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Cascade Suite™

A transparent and flexible waterfall engine

Cascade Suite™ allows private equity administrators and fund managers to automate their waterfall calculation processes and scenario forecasting capabilities. The benefits of Cascade Suite™ include:

Waterfall design and forecasting

  • Intuitive flowchart-based waterfall definition tool empowers non-technical business users to design and maintain waterfall calculations
  • Fund forecasting module projects future performance based on hypothetical investment sales, rate curves, and other user-defined inputs
  • “Audit View” functionality provides a transparent method of tracking and reporting waterfall calculations at the partner and investment levels
  • Business logic library allows calculations to be leveraged across the entire fund platform to improve efficiency and scalability
  • Drag and drop copy functionality to set up new funds reduces implementation time
  • Workflow automation allows processing to run unattended

Robust system integration, reporting, and security

  • Direct interface with the system of record facilitates import and export of data, including support for data refresh and on-demand processing
  • A common relational database repository centralizes data across multiple funds and clients
  • Flexible reporting tools accommodate various business intelligence needs from in-depth analysis of a single fund to top-level surveillance of the entire platform
  • User-defined, role-based security provides organizational flexibility, separation of duties, and confidentiality control
  • “Four-eyes” approval process allows changes to any business rule, fund structure, calculation, or report to be reviewed and approved
  • Audit logs track historical changes to waterfall calculations, data inputs, user access, and database structure
  • Waterfall results can be analyzed using standard reports and queries
  • Automated export of waterfall results to other applications

Advanced technology platform

  • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based on Microsoft’s .NET platform
  • An advanced user interface based on user-defined metadata, utilizing our proprietary application framework
  • A single relational database, using any ODBC compliant database platform, such as Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle
  • Robust security features, including native support for various user authentication schemes such as Active Directory, Windows Integrated, and Basic/Digest
  • Support for load-balanced and failover-standby server configurations for quick disaster recovery
  • Integrated, configurable archiving of historic data to support large data volumes

For more information about this product, or to arrange a demonstration, please contact:

Mark Scherer
Deloitte & Touche LLP
+1 212 436 2842 

Les Craig
Senior Manager
Deloitte & Touche LLP
+1 212 436 3539

John Will
Senior Manager
Deloitte & Touche LLP
+1 212 436 2996

Chris Pruszko
Senior Manager
Deloitte & Touche Projects SARL
+44 20 7303 7145

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte & Touche LLP, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

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