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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How Do You Supervise for SEC Pay-to-Play Violations?

If you wanted more information about the contours of the SEC’s Pay-to-Play Rule, or how the SEC may enforce it, three recent Settlement Orders against large investment advisers for “over de minimis” political contributions provide some insight regarding one of the prohibitions: Contributions by Covered Associates to certain Government Officials over the specified Exception amount (capitalized words are terms in the … Continued

Do your Fund Documents Clearly Disclose Receipt of Accelerated Monitoring Fees?

Somewhat more reminiscent of the broken-windows enforcement era, two affiliated private equity advisers managing billions settled with the SEC on charges that they failed to make pre-commitment disclosures in fund governing documents related to accelerated fees received from portfolio companies. Interestingly, according to the Settlement Order, the advisers had made some disclosures in fund documents … Continued

With New Risk Alert, SEC Doubles Down on Best Execution

On July 11, 2018, the SEC issued a Risk Alert outlining commonly found compliance issues related to best execution by investment advisers. Advisers have an obligation to seek best execution of client transactions, taking into consideration quantitative factors such as execution quality and commission rate, as well as more qualitative factors such as the value … Continued

The Cost of Compliance: Understanding and Leveraging Resources

For compliance officers, obtaining the necessary tools and resources to build an effective compliance program can be costly and difficult to implement. How do you distinguish the best in class, the most cost-efficient and effective for use in your program? In this ComplianceCast, speakers David Porteous of Faegre Baker Daniels and Korrine Kohm of Ascendant … Continued

California Privacy Law Brings GDPR-Lite to the U.S.

New Act Will Give Consumers Rights to Access and Delete Their Data In what has become an ongoing race among states to have the toughest privacy regulation in the U.S., California has jumped to the front. On June 28, 2018, California’s legislature unanimously passed a privacy bill that was later signed by Governor Jerry Brown, … Continued

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