Past Conference Speaker Inspiration for The Rock’s Next Blockbuster

If you attended Ascendant’s 2016 San Diego conference,  you will no doubt remember our outstanding keynote speaker, Jeff Glasbrenner. Jeff is a below-the-knee amputee who was fresh off becoming the first American amputee ever to scale Mount Everest. In San Diego, he spoke about turning challenges into triumphs, and about succeeding in the face of … Continued

Relief at Last – New Guidance on Inadvertent Custody

The SEC quietly provided additional guidance to the industry about inadvertent custody in supplemental responses to the Custody Rule FAQs. In Question II.11 and II.12, the SEC stated that it would not recommend enforcement against an adviser that does not have a copy of a client’s custodial agreement, and does not know or have reason … Continued

Cayman Islands Update AML Regulations for Private Equity

The Cayman Islands has further bolstered its anti-money laundering (“AML”) and countering of terrorist financing (“CTF”) rules. The new AML/CTF rules become effective on May 31, 2018 and will affect, among others, unregulated investment entities—such as private equity firms—domiciled in the Cayman Islands. The deadline to appoint AML officers, however, is September 30, 2018 for … Continued

SEC Creates Bogus ICO Site to Teach About Cryptocurrency Fraud

On May 16, 2018, the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy launched an educational website meant to demonstrate a fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO). The website, HoweyCoins.com mimics a bogus coin offering touting a too-good-to-be-true investment opportunity. The website features several of the features common to fraudulent offerings, including promises of guaranteed returns, complex … Continued

Get ready for Form ADV, Part 3: Form CRS

Are you ready for Form ADV Part 3? As if the last annual updating amendment filing was not tedious enough with all the additional information related to separately managed accounts, the process will further evolve with the SEC’s proposal for a Form ADV Part 3, also referred to as Form CRS. But don’t worry, it … Continued

For Cryptocurrency and Blockchain, a Reckoning is Coming

 NOTE: Ascendant Director of Cyber IT Services E.J. Yerzak recently spoke at the AIM Summit in Abu Dhabi, a conference that targets alternative investment managers. The following is a brief summary of his key comments during his two sessions, “Primer on Crypto Currency, Distributed Ledger Technology and ICO’s,” and “Legal & Regulatory Insights/AML – Blockchain” … Continued

Code of Ethics: SEC Focus Shifts Radar to Retail Firms

Each investment adviser’s Code of Ethics and other compliance policies set forth the standards of business conduct to which supervised persons must adhere. The challenge can often be monitoring compliance with the policies and assisting supervised persons with understanding their responsibilities. CCOs should put themselves in the SEC’s position – review your Code of Ethics (“Code”) … Continued

Ascendant’s Melanie Mendoza Authors Due Diligence Journal Article

Ascendant Senior Consultant Melanie Mendoza has over 30 years of investment compliance industry experience, focused on investment advisers, registered investment companies and private investment funds. That experience came to great use when Wolters Kluwer asked her to cover the top topic of due diligence for Practical Compliance & Risk Management For the Securities Industry, a journal written … Continued

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Past Conference Speaker Inspiration for The Rock’s Next Blockbuster

If you attended Ascendant’s 2016 San Diego conference,  you will no doubt remember our outstanding keynote speaker, Jeff Glasbrenner. Jeff is a below-the-knee amputee who was fresh off becoming the first American amputee ever to scale Mount Everest. In San Diego, he spoke about turning challenges into triumphs, and about succeeding in the face of … Continued

Relief at Last – New Guidance on Inadvertent Custody

The SEC quietly provided additional guidance to the industry about inadvertent custody in supplemental responses to the Custody Rule FAQs. In Question II.11 and II.12, the SEC stated that it would not recommend enforcement against an adviser that does not have a copy of a client’s custodial agreement, and does not know or have reason … Continued

Standards of Business Conduct: Personal Trading and Beyond

One of the most important assets a firm can possess is a sterling reputation, and maintaining such a reputation involves proactive attention. While most firms address standards of business conduct in their Codes of Ethics, it’s important to periodically reassess and update them. By incorporating technology, firms can mitigate reputational risk and maximize efficiency throughout … Continued

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