Overview

Ascendant offers a thorough range of compliance management services that are designed to help clients meet their regulatory responsibilities while allowing them to focus on their core businesses.

Compliance requirements for investment advisers and broker-dealers have grown exponentially in recent years, and continue to evolve. We offer innovative consulting, providing in-depth services for our clients in those industries through tailored solutions based upon key factors including timeline, size and complexity. Ascendant provides these services on an annual basis in a compliance partnership structure.

In adapting our service offerings to fit your business, we consider the following factors: compliance needs and regulatory risk factors; the organizational structure, compliance staffing or support; compliance-related IT risk factors and support functions; and specific regulatory requirements.

Through our expertise in the field, Ascendant understands the many complexities and pressures of modern business. Our compliance support services can be tailored to a specific engagement or timeframe. They encompass the following areas:

  • Independent Consultant for SEC Enforcement Proceedings
  • SEC Registration
  • Risk Assessment, Annual Reviews, and 206(4)-7 and 38a-1 Service
  • Mock SEC Exam Services
  • FINRA + Broker-Dealer Services
  • IT Risk Assessment Services
  • Trade Blotter Analysis | Trade Blotter Manager Tool – Technology Solutions
  • Continuing Education and Training
  • Policies and Procedures

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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Latest Content

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

SEC Issues MiFID II No-Action Relief

Some industry anxiety was assuaged on October 26 with three no-action letters that offer relief for some US regulated broker-dealers and investment advisers regarding European MiFID II regulations. The letters followed consultation with the European authorities, and are designed to address concerns that investors could lose access to valuable research. MiFID II is a series of regulations … Continued

Regulatory Changes Impacting RICs and Service Providers

A year ago, the SEC adopted Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and Forms, as well as rules pertaining to liquidity risk management programs and swing pricing. New forms N-Port and N-Cen along with amendments to Regulation S-X significantly change the current reporting regime for most registered investment companies (RICs) because they require more comprehensive disclosure and … Continued

Publicly Available Information Heightens Need for Cybersecurity Vigilance

For any business, “ports” that allow for communication generally need to be open (for example, ports 80 and 443 for websites, and port 500 for VPN access). While most of these ports allow you to engage in critical functions, there are often ports that remain open despite being unneeded or unused. These available ports present … Continued

How To Build An Effective Service Provider Oversight Program In Three Easy Steps

Investment advisers of all sizes face new and growing challenges in today’s competitive and evolving environment. As the investment management industry becomes more consumer-focused, individual investors are pressing advisers for more innovative products and a personalized client experience. Further, the growth of passive strategies has created fee pressure across the spectrum, leading to contracting margins.1 … Continued

Due Diligence For Advisers And Sub-Advisers

In an April 2003 speech by Lori Richards, the then-director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations mentioned one area where she believed some less-than-meticulous care has been given: the supervision of service providers and in particular, sub-advisers.

Best Practice Tips for the Use of Expert Networks in Investment Research

In general, an expert network platform facilitates the exchange of information between “experts” and investment professionals. Unfortunately, certain industry participants have misused expert networks, and in many insider trading cases, the analysts sought to cultivate relationships with experts outside of a structured platform. At the recent Ascendant Compliance Management Conference “Compliance Disruptors: Seismic Shifts of … 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.