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

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

July 29, 2021

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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96% of Firms Unprepared for the FCA’s New Prudential Regime

July 28, 2021

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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A Spotlight on the United Nations Climate Change conference, COP26

July 22, 2021

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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Post-Brexit FAQs - FCA Authorisation and Compliance for EEA Firms in the TPR

July 21, 2021

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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Q3 2021 Regulatory Reporting Deadlines

July 20, 2021

Regulatory filing submission deadlines for the SEC, CFTC/NFA, and ESMA occurring from July through September 2021

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EU Cross Border Fund Distribution Directive and Regulation - Raises More Questions than it Answers?

July 15, 2021

Marketing rules have traditionally taken a jurisdictional rather than EU wide harmonious approach. With new cross border distribution rules coming into play on 2 August 2021, we examine the impact on AIFs and UCITS funds.

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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.

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.

ACA's Regulatory Reporting Monitoring & Assurance (ARRMA) service winner of the 2021 HFM European Technology Awards

Within a year of launching, ACA Group is delighted to announce that our ACA Regulatory Reporting Monitoring & Assurance (ARRMA) service has been selected as Best Regulatory Reporting Solution in the 2021 HFM European Technology Awards.

Upcoming 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).

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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”.

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