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Why an Integrated Approach to RegTech is Key

At CSS, creating a strategic approach to regulatory obligations is in our DNA. It’s the very reason the company was created. The advantages are numerous; investment managers who opt for a strategic response to regulation often choose a vendor partner who can create reporting efficiencies and offer broad expertise. In addition, a strategic response often … Continued

10 Rules for Marketing Alternative Funds

When it comes to managers of alternative assets, it seems there’s a bit of a trust problem. According to a recent CFA Institute survey, for example, trust in hedge funds was 59% while trust in other alternative investment managers was only 60% among institutional investors. Those numbers come in far below institutional investors’ trust in mainstream managers, which … Continued

Data Breach Prevention and Response

According to the Investment Firm of the Future, a report published by CFA Institute earlier this year, 24% of the organization’s members rated cybersecurity as their firm’s top technology priority. With the myriad challenges facing investment professionals in 2018, that’s a striking number. What to do? E.J. Yerzak, Director of Cyber IT Services for Ascendant Compliance … Continued

The Regulatory Road, Part II: The Path Less Traveled

Investment managers often choose between a tactical or strategic approach to regulation. Tactical responders typically handle each new regulation separately, while strategic firms take a more holistic approach to compliance. Firms that choose a strategic response where all reporting is handled by a centralized team or single vendor see increased efficiency, simplified workflows, and a … Continued

The Regulatory Road, Part 1: Strategic vs. Tactical

A strategic approach to regulation in the investment industry is frequently championed in financial news articles and blogs. The majority of these missives urge investment firms to reconsider the traditional, tactical approach to compliance that results in a web of vendors and responses to regulatory reporting requirements. Firms that respond tactically to regulation handle each … Continued

How Do You Supervise for SEC Pay-to-Play Violations?

If you wanted more information about the contours of the SEC’s Pay-to-Play Rule, or how the SEC may enforce it, three recent Settlement Orders against large investment advisers for “over de minimis” political contributions provide some insight regarding one of the prohibitions: Contributions by Covered Associates to certain Government Officials over the specified Exception amount (capitalized words are terms in the … Continued

Upcoming ComplianceCast™: The Compliance Professionals Guide to Effective Trade Desk Monitoring

Global regulators continue to enhance their ability to monitor the activities of market participants through a combination of new rules, filing requirements, and upgrades to surveillance technologies. As a result, many market participants, including both buy- and sell-side firms, need to re-assess how they currently monitor the trading desk, and whether new policies and procedures are needed to effectively manage reputational risk and avoid costly fines.

Hamilton Lane Announces Successful Form ADV Filing Through Consensus

Leading alternative investment management firm Hamilton Lane recently announced that it successfully filed its Form ADV using Compliance Solutions Strategies’ Consensus platform. “Consensus simplified our Form ADV reporting process,” Hamilton Lane Chief Compliance Officer Fred Shaw said in a press release marking the announcement. “We leveraged the platform’s automated data upload functionality to report efficiently … Continued


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