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ACA Spotlight Blog

Compliance, risk, and technology insights and alerts

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ACA's experienced compliance, risk, and technology professionals regularly provide insights on industry news, trends, and best practices. Our blog now consolidates all ACA compliance alerts, thought leadership articles, white papers, cybersecurity alerts, and results from ACA surveys to help you find the information you need more quickly and easily. 

For ACA compliance alerts prior to March 2019, see our News Archive.

Brexit and the FCA's Temporary Permissions Regime
Compliance Alert - FCA
April 2, 2019

With the UK government’s desperate attempts to achieve a Brexit settlement having reached a crescendo, the FCA continues to make preparations for the worst case no-deal scenario. There appears still to be some uncertainty about who the regime applies to. This alert updates our previous alert on the same topic, with the objective of providing certainty to our clients on the current position.

The SEC encourages transfer agents to review and strengthen policies, procedures and controls
Thought Leadership
March 28, 2019

On February 13, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ( OCIE) issued a Risk Alert highlighting the concerns and issues associated with certain types of transfer agents (“TAs”) that also serve as paying agents. While the Risk Alert is aimed at certain operational and regulatory requirements, compliance professionals within the mutual fund industry should also consider how certain areas identified by OCIE are compared to their mutual fund company’s in-house or third-party TA and/or sub-transfer agent(s).

Board Oversight of Cybersecurity
White Paper
March 28, 2019

ACA Compliance Group and ACA Aponix are please to present their newest white paper, Board Oversight of Cybersecurity...In Search of the Rosetta Stone.

SEC OCIE To Launch Cybersecurity Initiative Focused on M&A
Cyber Alert
March 27, 2019

Missed the 2019 Mutual Fund and Investment Management Conference? ACA's Jim Pappas shares his observations from the keynote session which featured a speaker from the SEC. 

ACA Professional Skills Academy Miami 2019
Thought Leadership
March 26, 2019

Soft skills are increasingly becoming the hard skills of today's workforce, which is why we’re excited to introduce the ACA Professional Skills Academy at ACA’s Spring 2019 Compliance and Performance Conference in Miami, Florida. Join ACA for the half-day workshop focused on developing your professional “presence” and improving the productivity, efficiency, and fun of corporate meetings.

Why Financial Services Firms Must Prepare for the CCPA
Thought Leadership
March 25, 2019

ACA's Alex Scheinman discusses why financial services firms should prepare for CCPA compliance and develop a compliance roadmap.

Spring 2019 Alternative Fund Manager Survey
Survey
March 22, 2019

Are you interested in what frequently asked compliance questions your peers have raised or have wondered about? Participate in our Alternative Fund Manager Survey.

ACA M&A case study
Case Study
March 20, 2019

This case study explains how a large cap private equity firm utilized ACA's M&A diligence and advisory services to assess the quality and sophistication of the target’s core IT software and systems.

Survey
March 20, 2019

We invite you to participate in our second Liquidity Risk Management Program Rule Survey. We understand there is a continued need for transparency and insight into the various ways mutual funds, investment advisers, and sub-advisers are approaching the liquidity risk management program rule. By participating in this survey, you can help us identify trends in how firms are complying with, or getting ready to comply with the rule. Results will be presented later this spring so you can implement some of the most common practices at your firm.

ACA Spring Conference 2019 Miami
Thought Leadership
March 19, 2019

In less than two months, hundreds of compliance and performance professionals will be arriving in Miami for ACA’s Spring 2019 Compliance and Performance Conference. This year’s event will mark the fifth anniversary of ACA’s performance track, focused exclusively on issues related to performance measurement and the GIPS standards.

Addressing the Rising Cost of Non-Compliance with RegTech
Thought Leadership
March 19, 2019

ACA's Burt Esrig illustrates how regulators' advances in tech are supporting their ever-broadening scope of responsibility, resulting in increased enforcement actions and fines. In this landscape, RegTech is no longer a "nice to have" for investment firms, but an imperative.

The SEC’s Busy February for Registered Investment Companies
Thought Leadership
March 18, 2019

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and its staff have been busy since the end of the recent partial government shutdown. While there is certainly much work behind the scenes we do not get to see, there is plenty of public work that registered investment companies should note. For instance, the following matters occurred during the last two weeks of February