Our Clients

Our exclusive focus on asset management and securities industries means that our experience and expertise is always relevant to your business and is fundamental to our success in delivering excellence in all aspects of our service.

Our client profile:

  • Asset managers and broker dealers located in the US, the UK and Ireland;
  • Retail advisers, institutional, hedge fund and private equity managers, including five of the largest fund managers in the US; and
  • Firms with assets under management typically ranging from under $200 million to over $80 billion.

Additionally our conference events have included attendees with over $175 trillion under management.

What Our Clients Say

“We were thrilled; you simplified the complex regulatory environment and gave us business solutions that made sense.”

“As we prepared to register with the SEC, we realized how naive we were to the 1940 Act and all of the ramifications it would have for our private equity business. Ascendant, you saved us!”

“Planning for the transition to SEC registration was a big worry.  You provided exactly what we were looking for.”

“Taking complex, confusing regulations and translating them into plain English for our broker dealer was the best thing that happened to us in years.”

Latest Content

Custody Concerns Continue

You timely filed your Form ADV within 90 days of fiscal year end, but did you properly answer all the questions related to custody? Not surprisingly, the Form remains confusing for many advisers, as does application of the Custody Rule itself. The SEC has issued guidance, letters to the industry, alerts and FAQs, but things … Continued

Blockchain Isn’t Hot Sauce

Guest post by Samson Williams, Partner – Axes & Eggs and Keynote Speaker – Ascendant CSS Spring 2019 Conference  I started telling people that blockchain isn’t hot sauce in mid-2017 to help explain why initial coin offerings (ICOs) were just the latest form of unregulated, online gambling. In November 2017, with Bitcoin nearing a high … Continued

The Importance of Effective ADV Disclosure: Staying Ahead of the Regulators

This ComplianceCast will discuss how firms can mitigate risk by having effective disclosure in their Form ADV Brochure. Our panelists will be CSS Ascendant Senior Consultant Ariana Monchick and Jessica Matelis, Partner at Foley & Lardner and former Senior Counsel at the SEC Division of Enforcement. They will discuss: Required disclosures The types of conflicts … Continued

Regulation Best Interest, Cybersecurity Top Concerns at IAA 2019 Compliance Conference

The Investment Adviser Association (IAA) represents the interests of investment advisers in Washington D.C., and the IAA Investment Adviser Compliance Conference 2019 was a forum for the discussion of future potential rulemaking. Cybersecurity and Fiduciary Rule considerations were headline topics, with custody and marketing right behind. The following is a summary of key issues discussed … Continued

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Ascendant works together with clients to identify and assess critical needs through customized plans. If you need assistance with compliance functions, regulatory services, cybersecurity or technology tools, we’d love to speak with you.