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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

Protecting Your Business from All Angles: Announcing ACA Aponix's 2017 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Theme

September 27, 2017

Cyber incidents can have devastating effects on business of all sizes.

Cyber Alert
  • Cybersecurity

OCIE Publishes Marketing Risk Alert

September 25, 2017

On September 14, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert related to Rule 206(4)-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advertising Rule”). The risk alert highlights the compliance issues most commonly noted by the SEC’s examination staff as part of a recent “Touting Initiative.” That initiative, which consisted of reviews of approximately 70 investment advisers, focused on the use of “accolades” in advertising.

Compliance Alert
  • Compliance

5 Things Investment Advisers Need to Know about Regulatory Investment in Trade Surveillance

September 20, 2017

The SEC has demonstrated ongoing commitment to developing its technological capabilities for detecting financial crimes is impacting investment advisers across the industry. Here are 5 things investment advisers need to know.

Article
  • Regulatory Technology

MiFID II for Asset Managers: Communications Record Keeping

August 14, 2017

Communications record keeping obligations which include phone taping, are likely to prove particularly challenging when it comes to the cost of compliance and complexity of systems requirements.

Compliance Alert
  • Compliance

5 Ways to Meet Regulators' Expectations Regarding Electronic Communications

July 20, 2017

The electronic communication mediums that investment advisers use to conduct business continue to evolve, posing a challenge to the compliance community’s ability to retain and adequately supervise

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  • Compliance

ACA and Ashland: Why We’re Excited to be the Best GIPS Compliance Verification and Performance Team in the World

May 26, 2017

Earlier this month, ACA announced that it is set to acquire Ashland Partners & Company, LLP's GIPS compliance verification and performance practice. When this transaction closes in June, ACA Performance Services will offer the most experienced team of GIPS compliance verifiers in the world, servicing over 1,000 clients annually, including 49% of the top 100 managers of institutional assets worldwide (as determined by Pensions & Investments magazine).

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  • Performance

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).

Online Training

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”.

Online Training