Investors in crypto funds prefer when managers perform audits on the monthly returns and NAVs. From our experience, many crypto funds thus choose to retain auditors, even if they are not always legally obliged to have an audit company oversee their books. In this article, we explore what sets the most common auditors apart.
We have previously covered the top crypto fund lawyers  and the top crypto fund administrators . Today, we present another piece of the regulatory puzzle: professional auditing companies. In the last part of this mini-series, we will cover crypto funds’ banking partners.
But before that, we present the list of the most trusted crypto auditors.
Figure 1: The most commonly used professional crypto fund auditors amongst crypto hedge funds, by number of funds represented
Grant Thornton: The Largest Auditor With an Internationally Dispersed Client Base
Our database shows that Grant Thornton is present in the US, Canada, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and the Netherlands.
With 15.3%, the market leader does not have a dominating position, but it is more than 1.5x as large as the next largest competitor, RMS. This is partly due to Grant Thornton’s relatively broad client base across the globe. Only KPMG has a similar geographical coverage.
Please note that Grant Thornton appears with different naming variants in different countries.
RSM: The No. 1 Crypto Fund Auditor in the Cayman Islands
RSM is home in the Cayman Islands. The practice has minimal coverage in Gibraltar and the British Virgin Islands as well.
With its specialized approach, RSM was able to achieve the second place in the overall ranking by almost exclusively catering to the Cayman crypto fund market.
With its focus on the Cayman Islands, it is the biggest significant player in the Cayman Islands.
KPMG: The Second Largest Truly International Player
KPMG’s crypto fund auditing business is pread across the globe with funds from the US, Singapore, Cayman, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Canada.
The auditing giant was thus able to obtain a relevant position in the crypto asset management space. However, for a Big 4 Auditor such as KPMG, the market share here is less than one would expect.
Cohen & Co.: The Most Dispersed Offshore Specialist
While RSM and Baker Tilly are heavily focused on the Cayman Islands, Cohen also has a significant footprint in the British Virgin Islands, and minor exposure in the US and in Singapore.
Baker Tilly: Another Cayman Expert
We close the top 5 list with Baker Tilly, who are almost exclusively in the Cayman Islands, with a minor client base in the British Virgin Islands and in Switzerland.
Should the most popular domiciles, most notably the US, Cayman Islands, and British Virgin Islands, be able to attract even more crypto funds, this could lead to concentration among crypto auditors as well.
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