GRC Solutions for Bank Asset Managers

We provide bank asset management groups engaged in trust, custody, and investment management activities with risk, compliance and internal audit consulting services leveraging techniques used by banking regulators and industry leaders. ACA specializes in asset management, and its true value and competitive advantage is the breadth and depth of expertise at all levels of the firm including prior regulatory experience at agencies like the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), Department of Labor (DOL) and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

Our solutions

We help internal audit departments maintain their stature and credibility within their organizations by lending our experienced consultants to execute audit plans, including required annual fiduciary reviews. Our solutions fit any phase of the audit process including planning, fieldwork, wrap-up and reporting. We also support first- and second-line risk and compliance professionals by helping them efficiently and effectively manage fiduciary risk.

Risk Advisory

ACA supports first and second line risk and compliance professionals by helping them efficiently and effectively manage fiduciary risk. Risk advisory consulting engagements include policy development, risk and control reviews and gap analysis, regulatory issue remediation (MRAs), control testing, and more. ACA’s services and level of involvement can be tailored to our clients’ needs.

Internal Audit

ACA’s expertise in asset management is a valuable resource for Chief Audit Executives (CAE) who engage our firm to:

  • Comply with fiduciary audit requirements
  • Verify the completeness of their auditable entities
  • Assess the reasonableness of risk ratings and annual plans
  • Plan, execute, wrap-up or report on internal audits through co-sourcing or outsourcing arrangements
  • Train internal staff to transfer more audit work to in-house resources
Compliance
  • 12 CFR 9
  • Regulation R
  • Servicemember Civil Relief Act
  • Military Lending Act
  • Bank Secrecy Act
  • OFAC
  • Identity Theft Red Flag Monitoring
  • Privacy rules and regulations
  • Investment Company Act for SIDDs
  • Other federal and state banking standards
Trust Operations
  • Custody
  • Transaction processing
  • Trade settlement
  • Reconciliations
  • Pricing
  • Income collection
  • Disbursements
  • Cault controls
Investment Management
  • Post-acceptance and annual reviews
  • Investment policy
  • Asset allocation
  • Subadvisor due diligence and monitoring
  • Best execution
  • Valuations
  • Performance calculation and reporting
  • Alternative investments
Collective Investment Funds
  • Administration
  • Operations
  • Investment management
  • Compliance
Trust Administration
  • Pre-acceptance reviews
  • Account administration
  • Unique assets
Conflicts Management and Disclosures
  • Trading
  • Fee arrangements
  • Affiliate transactions
  • Soft dollars
Other Services
  • Retail nondeposit investment sales program
  • Municipal Advisor Act compliance
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and risk
  • Robo-advising & digital wealth advising
  • Third-party risk management/ vendor management
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Latest insights

SEC to Investment Advisers: Cybersecurity Must Be a Comprehensive, Continually Evolving Program

July 15, 2021

This was the topic of discussion between the SEC’s Keith Cassidy, Head of the SEC’s Technology and Controls Program, and ACA Aponix® partner Mike Pappacena, during ACA’s spring conference. They discussed why the threat of a cyber-attack is so acute for investment advisers, how they can best protect themselves and their clients, and what the SEC expects from investment advisers’ cyber programs. Here are some highlights from their conversation.

Cyber Alert
  • Cybersecurity

ACA Group Hires New Chief Commercial Officer Aimee Egan

July 14, 2021

ACA Group (ACA) today announced that Aimee Egan has joined the firm to lead all go-to-market functions (including Sales & Marketing) in a newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer. Aimee will join ACA’s executive leadership team and will oversee the execution of ACA’s growth plan.

Press Release
  • ACA News
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Active Supply-Chain Ransomware Attack Against Kaseya VSA

July 02, 2021

Kaseya has warned of an active attack against a number of its customers using Kaseya’s VSA remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform. The attackers are using the platform to deliver REvil ransomware to systems, demanding $44,999 in funds to reclaim access to data.

Cyber Alert
  • Cybersecurity

FinCEN Issues AML Priorities

July 02, 2021

FinCEN published its first government-wide priorities for AML on June 30, 2021. The priorities are intended to assist financial institutions in their efforts to meet obligations under regulations designed to combat money laundering and counter terrorist financing.

Compliance Alert
  • AML and Financial Crime
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Majority of Firms in Breach of Transaction Reporting Requirements

July 01, 2021

Data from a Freedom of Information Request to the FCA has revealed that firms are either transaction reporting incorrectly or not adhering to the MiFIR requirement to monitor their reporting using submission data made available to them by the FCA.

Press Release
  • Compliance
  • Trade & Transaction
  • ACA News
  • FCA
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PrintNightmare: Windows Zero-Day Vulnerability Detected

July 01, 2021

A Windows vulnerability was detected that can enable bad actors to potentially take control of an affected system. Find out how to protect your systems.

Cyber Alert
  • Cybersecurity

News

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).

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