AML and Financial Crimes

Address financial crimes-related threats and regulatory concerns with our team of former regulators and auditors.

Our AML and Financial Crimes practice offers advisory services and solutions to assist financial services firms in addressing financial crimes-related threats and regulatory concerns. Specific areas include AML, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Anti-Bribery, and cybersecurity services.

Our solutions

Consulting
  • AML program independent testing and risk management
  • Development of AML and KYC/CDD policies and procedures 
  • FCPA and anti-bribery risk management, and development of policies and procedures 
  • Cybersecurity
Managed Services
  • KYC/CIP full-Service solution
  • KYC/CDD assistance
  • Securities trading suspicious activity surveillance
  • Electronic communication surveillance for bribery, insider trading, and other financial crimes
Technology + Managed Services

Our AML KYC/CIP technology + managed services solution combines our ComplianceAlpha® regulatory technology platform with our on-demand managed services to help your firm meet its data screening, ongoing monitoring, remediation, and reporting needs.

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Latest insights

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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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

Urgent Update for Apple iOS

Apple has issued urgent updates for its iPhone, iPad, and iWatch devices. According to Apple, these updates patch a discovered “cross site scripting” vulnerability that allows bad actors to inject malicious code into web pages. The code could be enabled when users access these pages using browsers on Apple devices. This vulnerability may already have been exploited.

Cyber Alert
  • Cybersecurity

New Marketing Rule - SEC Staff Confirms All or None Early Adoption Approach

The SEC issued an FAQ officially confirming what has been informally communicated by Division of Investment Management staff, which is that investment advisers may not implement the new Marketing Rule until they are prepared to comply with it in its entirety. Note that this includes both the rules around traditional advertisements and the new requirements for solicitation arrangements.

Compliance Alert
  • SEC Advertising Rule

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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News

Russell Investments Selects ACA Group’s ComplianceAlpha to Modernize Their Risk and Compliance Program from a Single Platform

Russell Invesments has selected ACA's ComplianceAlpha® to help modernize and streamline their compliance program.

We Are Now ACA Group

This week, ACA Compliance Group made the move to ACA Group, better known to our clients and industry partners as ACA.

Five Reasons to Attend ACA Regulatory Horizon 2021 | Navigating Evolving Risks

There is just one week to go until Regulatory Horizon 2021 | Navigating Evolving Risks, our free-to-attend European based conference for financial services firms is running from 2-4 March. We outline five reasons why this event is worth adding to your calendar.

Upcoming 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