Despite the potential challenges presented by the current environment, we believe that we are well-suited to flexibly adapt and, potentially, capitalize on the opportunities presented. Our $55 billion global investment platform and robust roster of more than 600 manager relationships allow us to quickly and effectively identify and capitalize on opportunities on behalf of our clients. We believe our size and scale combined with our 50-year history, established track record, and institutional client base position us well to effectively deploy capital in the current environment.
Remote due diligence procedures have been integral to our overall due diligence efforts for years, so this new normal is not so new to us. Our Investment Committee has reviewed and confidently approved many investments without the investment team going on site.
In addition, our operational due diligence toolkit is comprehensive. We have an independent and experienced team of 15 professionals whose primary focus is performing ODD. The team is trained by former CIA, FBI, and law enforcement professionals in strategic interview techniques and behavioral assessment tactics. We evaluate investment opportunities on a case-by-case basis since each presents a unique set of considerations – including whether to incorporate a site visit into the process. In the current environment, we continue to perform a tailored risk assessment to thoroughly evaluate operational risk.
While we believe that remote due diligence will be sufficient in many cases, should a material issue arise during our due diligence process that we cannot fully diligence or sufficiently mitigate, we would not invest. Said another way, our due diligence underwriting standards and views towards investment and operational risk remain the same regardless of how or where we perform the work.
Finally, we have an extensive roster of, and over $19 billion invested with, small and emerging managers who represent an important source of differentiated deal flow that we may access quickly. We continue to keep the emerging manager industry connected and build relationships with this community – even virtually – by participating in and hosting conferences such as the recent Consortium, which brought together over 500 managers, LPs, and consultants in a virtual setting.
While the current environment has many challenges, we believe that we have adapted a nimble approach that will allow us to continue our investment activities on behalf of our clients.