Compliance Program Development and Enhancement

Navigate the changing risk and compliance landscape

As new rules and regulations are adopted and the regulatory landscape evolves your compliance programme must keep pace or risk leaving your firm exposed.

Our solutions

In additional to ongoing compliance manual maintenance support, our team can assist you with a range of topical compliance challenges, including:

AIFMD Consulting & Support

Drafting of your documentation, policies, procedures and controls for AIFMD impacted EEA-based investment managers of alternative investment funds, and also non-EEA advisers who wish to market such funds into the EEA.

Stay on top of financial crimes-related threats and regulatory concerns with AML consulting support. We can support with independent testing and risk management, as well as, development of AML, KYC/CDD, FCPA and anti-bribery, and cybersecurity policies and procedures.

Updating of policies, procedures and compliance manuals for firms with a UK-based presence, reflecting new rules and regulations following the exit of the UK from the European Union.

Policy and procedure development and program management including carbon footprinting, climate risk scenario analysis, net-zero management, DEI baselining and training, portfolio performance assessment, reporting (UN PRI, TCFD, SFDR), and marketing and disclosures reviews.

FCA Marketing Abuse Regulation (MAR) Solutions

Focused and cost-effective assessment of your firm’s policies, procedures, monitoring program, surveillance techniques, and controls environment. We can also provide a deep-dive review, benchmarking, and testing of your firm’s market abuse arrangements.

LIBOR

Assistance in devising your LIBOR transition plans, assessing and reviewing your firm’s reliance and usage of LIBOR, or performing a gap analysis review of your transition work to date.

Our investment company team will help you to navigate the SEC’s liquidity risk management program rule through educational resources and alerts, benchmarking insight, help with program management and development of policies and procedures, annual assessments.

MiFID II Consulting & Support

Our post-implementation review is designed to review, test and benchmark your MiFID II program to identify gaps and reduce your regulatory risk.

Our prudential team are on-hand to help provide regulatory oversight of your firm’s capital monitoring and forecasting, and regulatory reporting processes. This includes support with the upcoming Investment Firms Prudential Regime (IFPR).

Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) and Form CRS

We can help broker-dealers understand the compliance and operational issues presented by Reg BI as they relate to their retail business. Our consultants can assist in designing customized procedures that will detail the steps needed to address Reg BI’s requirements as they relate to your firm.

SM&CR Compliance Solutions

Post-implementation reviews of your documentation, framework and internal process, gap analysis, as well as senior manager and conduct rule training.

Policy and procedure development and thematic project support to help make sure your trade and transaction reporting is in line with MiFID/MIFIR and EMIR regulatory requirements.

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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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Q2 2021 Regulatory Reporting Deadlines

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

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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