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

Coming to America – California Adopts GDPR-Like Privacy Regulation

After a number of firms struggled last year to get their marketing and information systems into compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), advisers to U.S. clients will soon be facing similar requirements on the home front.  On the heels of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, California enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act of … Continued

SEC and FINRA 2019 Examination Priorities

The SEC and FINRA have recently released their examination priorities for 2019. 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 Fees and expenses Disclosure Conflicts of interest Suitability Protecting senior investors Trading … Continued

SEC Reopened After 35-Day Government Shutdown

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton announced on Saturday, January 26 that with an agreement reached to end the government shutdown, the “Commission has resumed normal staffing levels and is returning to normal operations.” In total, about 94% of the commission’s approximately 4,400 employees had been furloughed during the 35-day shutdown, according to its operations plan. In a … Continued

FINRA Rolls Out New Central Registration Depository Functionality; Annual Verification Deadline Nears

FINRA first introduced enhancements to the Central Registration Depository (“CRD”) on October 1, 2018, which were rolled out in support of FINRA’s restructured qualification examination program as well as the adoption of consolidated FINRA registration rules. The new enhancements were intended to also more easily assist member firms with satisfying their reporting and compliance obligations. … 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.