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Client demand and regulation are driving trends behind OCIOs claiming GIPS compliance

ACA is continuing to see Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (“OCIO”) firms claim compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). Today, 38% of the top 50 OCIO firms by AUM claim compliance1. That is an 8% increase from 2020 to 2021 and the percentage is expected to grow by at least 10% from 2021 to 2022. In this article we look at the two main drivers behind OCIO firms ramping up quickly to claim compliance with GIPS.

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  • Performance
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Finding Leverage - How Debt Investors are Tackling the Challenge of ESG

With an abundance of optimistic growth projections centered around credit markets, 2021 is predicted to be a banner year for portfolios weighted in private debt. But just how easy is it to incorporate ESG criteria into a private debt portfolio?

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  • ESG
  • Compliance
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Firms Report Phishing Attempts That Impersonate Microsoft®

Multiple firms (including ACA) have reported recent receipt of phishing emails claiming to be from Microsoft. The emails are clearly spoofed. In this alert, we explain how to spot a phishing attempt.

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  • Cybersecurity
  • Phishing
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FCA Business Plan 2021/2: A New Era in Financial Services Regulation in the UK?

The FCA’s Business Plan for 2021/22 is now live, reflecting a major shift in policy objectives and a top to bottom review of the FCA’s own objectives and priorities. We outline the key changes and challenges identified, and what they mean for firms.

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  • Compliance
  • ESG
  • FCA
  • Managed Services
  • Brexit
  • Mirabella
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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.

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  • Compliance
  • ACA News

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.

Press Release
  • Regulatory Technology
  • ACA News

Ransomware 101 Part 1: A Growing Threat to Financial Services Firms

Ransomware is an evolving and serious problem, particularly for financial services firms. In the first of a three-part blog series, we answer the question, “Why is ransomware a threat to my business?"

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  • Cybersecurity
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A Spotlight on the United Nations Climate Change conference, COP26

This year, heads of state, climate experts and campaigners will meet at the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference (COP26) to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change, but which developments are likely to be most important from the perspective of the financial services industry? And what does all this mean for firms in the future?

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  • ESG
  • Compliance
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Critical Security Flaw Discovered in Fortinet Security Products Require Upgrade

Remote attackers can exploit a flaw in Fortinet to gain unauthorized access to devices, and then exfiltrate data or perform other criminal activities from within the breached network.

Cyber Alert
  • Cybersecurity
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Post-Brexit FAQs - FCA Authorisation and Compliance for EEA Firms in the TPR

The FCA is now offering firms that signed up to the Temporary Permissions Regime a “landing slot” to apply for full authorisation. Firms that miss their slot risk losing their temporary permissions completely. Read our FAQ's to learn more about your requirements.

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  • Brexit
  • FCA
  • Compliance