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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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GDPR: Expectations vs. Realities on the Regime’s Third Anniversary

May 25, 2021

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) reached its third-year anniversary on 25 May 2021. Three years after implementation, we speak with Alex Scheinman, Managing Director, ACA Aponix, about the impact of the regulation, how the COVID-19 global pandemic, Brexit and Schrems II influence the regime, and where data privacy rules will head next.

Compliance Alert
  • Compliance
  • Cybersecurity

Exam Priorities Spotlight: Focus on Private Equity and Real Estate Advisers

May 20, 2021

How can private equity and real estate advisers best prepare for regulatory exams in 2021? While we provided an overview of the 2021 Examination Priorities of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Examinations, advisers should consider whether they are prepared to respond to inquiries in the following areas.

Compliance Alert
  • Compliance
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FINRA Addresses Customer Account Takeovers (ATOs); Firms Advised on Protection Tactics 

May 20, 2021

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued a regulatory notice in response to a noticed increase in customer account takeovers (ATOs). During these ATOs, bad actors compromise account information, gain unlawful entry into customer online brokerage accounts, make fraudulent transactions, siphon out funds, and commit other crimes. Similarly, bad actors have increasingly been using simulated identities to open online accounts, and unlawfully access funds and data. FINRA’s regulatory notice summarizes the observations of 20 firms of various business models and sizes on the subject.

Cyber Alert
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Protecting the Enterprise Server: After the SolarWinds®/Microsoft® Exchange® Hacks

May 19, 2021

The SolarWinds breach and the Microsoft Exchange server breach are striking, both in the extent and the breadth of their damage. The damage is ongoing; as part of the attack pattern, backdoor malware designed to give the attackers persistent access to the compromised organizations has been planted for future criminal activity. The recent executive order on cybersecurity testifies to the severity of the problem and the need for a centralized, proactive response. Learn what patterns we have observed and the mitigating strategies we recommend.

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Brexit: What’s Next for Financial Services Firms?

May 19, 2021

The lack of significant Brexit rules currently governing financial services creates some confusion and challenges for firms. We've developed a free to download whitepaper that examines a range of scenarios for how firms with a UK- and EEA-based presence might structure their business in a post-Brexit world

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  • Brexit
  • Compliance
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Performance Record Portability

May 19, 2021

How is performance impacted when a firm is acquired, a portfolio management team leaves, or when the firm’s legal structure changes?

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  • Performance
  • M&A Diligence

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