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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How Do You Supervise for SEC Pay-to-Play Violations?

If you wanted more information about the contours of the SEC’s Pay-to-Play Rule, or how the SEC may enforce it, three recent Settlement Orders against large investment advisers for “over de minimis” political contributions provide some insight regarding one of the prohibitions: Contributions by Covered Associates to certain Government Officials over the specified Exception amount (capitalized words are terms in the … Continued

Do your Fund Documents Clearly Disclose Receipt of Accelerated Monitoring Fees?

Somewhat more reminiscent of the broken-windows enforcement era, two affiliated private equity advisers managing billions settled with the SEC on charges that they failed to make pre-commitment disclosures in fund governing documents related to accelerated fees received from portfolio companies. Interestingly, according to the Settlement Order, the advisers had made some disclosures in fund documents … Continued

With New Risk Alert, SEC Doubles Down on Best Execution

On July 11, 2018, the SEC issued a Risk Alert outlining commonly found compliance issues related to best execution by investment advisers. Advisers have an obligation to seek best execution of client transactions, taking into consideration quantitative factors such as execution quality and commission rate, as well as more qualitative factors such as the value … Continued

The Cost of Compliance: Understanding and Leveraging Resources

For compliance officers, obtaining the necessary tools and resources to build an effective compliance program can be costly and difficult to implement. How do you distinguish the best in class, the most cost-efficient and effective for use in your program? In this ComplianceCast, speakers David Porteous of Faegre Baker Daniels and Korrine Kohm of Ascendant … Continued

California Privacy Law Brings GDPR-Lite to the U.S.

New Act Will Give Consumers Rights to Access and Delete Their Data In what has become an ongoing race among states to have the toughest privacy regulation in the U.S., California has jumped to the front. On June 28, 2018, California’s legislature unanimously passed a privacy bill that was later signed by Governor Jerry Brown, … Continued

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