Compliance Insights and Alerts

Compliance teams are constantly challenged to keep pace with ever-evolving regulatory change while navigating the pressures of geopolitical threats, economic crises, and third-party risks. Uncertain times require a nimble approach to achieve compliance and address business priorities in new ways to enable innovation and growth while minimizing risk.

As the global regulation continues to change, it's key that you keep up to speed with latest developments. Here we capture the latest compliance trends, industry insights, risk alerts, and events.

Report

Key Trends and Forces Shaping Risk and Compliance Management in 2021

2020 saw interrelated shifts and changes on a scale not seen since The Great Depression: global economic turmoil, supply chain disruptions, and increased cyber and regulatory threats, among others. At ACA, we call this phenomenon RiskMutation.

In this report, ACA's Carlo di Florio analyzes the financial industry trends and broader forces impacting risk and compliance management in 2021. The report also explores the concerns, pain points, and focus areas of risk and compliance leaders from hundreds of firms polled by ACA.

Download the report to learn what you need to know to stay ahead of the curve and successfully navigate RiskMutation as it happens.

Latest insights and alerts

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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  • Trade & Transaction
  • Compliance
Compliance Alert

Q2 2021 Regulatory Reporting Deadlines

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

Compliance Alert
  • Compliance
  • 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.

Compliance Alert
  • Compliance

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
Compliance Alert

SEC Turns Watchful Eye on ESG

A recent flurry of activity from the (SEC has made it crystal clear that ESG will be a top priority in the near and long term.

Compliance Alert
  • ESG
  • Compliance
  • SEC
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FCA Confirms Dates for Cessation of Panel Submissions For All LIBOR Settings

With the FCA confirming dates for the cessation of panel submissions for LIBOR settings, the markets have received some much-needed clarity on fast-approaching deadlines around the transition away from LIBOR. We examine what firms must do next.

Compliance Alert
  • Compliance

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