Performance Services

Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) compliance and investment performance services

We are the largest team in the world providing GIPS standards verification and related services.

Our team — comprised of more than 60 professionals with extensive performance experience — provides GIPS standards verification and consulting services to investment managers around the globe.

ACA works with 63% of the Top 100 Asset Managers

We have the largest market share of verified firms in P&I's Top 100 list.

(P&I top 100 list compared to the eVestment database as of 6/30/2021)

Our solutions

GIPS Compliance Services
  • Pre-Compliance Consulting: Expert advice needed to bring your firm into compliance with the GIPS standards
  • Firm-wide Verification: Independent review of your firm’s claim of GIPS compliance
  • Performance Examination: In addition to a firm-wide verification, a composite-specific review can be performed
  • 2020 GIPS Compliance Gap Analysis: Assistance in assessing the impact of the 2020 GIPS standards for your firm
Focused Performance Reviews
  • In-depth review of data, methodologies, records, controls, and disclosures to support calculating investment performance
  • Assistance with the execution of the firm's compliance program
  • Includes review of calculation methodologies for internal rate of return (IRR) for investments or funds in accordance with FINRA Regulatory Notice 20-21
  • Results in a summary report to management, including findings and recommendations, in accordance with regulatory requirements and industry leading practices
Performance Certifications
  • Review and examination of input data, methodologies, and assumptions used to support an investment performance track record
  • Provides assurance and lends credibility to the underlying track record
  • Results in customized performance certification report provided by ACA to the firm which may be used in marketing efforts
  • Visualize how outliers impact overall composite performance
  • Determine which composites are reasonable to pass on and which have issues that may need addressed before marketing performance
  • Establish procedures to monitor portfolio managers and financial advisors to ensure management of the portfolio is adhering to the stated strategy
  • Ensure any 'related performance' is not materially higher than that of a composite for the same strategy and in accordance with the SEC's new Marketing Rule
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Why work with us?

Focused Approach

Client feedback supports tailored focused approach to client service​

In-House Regulatory and Performance Experience

Ability to leverage in-house regulatory and performance experience

Quality Service Provider

Highly proven institutional quality service provider meeting the most stringent due diligence​

Dedicated Teams

Unique culture yields low turnover retaining dedicated, consistent teams year over year​

Unmatched Thought Leadership

Unmatched contribution to thought leadership and volunteer efforts with various industry associations

Proprietary Technology

Extensive investments in proprietary technology to optimize efficiencies in client workflow

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On demand webcast

The New Marketing Rule: A Focus on Performance

Join ACA and K&L Gates for a detailed explanation of the specific performance requirements of the new Marketing Rule, how they differ from prior no-action letters, and what steps a firm should take now in order to be ready by the deadline.

Our leadership team

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Karen Foley

Partner, Co-Head Performance Services

Karen co-heads ACA's performance services practice and is responsible for growing and developing the practice.

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Richard Kemmling

Partner, Co-Head Performance Services

Richard co-heads ACA's performance services practice and is responsible for growing and developing the practice.

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Christie Dillard

Partner

Christie oversees the sales department and all new-client onboarding for ACA’s performance services practice.

Chase Frei

Chase Frei

Partner

Chase provides oversight on ACA's GIPS standards verifications and other investment performance engagements for traditional and alternative investment managers.

Greg Hogan

Greg Hogan

Partner

Greg provides oversight on ACA's GIPS standards verifications, investment performance engagements, and service and delivery initiatives for the performance services practice.

Julia Reyes

Julia Reyes

Partner

Julia provides oversight on ACA's GIPS standards verifications, investment performance engagements, and thought leadership for the performance services practice.

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News

Michael Borts joins ACA Group as the new Chief Technology Officer

Michael Borts has joined the firm as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to lead ACA’s technology development, vision, and strategy. In his role, he will oversee all product development for ACA’s award-winning ComplianceAlpha® regulatory technology platform and technology enablement at the firm.

ACA Group Acquires Catelas to Create Industry-first 360 Surveillance Offering

The acquisition of Catelas further enhances the holistic surveillance capabilities of ACA’s RegTech platform. Catelas’ patented technology automates the mapping of how people connect and form groups within a firm, isolates collusion risk, and detects high-risk behaviors.

ACA Group and the Investment Adviser Association Announce Strategic Partnership

ACA Group (ACA), a leading provider of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) advisory services and technology solutions, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with the Investment Adviser Association (IAA), a leading organization dedicated to advancing the interests of investment advisers.

Upcoming events

Lessons Learned from 2021's Scariest Cyber Breaches

The dramatic increase in sophistication and global reach of cyber incidents in 2021 has led cybersecurity to be a growing concern for organizations of all sizes. Join us for the horrifying retelling of the scariest cyber incidents of the past year.

Webcast

Get Ready to Comply: SEC Marketing Rule Preparation Timeline

The compliance date for the SEC's New Marketing Rule is November 4, 2022. With 1 year to go, ACA’s team of experts have put together a suggested preparation timeline guide to help firms prepare to implement the changes necessary to comply.

Webcast

Senior Management Obligations under the SM&CR - 9 November 2021

The ever-increasing focus by the Regulators on the accountability of senior management, particularly when things go wrong, emphasises how important it is for individuals in senior positions to have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. This succinct course is designed to assist Senior Managers to have a full understanding of what they need to do to achieve compliance with the rules under the obligations created by the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR).

Online Training