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

Cyber Crimes – Don’t Forget to File that SAR!

  Stopping, or even slowing, the proliferation of cyber-event related criminal activities remains a chief goal in the broker-dealer and investment advisory communities. As pointed out in a 2016 advisory released by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”), “Cyber-events targeting financial institutions often constitute criminal activity and can serve as means to commit a wide range of … Continued

DOL Rule Extension to Overlap with SEC Consideration of Fiduciary Standards

Following the Department of Labor’s November 27, 2017 announcement of an 18-month extension to the existing Fiduciary Rule transition period, the industry will enter a period of further study for proper standards for disclosure or elimination of conflicted compensation arrangements. That’s a mouthful right there. The Obama administration’s March 31, 2017 implementation of various new prohibited … Continued

Schedule 13D/13F Clarity on ETF Issues

Do I need to file a 13D or 13G if my client accounts hold in excess of 5% of an ETF? Generally, no. The SEC has granted no-action relief to ETFs with respect to compliance with Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act. Section 13(d) was designed to require disclosure when holders begin to accumulate … Continued

New Remedy Coming for SEC’s Custody Rule?

The SEC’s Custody Rule continues to be a common source of confusion and a landmine for noncompliance. Custodial paperwork has caused huge headaches for investment advisers, who are not a party to the agreement and may not even have a copy of the custodial new account paperwork. The issue with existing guidance is that it … 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.