Solutions

Best-in-class software and services, driven by innovative technology and field expertise.

Why CSS?

  • In an environment of decreasing margin driven by fee pressure and increasing regulatory compliance costs, the investment management industry needs to adopt a strategic approach
  • Compliance Solutions Strategies (CSS) is a global RegTech platform delivering a comprehensive suite of best-in-class solutions and services that speak to this strategic need
  • CSS is backed by CIP Capital, a specialist private equity firm focused on growth equity
  • Due diligence carried out on 200+ global solution providers to identify best-of-breed firms for each element of the CSS platform
  • CSS leadership team and advisory board with proven track record successfully building platforms in the asset management space
  • Platform executive teams add decades of experience in regulatory reporting, data management and compliance

Regulatory Reporting

Regulatory reporting and filing platform
  • Manage multiple forms and filings from a single platform
  • Strategic use of data via unified platform data model
  • Automated validations and compliance checks
  • Compare filings, manage workflows, and check approvals
  • Electronic timely submission of regulatory forms directly to regulator
  • Best practice team of regulatory attorneys and CFAs underpin the solution
  • Global coverage of the key investment advisor, mutual fund and private fund filings
Regulatory transaction reporting
  • T+1 regulatory reporting solution supporting EMIR (Article 9) and MiFID II art 26 – RTS 22
  • Fully integrated, end-to-end process providing connectivity to client source systems, trade repositories (Regis-TR & DTCC), ARM and competent authorities
  • Built to extract, normalize and format transaction and position data as specified by reporting

Regulatory Data Management

Accudelta: Regulatory Data Management
  • Identifying, sourcing, and enriching data
  • Combines workflow, rules and notification engine to ensure timely, complete, and accurate data
  • Full transparency and audit trail
  • Applicable to other business uses
Regulatory Data Exchange
  • Supports secure and permissioned exchange of industry-endorsed templates
  • Solvency II (TPT)
  • PRIIPs (EPT)
  • MiFID II (EMT)
  • Sales reporting and costs disclosures for pension trustees (DCPT/FVPT)

Compliance Services

Ascendant – Compliance Consulting
  • Independent Consultation for SEC Enforcement Proceedings
  • SEC Registration
  • Risk Assessment, Annual Reviews, and 206(4)-7 and 38a-1 Service
  • Mock SEC Exam Services
  • FINRA + Broker-Dealer Services
  • IT Risk Assessment / Cyber / GDPR
  • Continuing Education & Training
  • Policies & Procedures
Shield
  • Mock SEC Cybersecurity exams
  • Incident Response policy and test plan development
  • Phishing and social engineering training and simulations
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework implementation
  • Penetration testing and vulnerability scanning
  • InfoSec Policy manual customization
  • Ongoing consulting engagements
  • Pre-acquisition cyber due diligence
Compliance Technology Solutions
  • Compliance Program Manager
  • Policy & Procedures Management
  • Organizational Communication & Workflow
  • Compliance & Risk Testing
  • Reporting
  • Risk Management
  • Marketing & Advertising Review
  • Compliance & Risk Testing
  • Branch & Multi-Office Management
  • Employee & Adviser Management

Trade Monitoring & Analysis

Trade Compliance Analyzer
  • Post-trade compliance and data analytics platform
  • Detect, prioritize, and mitigate operational and compliance risks derived from trading activities
Trade & Transaction Reporting
  • Reporting across a range of regulatory directives targeting market transparency
  • MiFID I / MiFID II, EMIR, REMIT, FINFRAG, SFTR, Bank of Israel
Signal
  • Position limit monitoring
  • Substantial shareholder warnings and disclosure
  • Covering 89 jurisdictions and numerous exchanges
Longboat Analytics
  • Fund Focus – investment analytics
  • Fund Centre – Fact set solutions

SEC Retail Investor Focus Turns Towards Registered Investment Companies

Earlier this year when the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced its 2018 examination priorities, OCIE stated that a core priority was to protect retail investors, including seniors and individuals saving for retirement. OCIE is now continuing this effort by focusing on mutual funds and exchanged-traded funds (together, the “Funds”) as the … Continued

SEC Alerts Investment Advisers to Review Solicitor Arrangements

On October 31, OCIE issued a new Risk Alert for investment advisers with solicitor arrangements. The SEC periodically releases risk alerts to notify the industry of deficiencies they are finding during examinations, and this latest alert puts investment advisers with solicitor arrangements on notice to check their solicitor agreements, policies and procedures, and disclosure documents. … Continued

Pennsylvania Sounds Warning Bell Over Client Credentials and Custody

The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (PDOBS) has indicated in recent guidance two concerns related to investment advisers using client credentials to access a custodial account(s). In the letter dated September 25, 2018, PDOBS indicates that the use of client credentials may create custody and is considered to be a dishonest and unethical practice. … Continued