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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.

Conference
Join us for 3 days of carefully curated sessions that will focus on how GRC professionals can reimagine, innovate, and strengthen their programs using the latest industry insights, peer perspectives, and best practices.

On-Demand Webcast
Watch our recent webcast with K&L Gates for a detailed explanation of the specific performance requirements of the new Marketing Rule, how they differ from prior no-action letters, and what steps a firm should take now in order to be ready by the deadline.

Report
ACA's Carlo di Florio discusses the financial industry trends and broader forces impacting risk and compliance management in the year ahead and what risk and compliance leaders need to know to stay ahead of the curve.

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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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Solution Spotlight

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

ESMA final report recommends expansion of transaction reporting regime to AIFMS and UCITS Management Companies

ESMA has published a final report assessing the functioning of the Transaction Reporting regime under Article 26 of the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (“MiFIR”). Among a number of proposed changes perhaps the most impactful is the recommendation that UCITS management companies and AIFMs that are providing one or more MiFID services (i.e., Collective Portfolio Management or ‘CPMI’ firms) should be subject to transaction reporting

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  • Compliance
Compliance Alert

Q2 2021 Regulatory Reporting Deadlines

Here we summarize the regulatory filing submission deadlines occurring from April through June 2021.

Compliance Alert
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  • Regulatory Deadlines
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SEC Increases Focus on Digital Assets

On February 26, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Examinations released a Risk Alert highlighting areas of concern found in its examinations of investment advisers and broker-dealers investing and dealing in digital assets that are securities. We believe that these recent Division observations highlight the SEC’s interest in Digital Asset Securities and are a precursor to additional scrutiny in these areas.

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Urgent Update for Apple iOS

Apple has issued urgent updates for its iPhone, iPad, and iWatch devices. According to Apple, these updates patch a discovered “cross site scripting” vulnerability that allows bad actors to inject malicious code into web pages. The code could be enabled when users access these pages using browsers on Apple devices. This vulnerability may already have been exploited.

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New Marketing Rule - SEC Staff Confirms All or None Early Adoption Approach

The SEC issued an FAQ officially confirming what has been informally communicated by Division of Investment Management staff, which is that investment advisers may not implement the new Marketing Rule until they are prepared to comply with it in its entirety. Note that this includes both the rules around traditional advertisements and the new requirements for solicitation arrangements.

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The New Marketing Rule’s Impact on the Presentation of Performance

The long-awaited modernization of the Marketing Rule was added to the Federal Register on March 5, 2021. Not only does the final marketing rule consolidate the advertising and cash solicitation rules, it also (among other things) categorizes certain considerations for presenting investment performance, effectively streamlining guidance currently found across multiple staff letters.

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  • SEC Advertising Rule
  • Performance
  • Compliance

News

Russell Investments Selects ACA Group’s ComplianceAlpha to Modernize Their Risk and Compliance Program from a Single Platform

Russell Invesments has selected ACA's ComplianceAlpha® to help modernize and streamline their compliance program.

We Are Now ACA Group

This week, ACA Compliance Group made the move to ACA Group, better known to our clients and industry partners as ACA.

Five Reasons to Attend ACA Regulatory Horizon 2021 | Navigating Evolving Risks

There is just one week to go until Regulatory Horizon 2021 | Navigating Evolving Risks, our free-to-attend European based conference for financial services firms is running from 2-4 March. We outline five reasons why this event is worth adding to your calendar.

Upcoming events

Compliance Induction - 14 April 2021

This course is designed to assist Senior Management to embed a compliance ethos in the individual and a strong compliance culture throughout the firm.

Online Training

Money Laundering Reporting Officer: The Role and Responsibilities - 12 May 2021

The role of the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) is a mandatory position in all firms in the Financial Services Industry. This reflects the statutory objective that the Regulator(s) have for ensuring that firms behave with “Integrity”, particularly relating to financial crime prevention. The MLRO therefore plays a significant role in assisting Senior management to ensure that systems and controls relating to anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the risk of terrorist financing (CTF) are appropriate and effective. This course provides practical advice and guidance on the responsibilities of the MLRO, what is expected by the Regulators, both of the Senior Management and the MLRO, and how those responsibilities can be achieved. It should be noted that attendance at this course does assume a good knowledge of the UK’s AML/CTF regulations.

Online Training

Compliance Officer: The Role and Responsibilities - 13 May 2021

The role of the Compliance Officer is a mandatory position in all firms in the Financial Services Industry. They play a major role in assisting Senior Management to ensure that appropriate and effective systems and controls are in place to achieve and maintain compliance with the applicable Rules. While the nature of the Compliance Function is likely to differ from one firm to another, this course provides an easy to follow breakdown of what the Regulator expects of a Compliance Officer and explains, in practical terms how the regulatory expectations and those of Senior Management can be achieved.

Online Training