ComplianceCasts™

Effective Compliance Policies & Procedures and Annual Reviews: Meeting the Reasonably Designed Standards

Investment Advisers must perform an annual evaluation of the effectiveness of their compliance program. This starts with ensuring, maintaining and implementing reasonably designed policies and procedures. This ComplianceCast webinar covers the recent regulatory changes that may trigger a need to reevaluate your present policies. Who Conducts and How to Conduct the Annual Review Planning and … Continued

Preparing for SFTR Reporting: A Breakdown of the Guidelines

Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (SFTR) reporting is rapidly taking shape as firms prepare to report with a phased in approach from April 2020. The latest milestone is the publication of ESMA’s draft SFTR Reporting Guidelines in late May. These extensive draft guidelines are subject to a consultation period but even in their current state will … Continued

The Importance of Effective ADV Disclosure: Staying Ahead of the Regulators

This ComplianceCast will discuss how firms can mitigate risk by having effective disclosure in their Form ADV Brochure. Our panelists will be CSS Ascendant Senior Consultant Ariana Monchick and Jessica Matelis, Partner at Foley & Lardner and former Senior Counsel at the SEC Division of Enforcement. They will discuss: Required disclosures The types of conflicts … Continued

SEC and FINRA 2019 Examination Priorities

The SEC and FINRA have recently released their examination priorities for 2019. These releases provide insight into regulatory priorities and serve as guidance for a firm in evaluating its compliance program.

Compliance Considerations for Dual Registrants

In this CCast, we’ll cover the following: An examination of the current regulatory environment, including an overview of the SEC’s best interest rule proposal. Consider FINRA’s approach to Risk Management and how this parallels the SEC approach for investment advisers Identify cross over information, overlaps and new issues for Dual Registrants (such as insider trading, … Continued

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 … Continued

The Cost of Compliance: Understanding and Leveraging Resources

For compliance officers, obtaining the necessary tools and resources to build an effective compliance program can be costly and difficult to implement. How do you distinguish the best in class, the most cost-efficient and effective for use in your program? In this ComplianceCast, speakers David Porteous of Faegre Baker Daniels and Korrine Kohm of Ascendant … Continued

Standards of Business Conduct: Personal Trading and Beyond

One of the most important assets a firm can possess is a sterling reputation, and maintaining such a reputation involves proactive attention. While most firms address standards of business conduct in their Codes of Ethics, it’s important to periodically reassess and update them. By incorporating technology, firms can mitigate reputational risk and maximize efficiency throughout … Continued

Performance Advertising and Fees disclosures: Best practices for SEC and GIPS compliance

The advertisement of investment performance is a critical risk area for private investment fund managers in terms of regulatory compliance and for capital raising. Several recent SEC enforcement cases have highlighted the importance of adequately disclosing fee practices and other conflicts of interest to fund investors in advertisements and investor reports, and of adequately reporting … Continued

Getting Smart about Cybersecurity

Most firms have addressed cybersecurity in one aspect or another, thinking a few access controls and anti-virus programs are the silver bullet. However very few firms have a holistic cyber program in place, often lacking in high-risk areas while having an excess of controls in others, wasting time and resources that should be spent elsewhere. … Continued

Insurance Considerations for Investment Advisers

How much coverage is enough? What types of insurance policies do you need? Whether you are starting an investment advisory practice, launching a new line of business, or reevaluating your existing risks, there are critical questions to ask to make sure you understand the various ways to protect your firm. Join us for a practical … Continued


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