Investment Advisers

We provide a suite of services and solutions designed to help you meet your compliance obligations, through a team that has includes former chief compliance officers, SEC regulators, lawyers, MBAs and members with many years of operational experience. We understand life from both sides of the desk.

Compliance

We work closely with you to design a program – as simple or as complex as your specific compliance needs require – drawing from the following services:

  • Prepare, amend, or renew your federal and state regulatory documents
  • Prepare and conduct annual reviews
  • Develop model code of ethics and insider trading policies
  • Review your website, advertising, and marketing materials
  • Review contracts
  • Review business practices
  • Custody assessment services
  • Develop and offer updates to supervisory procedures
  • Perform a compliance audit
  • Perform a due diligence review
  • Act as your IARD account representative
  • Form ADV reviews and revisions
  • Mock SEC exam services
Continuing Education + Training

We provide compliance training through webcasts or on-site delivery on a variety of current regulatory focus topics for continuing education.

We offer both standard and customized compliance training programs on all aspects of regulation and compliance. The modular structure of our program means that we can offer training to suit your specific needs, working with you to make compliance a source of strength.

SEC Registration

We can help you navigate every step of the sometimes-complex processes with the SEC and applicable state regulatory bodies. Ascendant can provide the following:

  • Registration with the SEC and states as applicable
  • Preparation of Form ADV
  • Registration of principals, officers and advisory reps as needed
  • Sample advisory contracts
  • Drafting of customized Code of Ethics
  • Insider trading policy
  • Drafting of policies and procedures manual

Ascendant will help develop a compliance program for your firm, providing you with a process and a culture of compliance to satisfy regulators.

Whatever your needs, Ascendant will work with you to make compliance a source of strength.

Please call 1-860-435-2255 for more information.

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Custody Concerns Continue

You timely filed your Form ADV within 90 days of fiscal year end, but did you properly answer all the questions related to custody? Not surprisingly, the Form remains confusing for many advisers, as does application of the Custody Rule itself. The SEC has issued guidance, letters to the industry, alerts and FAQs, but things … Continued

Blockchain Isn’t Hot Sauce

Guest post by Samson Williams, Partner – Axes & Eggs and Keynote Speaker – Ascendant CSS Spring 2019 Conference  I started telling people that blockchain isn’t hot sauce in mid-2017 to help explain why initial coin offerings (ICOs) were just the latest form of unregulated, online gambling. In November 2017, with Bitcoin nearing a high … Continued

The Importance of Effective ADV Disclosure: Staying Ahead of the Regulators

This ComplianceCast will discuss how firms can mitigate risk by having effective disclosure in their Form ADV Brochure. Our panelists will be CSS Ascendant Senior Consultant Ariana Monchick and Jessica Matelis, Partner at Foley & Lardner and former Senior Counsel at the SEC Division of Enforcement. They will discuss: Required disclosures The types of conflicts … Continued

Regulation Best Interest, Cybersecurity Top Concerns at IAA 2019 Compliance Conference

The Investment Adviser Association (IAA) represents the interests of investment advisers in Washington D.C., and the IAA Investment Adviser Compliance Conference 2019 was a forum for the discussion of future potential rulemaking. Cybersecurity and Fiduciary Rule considerations were headline topics, with custody and marketing right behind. The following is a summary of key issues discussed … Continued

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Ascendant works together with clients to identify and assess critical needs through customized plans. If you need assistance with compliance functions, regulatory services, cybersecurity or technology tools, we’d love to speak with you.