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ACA Group: Reimagine GRC

ACA Compliance Group is now ACA Group. We are the leading governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) advisor in financial services.

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We recognize that the past year has been extremely challenging and trying for our employees. That's why we're giving employees one week of paid time o ff to Rest, Recharge, and Renew from July 5-9.

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Watch our demo of the latest innovations for ComplianceAlpha® , including new features and technology such as natural language processing (NLP) for marketing reviews and legal document tracking (side letters and NDAs), a new integrated eLearning solution, and more.

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The SEC’s new marketing rule is in effect and the compliance date is set for November 4, 2022. To help firms prepare for the compliance date, ACA released the “Guide to the Presentation of Performance Under the New SEC Marketing Rule”. 

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Scalable GRC solutions tailored to your business

We empower our clients to reimagine GRC and protect and grow their business. Our innovative approach integrates consulting, managed services, and our ComplianceAlpha® technology platform with the specialized expertise of former regulators and practitioners and our deep understanding of the global regulatory landscape.

Address financial crimes-related threats and regulatory concerns with our team of former regulators and auditors.

Strengthen your compliance program with our global team of compliance professionals.

Build cyber and operational resilience across your firm with our ACA Aponix® cybersecurity and technology risk experts.

Gain clarity on your firm’s ESG requirements and build a strong compliance program with our dedicated ESG advisory practice.

Maximize your firm’s time and efficiency with our technology-powered managed services.

Get your firm up and running quickly with our regulatory hosting support services in Europe.

Stay in compliance with the GIPS® standards and investment performance rules with the world’s largest team of GIPS standards verifiers.

Build a scalable and resilient compliance program with our ComplianceAlpha® regulatory technology  platform backed by managed services support.

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Tech-powered managed services

ComplianceAlpha® is our award-winning regulatory technology platform that integrates risk and compliance activities, automated surveillance, testing, dashboard reporting, analytics, and managed services. See why ComplianceAlpha is helping over 800 financial services firms worldwide build more scalable and resilient compliance programs.

Who we serve

Over 3,500 financial services firms trust us to help them protect and grow their business.

Money Managers

88%

Of the top 50 money managers, as noted in the ADV Ratings September 2020 ranking data

Hedge Fund Managers

85%

Of the top 100 hedge fund managers, as noted in the May 2020 edition of Hedge Fund Alert 

Private Equity Funds

84%

Of the top 100 private equity funds, as noted in the May 2020 PEI 300

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We understand your challenges and what you need to protect your business.

We’ve been in your shoes - when you work with us, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from working with the most trusted and experienced GRC advisor in the financial services industry.

Our team’s unique combination of talent includes the largest number of former regulators, compliance professionals, legal professionals, and GIPS standards verifiers in the industry, along with practitioners in cybersecurity, performance, ESG, and regulatory technology.

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We hold ourselves accountable for excellence in everything we do.

We derive immense pride from the quality of our work, the excellence of our client service, and the integrity of our team. We are committed to delivering quality, high-touch service and solutions tailored to your business.

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We have our finger on the pulse of today's evolving risk and regulatory environment.

Our unique perspective is informed by the insights, trends, and benchmarking data gathered from over 3,500 GRC clients.

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We can grow with you as your business grows.

Our innovative approach integrates expert consulting, on-demand managed services, and cutting-edge technology to help our clients build scalable and demonstrable compliance programs.

Latest insights

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FCA Clears the Way for Potentially Greater UK SPAC Issuance

August 05, 2021

With a growing European SPACs market and the UK's goal to make London more attractive to compete with other markets around the world, we outline key considerations for firms ahead of new SPACs listing rules coming into force on 10 August in the UK

Compliance Alert
  • Compliance
  • Brexit
  • Managed Services
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Achieving Differentiated Support for Private Equity Firms

August 04, 2021

Fundraising and compliance challenges are expected to increase for private equity firms in the second half of 2021 into 2022. We speak with Private Equity Wire about why support that blends practical and regulatory advice is becoming critical.

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  • Compliance
  • ComplianceAlpha
  • ESG
  • Cybersecurity
  • Regulatory Technology
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FINRA Amends Rules 5122 and 5123 Filing Requirements to Include Retail Communications that Promote or Recommend Private Placements

August 04, 2021

On July 15, 2021, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 21-26 to announce new amendments to Rules 5122 and 5123. Under the revisions, broker-dealers must file retail communications that promote or recommend private placement offerings subject to the rules’ filing requirements as of October 1, 2021.

Compliance Alert
  • Performance
  • Compliance

Client demand and regulation are driving trends behind OCIOs claiming GIPS compliance

August 03, 2021

ACA is continuing to see Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (“OCIO”) firms claim compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). Today, 38% of the top 50 OCIO firms by AUM claim compliance1. That is an 8% increase from 2020 to 2021 and the percentage is expected to grow by at least 10% from 2021 to 2022. In this article we look at the two main drivers behind OCIO firms ramping up quickly to claim compliance with GIPS.

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  • Performance
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Finding Leverage - How Debt Investors are Tackling the Challenge of ESG

August 03, 2021

With an abundance of optimistic growth projections centered around credit markets, 2021 is predicted to be a banner year for portfolios weighted in private debt. But just how easy is it to incorporate ESG criteria into a private debt portfolio?

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  • ESG
  • Compliance
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Firms Report Phishing Attempts That Impersonate Microsoft®

July 30, 2021

Multiple firms (including ACA) have reported recent receipt of phishing emails claiming to be from Microsoft. The emails are clearly spoofed. In this alert, we explain how to spot a phishing attempt.

Cyber Alert
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  • Phishing

News

96% of Firms Unprepared for the FCA’s New Prudential Regime

With less than six months to go until UK investment firms are subjected to a completely new prudential regime, a recent survey reveals that the industry is vastly underprepared. The data shows that just 4% of respondents are ready and capitalised for the FCA’s new Investment Firm Prudential Regime (IFPR) coming into effect in January 2022. Learn more about what this means for firms.

Waters Rankings 2021 Name ACA Group's ComplianceAlpha® Best Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Solution Provider

Our ComplianceAlpha® platform has been named Best Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Solution Provider in the Waters Rankings 2021.

ACA's Regulatory Reporting Monitoring & Assurance (ARRMA) service winner of the 2021 HFM European Technology Awards

Within a year of launching, ACA Group is delighted to announce that our ACA Regulatory Reporting Monitoring & Assurance (ARRMA) service has been selected as Best Regulatory Reporting Solution in the 2021 HFM European Technology Awards.

Upcoming events

Senior Management Obligations under the SM&CR - 11 August 2021

The ever-increasing focus by the Regulators on the accountability of senior management, particularly when things go wrong, emphasises how important it is for individuals in senior positions to have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. This succinct course is designed to assist Senior Managers to have a full understanding of what they need to do to achieve compliance with the rules under the obligations created by the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR).

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Compliance Induction - 17 August 2021

Senior management in Financial Services firms have a responsibility to ensure their employees have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the Regulatory environment they are working in. This knowledge helps in emphasising the need for compliance with policies and procedures in order to protect the firm and the individual from failing to “do the right thing”.

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