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January 18, 2019

As the government shutdown continues and uncertainty abounds, firms may be at a greater risk.

Potential Risks for Banks Using Third-Party Broker-Dealers
January 7, 2019

Third-party risk management is a key priority for banking regulators like the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”). Every one of the many thousands of service providers a bank may use exposes them to different levels of risk - some of which can be serious and costly. This is why banking regulators are requiring strong, risk-based due diligence and ongoing monitoring before and after a third party is hired. Roy Kim explains what you need to know.

One year on: MiFID II continues to challenge
January 3, 2019

As of today, 3 January, the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) has been live for a year. However, firms – and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – are continuing to encounter challenges around the implementation of this significant package of changes.

SFC's FMCC Five Important Next Steps
December 18, 2018

The deadline of November 18, 2018, has now passed for the SFC FMCC. As with many regulatory change projects, implementation is no longer “the end” of the road, rather, it is a beginning of sorts. And so it is for Hong Kong’s fund management community and the new code of conduct. With the regulation now in force, there are a number of activities firms should undertake to ensure ongoing compliance with regulatory expectations.

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December 13, 2018

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is increasing its focus on market abuse at buy-side firms with new publications, activities and potential enforcement actions, according to panellists at an ACA Compliance Group (Europe) briefing held in London in mid-November.

Checklist for CCOs
November 29, 2018

With the holiday season here and year-end looming, the pressure is mounting to cross those final compliance to-do’s off the list and finish the year strong. We’ve developed the following checklist to help guide you through the key areas to consider as you head into 2019.

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November 28, 2018

The year-end brings with it regulation changes and increased demands that last throughout the first quarter of the year. It’s all too easy for many compliance tasks to take a back seat due to lack of staff and bandwidth. Compliance officers and managers need the assurance that they can start 2019 off on the right foot and still have the resources available to fulfill both their regulatory obligations and their fiduciary duty to clients on a daily basis. 

Brexit: the impact on your marketing and distribution activities
November 21, 2018

With four months to go until the United Kingdom’s anticipated exit of the European Union, the world braces itself for the final ‘divorce’ arrangements to be agreed, and to understand the subsequent consequences of those decisions.  With questions still unanswered on how Brexit will impact investment firms, we examine possible marketing and distribution issues post-Brexit.

November 5, 2018

As the 2018 finish line approaches, it is necessary to start looking ahead to how you want to shape your compliance program for the coming year. Last week, we discussed how to build the foundation of your budgeting process. This week, we asked the many former regulators and CCOs on ACA’s staff for their perspective on the most crucial components of building a compliance budget.

October 31, 2018

As year-end nears, compliance teams are beginning to plan for 2019. To assist with the annual budgeting process, ACA has compiled the following information to help firms stretch limited resources and keep pace with the regulatory developments shaping next year’s compliance efforts.

October 24, 2018

In early 2017, the SEC approved rule-change proposals establishing continued listing standards for passively and actively managed exchange-traded products. More specifically, the rules require ETP issuers and managers to adopt new monitoring and oversight protocols to ensure continued compliance with the applicable listing standards. In the event an ETP falls out of compliance with the standards, the Manager must promptly notify the appropriate Exchange.