The AITEC-AIMA Due Diligence Questionnaire (DDQ)

AITEC created the Due Diligence Questionnaire (DDQ) in 2014 to streamline the process of conducting due diligence on vendors servicing the investment community. The DDQ represents a superset of critical questions compiled by a committee of AlTEC and AIMA members who are experienced in technology and operations. The AITEC-AIMA DDQ allows the industry to approach vendors as a single voice which provides efficiencies in communication and ultimately increases the market’s understanding of technology infrastructure.

AITEC partnered with the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) in 2016 to rebrand the AITEC-AIMA DDQ and to promote awareness and adoption of the service. Today, over 150 global vendors offer the DDQ to AITEC and AIMA members.

Why acknowledge, utilize and adopt the AlTEC-AIMA DDQ?

The DDQ has been recognized in the market for its content and efficiency. It has been widely adopted by over 250 alternative asset management firms and 150 global vendors of various services and sizes. The content was created and continues to be updated by experts in technology, operations and due diligence from a wide array of alternative asset management firms.  A standard protocol in vendor due diligence improves efficiencies in security, operations and communication between vendors and clients.

How do members use the AITEC-AIMA Due Diligence Questionnaire (DDQ)?

AITEC members have exclusive access to the AITEC-AIMA DDQ template.

Members either download the template and send it to their respective vendors to complete offline or via software solutions such as Markit KY3P platform or Prevalent platform.

AITEC members request their vendors to supply answers to the AITEC-AIMA DDQ directly.  AITEC does not host a database of DDQs but does maintain a list of those vendors who have completed it. This list is only available to members.

Does the AITEC-AIMA DDQ vary based on services offered by a vendor?

The AITEC-AIMA DDQ is one template which is suitable for all vendors. It is not tailored for services as vendors are engaged differently by their clients.  

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AITEC maintains a Vendor Directory tracking vendor participation and contact information for members only.

Members frequently add vendors to the list which includes the legal name, contact information and short description of vendor service.

AITEC does not endorse solutions, vendors or market practices. AITEC does not score, rate, pass or recommend any specific solution or vendor. Qualitative due diligence on a vendor is the exclusive responsibility of the member.

AITEC also has a vendor discount program allowing vendors to offer discounted fees to AITEC members. This is available to all market vendors and vendor participation is not subject to AITEC approval.