Compliance 20/20: Insights Into Innovative Compliance Programs

With laser-focused regulators, rapidly evolving technologies and the relentless demands of everyday business, the responsibilities of compliance professionals continue to expand. It’s all too easy to focus on one area of risk or a “hot topic” at the expense of others, leading many to wonder how to keep the entire compliance program in perspective. Compliance … Continued

Compliance Disruptors: Seismic Shifts of the Regulatory Landscape

In today’s business environment, disruption is synonymous with innovation. Disruptors are the heroes of our times, building efficiencies into complex systems and processes. The compliance world is no different. In recent years, we’ve seen an emphasis on big data, an explosion of technology tools and a renewed scrutiny on regulations. As compliance officers’ responsibilities grow, … Continued

A Commitment To Compliance: Climbing The Mountain Of Regulatory Expectations

Changes are impacting the asset management industry from all directions – SEC, Department of Labor, CFTC/NFA, U.S. Treasury, Federal Reserve, and foreign government bodies. New SEC Examination Priorities Enhanced Technology to Detect Fraud New DOL Fiduciary Rule New Business Continuity Rule Proposal FinCEN AML Rulemaking Cybersecurity Enforcement Risks Commodities Regulations Overhaul Responsibility for Oversight of … Continued

The Quest for Compliance: Prevention, Detection and Mitigation of Risk

Welcome to Orlando as you continue your ongoing quest for compliance. Our conference was diligently planned with the goal of providing you a guide for compliance success, with an emphasis on key SEC initiatives including current exam priorities. You can design your own conference experience, focusing on the topics most relevant to you, including subjects … Continued

The Expanding Compliance Universe: Advanced Perspectives and Practical Solutions

A Year of Regulatory Change SEC Requirements – What’s New and What’s on the Horizon Essential Components of a Compliance Program Evolving Compliance Monitoring and Testing Expectations Understanding Regulatory Filings Cybersecurity Essentials Private Fund Regulation – the SEC’s Focus The Expanding Compliance Universe is a confluence of ever moving, ever changing points of regulations, conflicts … Continued

Expanding and Harmonizing the Footprint

Exploring the regulatory landscapes of the US and the UK – highlighting key similarities and differences Compliance Program Management: FCA and SEC Regulations Intersect Ascendant Compliance Management and CCL partner to educate compliance professionals on effectively managing this transatlantic cross-section. Call it Enterprise Risk Management and paving the way for growth. Expanding your firm’s footprint … Continued

Complexities of Compliance in a New Era of SEC Initiatives

Ascendant’s Palm Springs Compliance Conference is designed as a forum for investment adviser compliance professionals to: Advance compliance programs to meet the complexities of new SEC examination strategies, rapidly changing technologies and regulatory initiatives Prepare to meet the demands of critical Cybersecurity controls and programs Learn about new solutions, new methodologies, and new ways to … Continued

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OCIE Examined 15% of RIAs in 2017

In 2017, the SEC examined 2,114 investment advisers, approximately 15 percent of the 14,000+ registered investment advisers, the SEC confirmed in its Fiscal Year 2019 Congressional Budget Justification Annual Performance Plan. In the same report, the SEC said the staff will continue to improve its efforts of RIAs, noting that nearly 35 percent of all … Continued

Ascendant’s Adam DiPaolo Discusses Hypothetical & Model Performance Marketing Pitfalls

A Jan. 12 article in HFMCompliance titled “Best practice for hedge funds using hypothetical and model performance” outlines best practices for hedge fund managers when using hypothetical performance or model data in marketing efforts, and how managers relying on such data can avoid enforcement actions. Adam DiPaolo, Senior Consultant in Ascendant’s Private Funds group, is quoted in the … Continued

SEC’s Exam Priorities Offer Insight Into National Exam Program

On February 7, 2018, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued their 2018 Examination Priorities (see Ascendant’s summary here). In addition to defining their examination priorities for the year, the OCIE staff offered some insight into the National Exam Program.  Specifically, they defined the following five principles in executing their exam priorities: … Continued

SEC Updates: ICO Gatekeeper Standards, SEC/CFTC Swap Rules

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton had some stern advice for market professionals, especially gatekeepers, who he said need to act responsibly and hold themselves to high standards. Speaking via videoconference during Securities Regulation Institute’s recent annual conference, he said, “To be blunt, from what I have seen recently, particularly in the initial coin offering (“ICO”) space, they … Continued

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