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

6 Tips for Responding to Breaches

Data breaches can result from cyberattacks as well as insider threats or errors. At Ascendant’s conference, “Complexities of Compliance in a New Era of SEC Initiatives,” one of the panels discussed the varied methods by which sensitive information is being compromised, and explained several practical considerations for the formation of an Incident Response Team. In … Continued

Conference Recap: Complexities of Compliance, Part 1

Ascendant hosted another really fantastic, content-filled conference in Palm Springs, California. Apply titled “Complexities of Compliance in a New Era of SEC Initiatives,” the conference broke down the complex compliance environment that presently exists and provided compliance professionals the guidance needed on how to deal with the ever changing regulatory landscape. Listen to this podcast … Continued

Broken Windows and the Normalization of Deviance

SEC Chair Mary Jo White has indicated that the SEC will not tolerate “Broken Windows”, or small violations. Here, Keith Marks, Partner at Ascendant, discusses the parallels of the SEC’s enforcement approach, and U.S. Astronaut Mike Mullane’s upcoming Palm Springs conference presentation on the dangers of the “Normalization of Deviance”. At Ascendant’s conference you can … 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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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

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

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