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.
Compliance teams need continuous support and knowledge sharing to stay on top of regulatory initiatives. Our team helps Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) registrants and National Futures Association (NFA) members to streamline their business and operational processes and improve the quality and effectiveness of their compliance programs.
We provide compliance consulting and managed services to support futures brokerage firms, commodity trading advisors, and commodity pool operation managers with through every stage of their business from registration to policy development to ongoing support.
The registration or application process can seem lengthy, overwhelming, and daunting. We provide CFTC registration and NFA membership support to fund managers, trading advisors, and brokerage firms across the globe. Our team will guide you through the relevant steps in the registration process and assist with the development and implementation of your commodity interest-related compliance program.
Periodic testing of your firm’s governance and control arrangements, as well as its policies and procedures, is essential to help avoid the cost and reputational risk of future scrutiny and potential enforcement.
After completing our mock exam, your firm will: know how to prepare for its next NFA exam, be aware of potential deficiencies and corrective actions, and understand how your compliance program stacks up against your peers.
The NFA targets firms for inspections as part of its risk-focused exam strategy. When you are selected to be examined our team can assist your firm before, during, and after the exam by reviewing and organizing requested documents, assisting with deficiency letter response writing. Our team will prepare your firm for an inspection by the NFA’s examination staff by reviewing your firm’s compliance program from a regulator’s perspective.
As new rules and regulations are adopted and the regulatory landscape evolves your compliance manual must keep pace or risk leaving your firm exposed. Our team can assist you with a range of topical compliance challenges.
Gain more time in your day by outsourcing day-to-day compliance tasks that slow you down. Our team can support you with electronic communication reviews, online presence/social media reviews, holistic surveillance, marketing and advertising and financial promotion reviews, expert network chaperoning, regulatory filings, and more.
Latest insights from our NFA team
On September 16, 2021, the National Futures Association (“NFA”) issued a Notice to Members I-21-28 regarding changes to the definition of a branch office under NFA Interpretive Notice 9002. The rule was a response from the NFA in the recent trend in hybrid work environments as more employees are working from their homes.
On April 13, 2021, the NFA issued a Notice to Members regarding the recently adopted Compliance Rule 2-50 and Interpretative Notice 9080 requiring a CPO to file timely notices with the NFA when certain market events affect the ability of the commodity pool to fulfill its obligations to participants or counterparties, or result in the pool’s unplanned liquidation. Learn more in our recent compliance alert.
May is Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, and we are happy to celebrate with the launch of our Asian Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group!
ACA Mirabella are recognised as the hedge funds preferred provider, having once again been presented the title of Best Regulatory Hosting firm at the 2022 HFM European Services Awards. This is the seventh year in a row that ACA Mirabella has taken this title. Learn more about this win here.
New research reveals that confidence among financial services firms in the quality of their own transaction reporting is declining – down to 65% from 87% in 2021. This confirms concerns around inaccurate regulatory reporting leading to fears of undetected market abuse and an inability to monitor for systemic risks.
We will discuss how the 2022 SEC Examination Priorities, Risk Alerts and new proposed rules may impact your firm and your compliance program.
The regulator is clear, you and your team must review your competence and training needs regularly. This course is designed specifically to assist all staff in meeting and staying up to date with their statutory and regulatory obligations.