(LONDON, UK) 11 November 2014 - ACA Performance Services ("ACA Performance"), a division of ACA Compliance Group, is delighted to confirm Paul Blandford’s appointment as Managing Director.
Based in London, Mr. Blandford will provide a range of services, including ACA Performance’s Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) Verification and Independent Performance Review solutions, to investment managers in the UK and other European countries. Mr. Blandford is currently a member of CFA Institute's GIPS Standards Verification Subcommitee.
Prior to joining ACA, Mr. Blandford worked at KPMG as a Senior Manager and Service Leader for its UK GIPS compliance practice where he was responsible for overseeing the firm's GIPS standards verification engagements and ensuring quality of delivery. He led the firm's Global Centre of Excellence for its GIPS compliance practice and managed annual GIPS standards verifications for a large number of investment management firms. Mr. Blandford has also advised investment managers on numerous first time verification projects, both in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.
Prior to KPMG, Mr. Blandford spent over 10 years at PWC where he held the position of GIPS Standards and Controls Reporting Senior Manager, co-leading PWC's GIPS compliance practice in the UK.
Justin Guthrie, Managing Partner at ACA Performance Services, commented: "Paul's appointment and the expansion of our services to the UK marks an important step in ACA Performance's growth and development. This is a direct response to the increasing demand and interest in GIPS compliance - and fund performance services more generally - among investment firms across Europe, but primarily in the UK. Similar to the US, European firms increasingly require bespoke GIPS compliance consulting solutions and technical advice delivered by industry experts. Paul's wealth of GIPS compliance technical knowledge and experience means our European-based clients will benefit from expertise underpinned by exceptional service."
ACA Performance's GIPS Standards Verification, Independent Performance Review and related consulting services will be provided alongside ACA Compliance Group's FCA and SEC regulatory compliance consulting solutions, giving its clients unrivalled expertise in fund performance compliance.
Note: The GIPS standards are ethical standards used by investment managers for creating performance presentations that ensure fair representation and full disclosure. Global standardisation of investment performance reporting allows investors to compare investment managers and allows managers to compete for new business, especially in foreign markets.
About ACA Performance Services
ACA Performance Services, a division of ACA Compliance Group, offers GIPS standards verification and related services to investment managers across the globe. ACA Performance Services was formed in 2013 with the combination of the long-established ACA Beacon Verification Services and Vincent Performance Services (click to read the press release). Globally, ACA Performance Services is the largest team of GIPS compliance professionals solely dedicated to GIPS standards verification and related services. For more information regarding ACA Performance Services, contact Christie Horsman at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.acacompliancegroup.com/gips.
About ACA Compliance Group
ACA Compliance Group (ACA) is a global leader providing compliance, performance, and technology solutions to financial services firms. We offer regulatory compliance products and services, GIPS standards verifications, and technology solutions. Our clients include investment advisers, private fund managers, commodity trading advisors, investment companies, and broker-dealers around the globe.
Founded in 2002 by former US federal and state regulators, ACA delivers highest quality solutions with unquestionable integrity and unmatched dedication to clients. Today, ACA employees include former SEC, FINRA, FSA (FCA), NYSE, CFTC, NFA, and state regulators, as well as former senior managers and technologists from prominent financial institutions and other leading firms.
ACA is based in New York City and has offices in London, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other US cities.
For more information, please visit www.acacompliancegroup.com.
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