AllianceBernstein Leverages Ontra’s Insight to Create Single Source of Truth for Fund and Side Letter Compliance

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Empowered multiple teams to collaborate efficiently

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Enabled teams to find answers quickly

“By implementing Insight across our alternatives platform, we created a single source of truth across the whole organization. This allowed us to assign specific obligations and tasks to the appropriate stakeholders across our firm. In turn, we could quickly answer complex questions from our investors, drive organizational accountability, and stay ahead of the growing complexity of private funds documentation.”
Neal Kalechofsky | Vice President of Alternatives Legal

 

Challenge: Rapidly growing firm needs to streamline investor obligations

Given the rapid growth of its alternatives platform, AllianceBernstein recognized the need to simplify LPA and side letter compliance. The large, globally distributed organization required a dedicated software solution that provided multiple internal teams with visibility into the firm’s obligations to its investors.

AllianceBernstein’s VP of Alternatives Legal, Neal Kalechofsky, set out to find a solution that could support the organization at scale. Specifically, he needed a cost-effective solution that would enable stakeholders across the firm to access and be accountable for the growing number of obligations to investors contained in fund documents and side letters.

 

Solution: Ontra’s Insight creates single source of truth for multiple teams

Decision-makers at AllianceBernstein identified Insight — Ontra’s AI-powered, purpose-built solution for fund obligation management — as a great fit for the firm’s needs. The software makes it easy to build multi-stakeholder workflows that drive alignment among various functions at the globally distributed firm. According to Kalechofsky, Insight facilitated crucial cross-functional collaboration, transparency, and accountability that kept pace with the company’s growing investor obligations.

“By implementing Insight across our alternatives platform, we were able to create a single source of truth across the whole organization. This allowed us to assign specific obligations and tasks to the appropriate stakeholders across our firm. In turn, we could quickly answer complex questions from our investors, drive organizational accountability, and, ultimately, stay ahead of the growing complexity of private funds documentation,” explained Neal Kalechofsky, VP of Alternatives Legal at AllianceBernstein.

The firm has partnered with Ontra for over three years now, and throughout that time, Insight has helped it manage compliance with all event-based and recurring obligations in fund documents and side letters. AllianceBernstein can use Insight to run quarterly compliance checks, conduct internal reviews, and prepare for SEC exams.

Implementing Insight provides AllianceBernstein with a centralized storage and workflow management solution. Due to Ontra’s powerful AI engine – Ontra Synapse – Insight has created significant time savings, allowing the firm to export the fund documents and data necessary to demonstrate side letter compliance in seconds — a task that can take hours or days when done manually. Kalechofsky was impressed with Ontra’s ability to efficiently automate critical compliance workflows, saying, “Adding AI into the mix with Ontra Synapse is another win for a company with a long track record of innovation.”

With Insight, AllianceBernstein found a user-friendly tool that provided leverage to many functions at the firm — including legal, compliance, finance, investor relations, and business development professionals. Kalechofsky concluded, “We’re incredibly pleased with Ontra’s use of cutting-edge technology to deliver legal solutions optimized for quality, speed, and low cost.”

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