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FCA Provides AFMs Guidance and Warning on Authorised ESG and Sustainable Investment Funds

The FCA's recently issued a warning to AFMs firms to improve the quality and clarity of ESG/sustainable investment fund applications, providing guiding principles help funds comply with existing requirements. We outline what this means for firms.

Compliance Alert
  • ESG
  • Compliance

2021 Compliance Testing Survey: New SEC Marketing Rule Now Top Compliance Concern

Implementing the SEC’s new Marketing Rule for Investment Advisers is the number one worry for investment adviser compliance officers, according to the 2021 Investment Adviser Compliance Testing Survey. Advisory firms have until November 4, 2022 to come into full compliance with the rule.

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  • Compliance
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China Passes Data Privacy Law That Affects Chinese and Foreign Companies

The Personal Information Protection Law of the People's Republic of China is scheduled to go into effect on November 1, 2021. This new law affects all companies and other entities, both inside and outside of China, engaged with personal information about individuals residing in China.

Cyber Alert
  • Privacy
  • Cybersecurity
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Recent Institutional RFP Mandates Requiring GIPS Compliance of Alternative Investment Managers and OCIOs

Each quarter, we provide our feedback on recent institutional mandates related to compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®); how those mandates ask about the calculation and presentation of performance; and insight into the demand for compliance with the GIPS standards and how that demand is evolving over time.

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ACA’s Spring 2021 Virtual Conference: Key Takeaways and Trends

ACA’s Spring 2021 Virtual Conference was an opportunity for the regulatory compliance, performance, and cybersecurity community to come together and discuss the many changes of the past year and what the future of GRC looks like moving forward.

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  • Compliance
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  • ESG
  • GIPS Standards
  • Regulatory Technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Performance
  • Privacy
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SEC Sanctions Registered Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers for Cybersecurity Failures

The SEC announced that it sanctioned eight firms for failure to establish and implement cybersecurity policies and procedures. These failures resulted in multiple instances of criminal email account takeovers causing personally identifiable information from thousands of customers and clients to be exposed.

Cyber Alert
  • Cybersecurity
  • Compliance
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Key Takeaways from 1LoD’s Resilience, Cyber, and 3rd Party Risk Deep Dive Report

Industry analyst 1LoD recently hosted a two-day Deep Dive on operational resilience, cybersecurity, and third-party risk. Attendees represented financial institutions (75%), technology firms (13%), consultancies (11%), and regulators (1%) from around the world. Speakers featured experts in resilience and cybersecurity, including ACA Aponix® Partner Michael Pappacena. We recommend downloading the full report to get a sense for what your peers are doing, how your firm compares, what regulators expect, and what you need to do to build a stronger operational resilience program.

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  • Cybersecurity
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What Investment Advisers Need to Know about the SEC's Recent Insider Trading Case Focused on "Shadow Trading"

The SEC recently charged a former employee of a biopharmaceutical company with "shadow trading", a form of insider trading. Learn more about this case, compliance implications, and our advice on what advisers can do to protect themselves.

Compliance Alert
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  • Compliance
  • Trade Surveillance
  • Regulatory Technology
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August 2021 Broker-Dealer Newsletter

In our latest newsletter, we highlight important regulatory information for broker-dealers that occurred during Q1 and Q2.

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  • Compliance

ACA Group Continues to Enhance Compliance Team with New Hires: Former CCOs, Examiners, and General Counsels

ACA has recently welcomed several new members to our investment adviser practice, all of whom bring years of experience and skills to the team. These additions help us accommodate the developing regulatory landscape and meet our client’s specific needs.

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  • Compliance