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
  • 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
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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Cyber Crimes – Don’t Forget to File that SAR!

  Stopping, or even slowing, the proliferation of cyber-event related criminal activities remains a chief goal in the broker-dealer and investment advisory communities. As pointed out in a 2016 advisory released by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”), “Cyber-events targeting financial institutions often constitute criminal activity and can serve as means to commit a wide range of … Continued

DOL Rule Extension to Overlap with SEC Consideration of Fiduciary Standards

Following the Department of Labor’s November 27, 2017 announcement of an 18-month extension to the existing Fiduciary Rule transition period, the industry will enter a period of further study for proper standards for disclosure or elimination of conflicted compensation arrangements. That’s a mouthful right there. The Obama administration’s March 31, 2017 implementation of various new prohibited … Continued

Schedule 13D/13F Clarity on ETF Issues

Do I need to file a 13D or 13G if my client accounts hold in excess of 5% of an ETF? Generally, no. The SEC has granted no-action relief to ETFs with respect to compliance with Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act. Section 13(d) was designed to require disclosure when holders begin to accumulate … Continued

New Remedy Coming for SEC’s Custody Rule?

The SEC’s Custody Rule continues to be a common source of confusion and a landmine for noncompliance. Custodial paperwork has caused huge headaches for investment advisers, who are not a party to the agreement and may not even have a copy of the custodial new account paperwork. The issue with existing guidance is that it … 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.