Our Story

Ascendant Compliance Management, with offices in Connecticut, New York and San Francisco, was founded in 2006 by the leaders and founders of successful compliance consulting companies and the nonprofit National Society for Compliance Professionals.

Our experienced team shares a philosophy and commitment to innovation, to the highest quality client service and to educational training and technological solutions for investment managers, broker dealers, hedge and private equity funds worldwide.

Ascendant offers innovative compliance consulting: we are solution providers who bring our clients customized compliance and operational solutions that allow them to focus on growing their businesses. We provide defined outcomes and support services tailored to what each client needs.  Leveraging from the thousands of firms we have visited and serviced over the years, we prepare best practice procedures that will help preserve your hard-won reputation.

Ascendant Compliance Management can help your business put compliance into perspective by guiding you through the regulations. By ensuring that senior management understands compliance controls arrangements, we aim to ensure that good compliance becomes an integral part of the way your firm conducts business. Our philosophy is straightforward: compliance should not be difficult. By removing the complexities and addressing misapprehensions, we aim to make compliance a source of strength for our clients.

Ascendant will help your firm create a culture of compliance and make compliance a source of strength, wherever you operate.

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Ascendant is part of Compliance Solutions Strategies (“CSS”), a privately owned, leading provider of technology-enabled regulatory and compliance solutions to the financial services industry. The CSS RegTech platform provides a comprehensive offering encompassing regulatory reporting, data management, outsourced compliance management services, compliance workflow tools, shareholding disclosure, trade monitoring, trading analytics and cybersecurity solutions for the global financial services industry.

Latest Content

SEC Retail Investor Focus Turns Towards Registered Investment Companies

Earlier this year when the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced its 2018 examination priorities, OCIE stated that a core priority was to protect retail investors, including seniors and individuals saving for retirement. OCIE is now continuing this effort by focusing on mutual funds and exchanged-traded funds (together, the “Funds”) as the … Continued

SEC Alerts Investment Advisers to Review Solicitor Arrangements

On October 31, OCIE issued a new Risk Alert for investment advisers with solicitor arrangements. The SEC periodically releases risk alerts to notify the industry of deficiencies they are finding during examinations, and this latest alert puts investment advisers with solicitor arrangements on notice to check their solicitor agreements, policies and procedures, and disclosure documents. … Continued

Pennsylvania Sounds Warning Bell Over Client Credentials and Custody

The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (PDOBS) has indicated in recent guidance two concerns related to investment advisers using client credentials to access a custodial account(s). In the letter dated September 25, 2018, PDOBS indicates that the use of client credentials may create custody and is considered to be a dishonest and unethical practice. … Continued

San Diego 2018 Conference Gallery

Ascendant/CSS San Diego Conference Another compliance conference is in the books. We had a great time in San Diego, and we think our attendees did, too. We hope to see you in Miami! (Click on photos to view full size.)  

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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.