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.

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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

Compliance Alert

2021 Investment Management Compliance Testing Survey

April 26, 2021

ACA Group, the Investment Adviser Association, and Yuter Compliance Consulting invite you to participate in the 2021 Investment Management Compliance Testing Survey. This survey, now in its 16th year, gathers anonymous information from U.S. investment advisers of all types and sizes for the purpose of reporting on industry trends.

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  • Compliance
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SEC Keeps ESG Momentum with Release of Risk Alert

April 14, 2021

On Friday, April 8, 2021, the SEC’s Division of Examinations issued a Risk Alert for ESG Investing, putting an exclamation point on ESG being a top priority for the Commission.

Compliance Alert
  • ESG
  • Compliance
  • SEC

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

April 08, 2021

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

Article
  • Trade & Transaction
  • Compliance
Compliance Alert

Q2 2021 Regulatory Reporting Deadlines

April 06, 2021

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

April 05, 2021

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

March 22, 2021

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

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