Ascendant Compliance Solutions Strategies Spring 2019 Conference

Ascendant and Compliance Solutions Strategies conferences, held in prime locations around the United States, provide a forum for peer networking and the exchange of ideas and experiences in relaxed settings. In-depth interaction among conference attendees facilitates peer-learning, with guidance and instruction from our panelists and experts. Speakers typically include current and former SEC and FINRA … Continued

Decrypting Regulations: Cracking the Code to Powerful Compliance Programs

Compliance oversight of the financial services industry continues to experience transformations at the speed of business, accelerated by dynamic technological advancements and shifting regulatory priorities. While staying abreast of cornerstone compliance topics such as annual reviews, personal trading and portfolio management is always challenging, compliance teams are now also tasked with learning about subjects including … Continued

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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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

SEC’s Latest Risk Alert Focuses on Electronic Communications

The SEC’s most recent risk alert, “Observations from Investment Adviser Examinations Relating to Electronic Messaging,” issued on December 14, 2019, focuses on the use and maintenance of electronic communications for business purposes. The purpose of the alert is to remind advisers of their obligations related to personal use of electronic messaging and the requirements for … Continued

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