GRC Solutions for Bank Asset Managers

We provide bank asset management groups engaged in trust, custody, and investment management activities with risk, compliance and internal audit consulting services leveraging techniques used by banking regulators and industry leaders. ACA specializes in asset management, and its true value and competitive advantage is the breadth and depth of expertise at all levels of the firm including prior regulatory experience at agencies like the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), Department of Labor (DOL) and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

Our solutions

We help internal audit departments maintain their stature and credibility within their organizations by lending our experienced consultants to execute audit plans, including required annual fiduciary reviews. Our solutions fit any phase of the audit process including planning, fieldwork, wrap-up and reporting. We also support first- and second-line risk and compliance professionals by helping them efficiently and effectively manage fiduciary risk.

Risk Advisory

ACA supports first and second line risk and compliance professionals by helping them efficiently and effectively manage fiduciary risk. Risk advisory consulting engagements include policy development, risk and control reviews and gap analysis, regulatory issue remediation (MRAs), control testing, and more. ACA’s services and level of involvement can be tailored to our clients’ needs.

Internal Audit

ACA’s expertise in asset management is a valuable resource for Chief Audit Executives (CAE) who engage our firm to:

  • Comply with fiduciary audit requirements
  • Verify the completeness of their auditable entities
  • Assess the reasonableness of risk ratings and annual plans
  • Plan, execute, wrap-up or report on internal audits through co-sourcing or outsourcing arrangements
  • Train internal staff to transfer more audit work to in-house resources
Compliance
  • 12 CFR 9
  • Regulation R
  • Servicemember Civil Relief Act
  • Military Lending Act
  • Bank Secrecy Act
  • OFAC
  • Identity Theft Red Flag Monitoring
  • Privacy rules and regulations
  • Investment Company Act for SIDDs
  • Other federal and state banking standards
Trust Operations
  • Custody
  • Transaction processing
  • Trade settlement
  • Reconciliations
  • Pricing
  • Income collection
  • Disbursements
  • Cault controls
Investment Management
  • Post-acceptance and annual reviews
  • Investment policy
  • Asset allocation
  • Subadvisor due diligence and monitoring
  • Best execution
  • Valuations
  • Performance calculation and reporting
  • Alternative investments
Collective Investment Funds
  • Administration
  • Operations
  • Investment management
  • Compliance
Trust Administration
  • Pre-acceptance reviews
  • Account administration
  • Unique assets
Conflicts Management and Disclosures
  • Trading
  • Fee arrangements
  • Affiliate transactions
  • Soft dollars
Other Services
  • Retail nondeposit investment sales program
  • Municipal Advisor Act compliance
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and risk
  • Robo-advising & digital wealth advising
  • Third-party risk management/ vendor management
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Q&A: Understanding the new Remuneration Rules under the UK’s Investment Firms Prudential Regime

The UK’s Investment Firms Prudential Regime (“IFPR”) comes into force in less than 50 working days. Its more prescriptive approach to remuneration introduces new complications and challenges for firms. This essential Q&A helps you better understand your remuneration rule requirements.

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Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) FAQs

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FCA Warn of 'Tough, Assertive Approach’ to Brexit TPR Landing Slot Authorisations

The FCA recently warned of "a tough, assertive approach" to financial services firms wishing to continue to operate in the UK post the Brexit Temporary Permissions Regime. Learn more about why this leaves firms at risk of being prevented from initiating further regulated activity in the UK.

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SEC Chairman Gensler Signals an Increase in Scrutiny & Regulation of Private Markets Fund Industry

SEC Chariman Gary Gensler recently signaled increased scrutiny of private markets fund managers. He honed in on the significant increase in the private equity and venture capital fund industry over the last 5 years.

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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.

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Q4 2021 Regulatory Reporting Deadlines

Regulatory filing submission deadlines for the SEC, CFTC/NFA, and FCA/ESMA occurring from October through December 2021.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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