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Due Diligence for Advisers & Sub-Advisers

In an April 2003 speech by Lori Richards, the then-director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations mentioned one area where she believed some less-than-meticulous care has been given: the supervision of service providers and in particular, sub-advisers.

Getting Smart About Cyber

When it comes to managing cybersecurity risk, investment advisers are in a tough position. As the frequency and variety of cybersecurity risks mount, IT budgets and staffing do not always follow suit. Compliance and IT professionals are often asked to do more with less, which can seem overwhelming given an ever-expanding list of regulatory and business requirements as well as increased scrutiny of firms’ cybersecurity controls by third parties.

Why Should a Big Hedge Fund Use a Compliance Consultant?

If your firm isn’t already using an outside consultant, you may want to ask yourself “why not?” Oftentimes at hedge funds, compliance officers struggle to successfully fulfill the requirements of the job without an essential tool in their toolbox: the outside compliance consultant. Why? The primary reason is simple: resources.

How to Build an Effective Service Provider Oversight Program in Three Easy Steps

As the investment management industry becomes more consumer-focused, individual investors are pressing advisers for more innovative products and a personalized client experience. Further, the growth of passive strategies has created fee pressure across the spectrum, leading to contracting margins.1 Outsourcing certain critical functions can be an effective tool for advisers looking to focus on more strategic goals.

SEC Reporting Modernization Ready with CSS

SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization arrives in June 2018, but the work has to start now. Our comprehensive solution informed by our extensive experience, allows you to become Reporting Modernization ready in good time, improving data flow and quality across your company and between your stakeholders while implementing best practice to enhance your relationship with the SEC.

PRIIPs Compliance with CSS

The Packaged Retail Investment and Insurance‐based Products (PRIIPs) regime arrives in January 2018, creating an entiely new framework for a broad range of retail investment products, the centrepiece of which is a Key Information Document (KID). Our comprehensive solution allows you to become PRIIPs ready in good time, organising the collection of key data and calculations, the production and hosting of your KID, and the exchange of information between you and your stakeholders throughout the manufacturing and distribution chain.

MiFID II Compliance with CSS

Firms across the breadth of the investment management and distribution landscape have faced a new and onerous set of challenges since January 2018 when MiFID II came into force. Our suite of products help you to reach MiFID II compliance while ensuring that you can continue to sell your funds and service your clients without interruption, whatever your place in the fund and investment management chain.


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