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

AML Update for Investment Advisers

June 18, 2021

The 2015 FinCEN Proposal and several other financial crime risks make AML relevant for investment advisers and all other participants in the securities and financial industry. This update summarizes key developments in the AML space during the first half of 2021 and how they may impact your firm.

Compliance Alert
  • AML and Financial Crime
  • Compliance
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Juneteenth – A Time to Reflect

June 18, 2021

Juneteenth, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day – These are all names for the day we recognize that a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas finally learned that they were free from the institution of slavery - June 19, 1865. What makes this day so significant is that this was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln, a constant reminder that significant change can unfortunately take time.

News
  • ACA News
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New Research Shows That 97% of Firms are Reporting Incorrectly Under MiFIR/EMIR

June 17, 2021

Recent research and analysis shows 97% of reports under MIFIR/EMIR contain inaccuracies, on average each report has 30 separate error types. But worryingly, despite this, 87% of firms are confident in the quality of their reports. On the anniversary of EMIR REFIT, data quality is still poor

Press Release
  • Compliance
  • Trade & Transaction
  • Managed Services
  • ACA News

White Paper: Compliance Considerations for SPAC Sponsors

June 17, 2021

In our newest white paper, we explore the many operational and compliance concerns asset managers should keep in mind when sponsoring a SPAC.

Report
  • Compliance

ACA Group Enhances Compliance Team with New Hires: Former CCOs, Attorneys, and Regulators

June 16, 2021

To best serve the unique and evolving needs of our clients, ACA is adding a number of outstanding professionals to our investment adviser compliance practice. In the past few months, we have made several notable additions to the team to help us to continue to operate at the forefront of the compliance industry.

Press Release
  • Compliance
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ACA Group joins United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment

June 15, 2021

Reinforcing our commitment to work towards implementing ESG considerations in the global investment processes and a more sustainable financial system, we have become a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

Press Release
  • ESG
  • Compliance
  • ACA News

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