Senior management in Financial Services firms have a responsibility to ensure their employees have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the Regulatory environment they are working in. This knowledge helps in emphasising the need for compliance with policies and procedures in order to protect the firm and the individual from failing to “do the right thing”.
The growth of the digital asset space in recent years has naturally led to the advent of “cryptocurrency hedge funds” and other investment management firms that make digital asset investments on behalf of their clients. As a result, digital assets including cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings, and other blockchain focused assets continue to be a focus area for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other regulators.
Our solutions are specifically designed to help firms align their advisory processes with regulatory requirements and the expectations of the SEC and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have brought new thinking to payments and financial inclusion, but they’ve also raised new issues of investor protection. If confirmed at the SEC, I will work to promote innovation.
Gary Gensler, SEC Chairman Nominee
We provide customized compliance solutions for advisers dedicated to managing digital assets, including cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings, and other blockchain focused assets.
ACA assists with:
- Preparing and filing Form ADV
- CFTC registration and NFA membership
- Developing customized compliance policies and procedures
- Developing compliance infrastructure
- Implementing customized compliance programs
- Form ADV reviews
- IARD filings with appropriate state and federal regulators
- Private Fund Reporting Depository administration services
- Form PF reasonableness review
- NFA Online Registration System ("ORS") assistance
- Policy and procedure development
- SEC inspection support services
- Marketing and advertising reviews
- Secondment and compliance staffing solutions, from single day to long-term secondments
- On- and off-site assistance with periodic and ongoing compliance tasks and activities
- Focused performance reviews
- Regulatory Reporting Platform
- Cybersecurity and technology risk assessments
- Trade surveillance
- Education and training
Our unique perspective is informed by our real-world experience, deep subject matter expertise, and extensive client network.
On February 26, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Examinations released a Risk Alert highlighting areas of concern found in its examinations of investment advisers and broker-dealers investing and dealing in digital assets that are securities. We believe that these recent Division observations highlight the SEC’s interest in Digital Asset Securities and are a precursor to additional scrutiny in these areas.
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management staff released a statement this week concerning registered funds, most notably mutual funds, investing in the Bitcoin futures market. The statement addressed both perceived investor risk when investing in a mutual fund with exposure to the Bitcoin futures market, as well as IM staff’s intended coordination with the Division of Examinations and the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis. Read our summary and analysis of the statement in our compliance alert.
The regulator is clear, you and your team must review your competence and training needs regularly. This course is designed specifically to assist all staff in meeting and staying up to date with their statutory and regulatory obligations.
Financial services providers that hold or control client money or assets must follow specific rules outlined in the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Clients Assets Sourcebook (CASS). This course is specifically designed to assist teams in dealing with client money audits and the client assets report, as well as helping them stay up to date with statutory and regulatory obligations in this complicated area.