Articles

April 2, 2018

During the first quarter of 2018, U.S. regulatory agencies and a federal district court issued statements and took actions that are likely to significantly affect the U.S. regulatory landscape for digital assets, including cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings, and digital asset trading platforms. This article is intended to serve as a summary of the recent key regulatory developments that apply to organizations operating in the U.S. digital asset space.

January 25, 2018

The following written by ACA's Danielle Joseph and Manny Halberstam appeared in the January 25, 2018 edition of The Hedge Fund Law Report.

January 17, 2018

On January 10, 2018, the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Investment Management released answers to 15 questions regarding its October 2016 liquidity risk management program rule. The SEC staff’s guidance, addressed here in part, focused on sub-advisers and In-Kind exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) (as defined in the rule).

December 22, 2017

The following article appeared in the December 2017 of NSCP's Currents Newsletter. It was written by ACA's Michael Abbriano.

November 30, 2017

The following article appeared in the November 2017 issue of the National Society of Compliance Professionals' monthly newsletter Currents. It was written by ACA's Mark W. Lawler.

October 12, 2017

While the fourth quarter is often the busiest one for regulatory filings and fulfilling other compliance obligations, hedge fund managers should ensure that their compliance programs finish the year on a strong note and that key compliance processes are not neglected.

October 6, 2017

The following article was featured in the September 2017 edition of Financier Worldwide. It was written by ACA's Jami Jack and Ken Harman.

It is hardly surprising that European technology investment has grown tremendously over the past few years, given the fresh wave of innovative start-ups coming on the scene each month. As a consequence, Europe is now home to a host of mature yet fast-growing technology businesses, such as Auto1, blablacar, Klarna, iZettle and SumUp. 

September 27, 2017
Protecting Your Business from All Angles —  Preventing a Cyber Incident from the Top-Down and Inside-Out

Cyber incidents can have devastating effects on business of all sizes. A breach or malware attack could cripple business operations, lead to financial losses, expose sensitive data, and cause reputational damage.

September 12, 2017

Following the SEC’s recent commentary on Initial Coin Offerings, some investment adviser firm employees will now need to report the personal trades they make in certain types of virtual currency tokens.

On July 25, 2017, the SEC issued a series of releases in which the agency articulated, for the first time, its view that virtual currency tokens offered or sold as part of an Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”) may constitute “securities” and that certain types of ICOs are therefore subject to the federal securities laws.

July 20, 2017

The following article, written by ACA's Danielle Joseph and Anne Wallace, appeared in the Hedge Fund Law Report on July 20, 2017.

May 8, 2017

The best methodology for calculating and presenting investment performance can be a tricky proposition. The choice will depend on the audience (prospect / current investor) and also what exactly the firm is trying to convey.  In fact, we have seen a slight uptick in interest for showing multiple performance streams. Below, we will explore the two most popular methods for calculating and presenting performance and what they mean for both prospective and current clients.

May 8, 2017

At the 20th Annual GIPS Standards Conference, back in October 2016, Carl Bacon, chair of the GIPS Executive Committee, and Jonathan Boersma, Executive Director, GIPS, at CFA Institute, provided some insight into the next edition of the GIPS standards, currently being referred to as GIPS 20/20. 

May 3, 2017

The Guidance Statement on Broadly Distributed Pooled Funds was officially approved on March 13, 2017. The following are highlights of what is included, and what changed from the original drafting.

February 15, 2017

The Global Investment Performance Standards (“GIPS®”) are a set of voluntary, ethical standards developed by CFA Institute in partnership with other organizations worldwide.  The creation of the GIPS standards was spurred by a need for prospective investors to be able to make meaningful comparisons of investment performance across multiple managers, for any given strategy.  As acceptance of the GIPS standards continues to spread globally, adoption remains especially strong in the United States.  Managers that are registered with the U.S.