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GAIM Ops West
October 28 - 30 2024
Omni La Costa Resort & SpaCarlsbad, CA

Luke Sedler
Director of Operational Due Diligence at BlackRock


Luke Sedler, CFA, CPA, is the Director of Operational Due Diligence ("ODD") for the Multi-Alternatives (“Multi-Alts”) platform within BlackRock’s Multi-Asset Strategies & Solutions (“MASS”). The Multi-Alts team designs and manages portfolios across a wide range of liquid and illiquid alternative investments, leveraging BlackRock’s investment capabilities and technology to deliver best in class solutions for clients. Mr. Sedler and his team are responsible for conducting operational reviews and verifications of external alternative investment managers and service providers. This work entails detailed analysis of operational structures, processes and controls, oversight, and governance for both current and prospective manager investments, as well as verification of service providers, investment professionals (i.e., background checks), and organizational areas. Mr. Sedler also serves as a member of both the Hedge Fund Solutions Investment Committee and Management Committee.

The MASS team is the investment group at the heart of BlackRock's portfolio construction, asset allocation, and active management ecosystem. MASS draws on the full toolkit of BlackRock's index, factor, and alpha-seeking investment capabilities to deliver precise investment outcomes and cutting-edge alpha insights. MASS constructs active asset allocation strategies and whole portfolio solutions across a wide spectrum of commingled funds, separate accounts, model portfolios, and outsourcing solutions in the wealth and institutional channels.

Previously, Mr. Sedler led the global function responsible for operational reviews of hundreds of hedge fund managers and service providers annually for BlackRock Alternative Advisors, the firm’s Hedge Fund Solutions team. Mr. Sedler’s service with the firm dates back to 2008 where he began his career conducting operational reviews of hedge fund managers across all primary hedge fund investment strategies. Mr. Sedler earned a BA degree with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from the University of Washington.

Agenda Sessions

  • Avoiding fraud and business risk