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SFC FMCC 5 Key Steps to Compliance
July 16, 2018

Investment management firms with operations in Hong Kong must turn its attention to the new Securities & Futures Commission (SFC) Fund Manager Code of Conduct (FMCC), which comes into force in four months. The package of new rules will apply to anyone licensed to carry out asset management regulated activity in Hong Kong. Here are five key steps to reach compliance with the SFC’s new FMCC.

July 13, 2018

Recently, ACA’s Mike Seery and Brian Roberts hosted a live webcast discussing recent developments in the regulation of digital assets, and how investment advisers’ compliance programs can adapt to manage related risks. During the webcast, we received several interesting questions from the audience. This post provides Mike and Brian’s take on a few of the most commonly asked questions.

June 26, 2018

A GIPS®-compliant presentation contains a number of required statistics. One such metric is the internal dispersion of individual portfolios within a composite.

June 20, 2018

This case study details how a large OCIO management firm and a large managed account platform firm, each with a large number of clients that invests in hedge funds through separately managed accounts (SMA), implemented ACA's NorthPoint Data Management Solutions Data Warehouse and Security Master modules to address the need for drill-through transparency into the constiutent investments of these funds.

June 19, 2018

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force on 25 May 2018 after a last-minute scramble by organisations across the globe to establish their privacy programs and update privacy notices. Now that your firm has (hopefully) built its GDPR compliance program, what should you be doing to ensure ongoing compliance with the regulation?

June 18, 2018

In its 2018-19 business plan, the FCA make it one of its cross-sector priorities to finalise the rules and extend the Senior Managers & Certification Regime to all FCA-authorised firms. This blog outlines the current regulatory thinking in this area and what firms should be doing to prepare themselves for the looming changes.

June 13, 2018

As of June 1, 2018, registered investment companies are required to file Form N-CEN with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on an annual basis. This new form replaces the semi-annual census reporting on Form N-SAR and must be filed within 75 days of a fund’s fiscal year end (with an exception for unit investment trusts, which must file within 75 days of calendar year end).

June 7, 2018

Portability refers to the ability of a GIPS®-compliant firm to present a track record that was achieved at another firm. When one firm hires a portfolio manager, there is usually a desire to market the portfolio manager’s track record while employed at the prior firm.

June 5, 2018

We're pleased to announce that ACA Compliance Group ("ACA") is nominated for several categories in the Waters Rankings 2018.

May 31, 2018

In 2002, the Sarbanes Oxley Act was enacted to augment the regulation of accounting and disclosures for public companies. This was in direct relation to aggressive accounting methods, the technology bubble, and other instances of corporate malfeasance.

May 25, 2018

Summer is finally here! With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start to summer it’s time to take a break, but in the compliance industry it’s not as simple as turning on your “out of office” and walking out the door. Compliance officers and managers need the assurance that they can leave the office and still have the resources available to fulfill both their regulatory obligations and their fiduciary duty to clients.

May 17, 2018

The GIPS® Technical Committee recently released three new GIPS Q&A’s that are all effective as of April 18, 2018.

May 1, 2018

Hedge funds and hedge fund advisers that need to file Form PF on a quarterly basis may already know the challenges they face. This blog post summarizes what additional information you need as a quarterly filer to help you prepare for the next submission deadline.

April 26, 2018

Consultant database reporting is an important business consideration for many investment management firms. The databases serve as a gateway for investment managers to reach institutional and retail assets alike. A recent trend in the industry is that of increased due diligence. The top databases are increasingly requiring firms to comply with the GIPS® standards or receive an independent third-party certification of the track record.