San Diego 2018 Conference Gallery

Ascendant/CSS San Diego Conference Another compliance conference is in the books. We had a great time in San Diego, and we think our attendees did, too. We hope to see you in Miami! (Click on photos to view full size.)  

Past Conference Speaker Inspiration for The Rock’s Next Blockbuster

If you attended Ascendant’s 2016 San Diego conference,  you will no doubt remember our outstanding keynote speaker, Jeff Glasbrenner. Jeff is a below-the-knee amputee who was fresh off becoming the first American amputee ever to scale Mount Everest. In San Diego, he spoke about turning challenges into triumphs, and about succeeding in the face of … Continued

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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SEC’s Latest Risk Alert Focuses on Electronic Communications

The SEC’s most recent risk alert, “Observations from Investment Adviser Examinations Relating to Electronic Messaging,” issued on December 14, 2019, focuses on the use and maintenance of electronic communications for business purposes. The purpose of the alert is to remind advisers of their obligations related to personal use of electronic messaging and the requirements for … Continued

SEC OCIE Issues 2019 Examination Priorities

Well ahead of the New Year, the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced its 2019 examination priorities. In keeping with OCIE’s four “pillars” of promoting compliance, preventing fraud, identifying and monitoring risk, and informing policy, the Dec. 20 release provides a preview of key areas where OCIE intends to focus its limited … Continued

Highlights of 2018: Predictions for 2019

Our annual year-end review covers investment adviser compliance highlights from 2018, and makes 2019 predictions. We will highlight enforcement actions and SEC risk alerts for retail advisers, private fund managers, and institutional wealth managers. Using these as road markers, our predictions are designed to lead reasonable and effective compliance program development. Evaluate 2018 Compliance and … Continued

A New View of How Technology Will Change the Emerging Crytpo-Economy

From the top of the world, it’s amazing what you can see.  I recently had the opportunity to travel to the United Arab Emirates to speak in Dubai at the 7th Edition of the Alternative Investment Management Summit. While I was there, I took a few moments to ride to the top of the Burj … Continued

SEC Retail Investor Focus Turns Towards Registered Investment Companies

Earlier this year when the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced its 2018 examination priorities, OCIE stated that a core priority was to protect retail investors, including seniors and individuals saving for retirement. OCIE is now continuing this effort by focusing on mutual funds and exchanged-traded funds (together, the “Funds”) as the … Continued

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