DiligenceExchange (DXC) offers an industry-standard approach to the collection of verified due diligence data which, in turn, powers Castle Hall's innovative DiligenceExchange benchmarks.

"I'm extremely excited to join the Castle Hall team and contribute to the growth of DiligenceExchange," said Matthias.

"DXC helps the industry in two ways. First, data gathering has become a true bottleneck, as asset managers respond to numerous data requests asking overlapping questions in slightly different formats. DXC standardizes data sets, which are then subject to Castle Hall's independent 'trust but verify' checks to protect against fraud," he explained.

"Second, standardization of data allows Castle Hall to calculate DiligenceExchange benchmarks, delivering long-overdue transparency to the industry. The due diligence process is much more efficient when it is supported by evidenced data around, for example, how frequently do asset managers form a valuation committee, appoint independent members to a fund board, or how often investors will see asset managers employing multiple family members," Matthias added.

"Matthias is one of the alternative investment industry's most well-known and respected professionals," said Chris Addy, Castle Hall's CEO. "We are delighted to have his advice available to Castle Hall as we continue to expand DiligenceExchange, the heart of our fintech solution to due diligence."

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