About Conferences

Excellent learning environment and beautiful surroundings. Industry experts, timely topics, interactive sessions.

Our educational programs are tailored to training compliance and legal professionals, senior management, operations and trading, marketing and research personnel, portfolio managers, and internal auditors.

Each of our training programs reviews, updates, and offers up-to-the-minute clarification of regulatory issues by industry professionals and the foremost legal and regulatory representatives.

The aim of Ascendant Conferences + Education is to help maintain and raise the standards of compliance to ensure that the investing public is protected. We provide the expertise for building a culture of compliance within firms and to make compliance a source of strength.

Ascendant’s conferences, held in prime locations around the country, provide a forum for peer networking and the exchange of ideas and experiences in relaxed settings. In-depth interaction among conference attendees facilitates peer-learning, with guidance and instruction from our panelists and experts.

Continuing education credits are offered.

For more information on our Conferences + Education offerings please call Deb Galli, Director of Conferences + Education at 860-435-2255 or email dgalli@ascendantcompliance.com

Ascendant Conferences + Education

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Evolution of Fiduciary Rules Begins to Take Shape in SEC

On April 18, 2018, the SEC voted to propose several new rules and reforms related to fiduciary standards. The package intends to raise and clarify standards of conduct for broker-dealers and investment advisers, and to provide clarity regarding fees, conflicts and other material matters. It also aims to ensure that the standards can be understood … Continued

Insurance Considerations for Investment Advisers

How much coverage is enough? What types of insurance policies do you need? Whether you are starting an investment advisory practice, launching a new line of business, or reevaluating your existing risks, there are critical questions to ask to make sure you understand the various ways to protect your firm. Join us for a practical … Continued

Fifth Circuit Weighs In on DOL Fiduciary Rule

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has vacated the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule. In a 2-1 split, the Fifth Circuit’s decision overrules a Dallas District Court’s decision, which had previously upheld the rule. Unfortunately, the decision does little to settle the fate of the beleaguered rule. Although it … Continued

SEC Proposes Amending Investment Company Liquidity Disclosures in Forms N-PORT and N-1A

On March 14, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed amendments to the mutual fund liquidity-related disclosure requirements. Specifically, the proposal: Adds a new requirement to “briefly discuss the operation and effectiveness of the Fund’s liquidity risk management program during the most recently completed fiscal year” in the Fund’s Management Discussion of Fund Performance … Continued

Paradigm Shift in SEC Exams, Benefits of a Mock Exam

For investment advisers currently going through an SEC exam, the process likely bears little resemblance to exams of old. Call it the new normal, a paradigm shift, or simply the effects of the SEC having to do more with less, but anecdotal evidence among those now experiencing the exam process suggests some interesting new trends. … Continued

Why Should a Big Hedge Fund Use a Compliance Consultant?

If your firm isn’t already using an outside consultant, you may want to ask yourself “why not?” Oftentimes at hedge funds, compliance officers struggle to successfully fulfill the requirements of the job without an essential tool in their toolbox: the outside compliance consultant. Why? The primary reason is simple: resources. When your head is down … Continued

Custody – Get It Right: Just in Time for Your Annual Updating Amendment!

The SEC’s Custody Rule and its application to registered investment advisers is complicated and often misunderstood, and custody issues remain among the most common deficiencies cited during SEC exams. Download this important ComplianceCast to understand the key elements of the Custody Rule; identify available exceptions to certain requirements of the Custody Rule based on industry … Continued

SEC and FINRA 2018 Examination Priorities

The SEC and FINRA have recently released their examination priorities for 2018. These releases provide insight into regulatory priorities and serve as guidance for a firm in evaluating its compliance program. We will discuss topics covered in these releases, including: Protecting retail investors Disclosure Best execution Mutual fund selection Anti-money laundering Cryptocurrencies Technology and cybersecurity

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