New SEC proposed rule: Business Continuity and Transition plans

The SEC is proposing a new rule that would require SEC-registered investment advisers to adopt and implement written business continuity and transition plans in order to legally operate under SEC jurisdiction. If adopted, the rule would have significant impact on investment advisers. In this ComplianceCast Minute, Ascendant’s Gena Dirani discusses the proposal, its key requirements … Continued

Social Engineering: The Weakest Link

In this ComplianceCasts Minute, we discuss the growing concerns of social engineering. What is social engineering? This non-technical method of hacking forms one of the weakest links in a firm’s security because it relies solely on human interaction. Even with state-of-the-art security in place to protect a firm, lacking the knowledge to identify and prevent … Continued

The Cybersecurity Sweep Exam Results and What It Means for Compliance

In this ComplianceCasts Minute, Ascendant consultants Jackie Hallihan and Eugenie Warner discuss the results of the SEC’s Cybersecurity Sweep Exam. Covering how firms identify cybersecurity risks, establish cybersecurity policies, procedures and oversight processes and more, the cybersecurity sweep is just the beginning as OCIE’s 2015 Examination Priorities indicate that cybersecurity will again be a risk … 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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