GRC Compliance Consulting Services

Strengthen your compliance program with our global team of compliance professionals.

Compliance teams need continuous support and knowledge sharing to stay on top of global regulatory initiatives. Our team helps you to navigate the evolving regulatory landscape while considering the complexity of your firm’s unique compliance requirements.

Our solutions

Our award-winning compliance advisory services provide firms with tailored support and practical solutions for staying on top of your regulatory obligations.

The registration or application process can seem lengthy, overwhelming, and daunting. We can simplify the process with our SEC, FINRA, CFTC and NFA, and state registration as well as FCA authorization support services. Or if you are launching a new investment management firm, or extending an existing venture, we also offer regulatory hosting through ACA Mirabella

As new rules and regulations are adopted and the regulatory landscape evolves your compliance manual must keep pace or risk leaving your firm exposed.

Our team can assist you with developing and maintaining your compliance manual, policies, and procedures for a range of topical challenges.

Our review services look under the hood of your compliance program to ensure the policies and procedures you’ve set are up to date and appropriate for your firm. We can provide Mock SEC, FINRA, and NFA Exams, as well as FCA Mock Audits, in-depth analysis of your firm’s FCA RegData returns, and your Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP). 

Inspection Support Services

The SEC targets registered investment advisers both domestically and across the globe for inspections as part of its risk-focused exam strategy. When you are selected to be examined our team can assist your firm before, during, and after the exam by reviewing and organizing requested documents, assisting with deficiency letter response writing, and more.

Gain more time in your day by outsourcing day-to-day compliance tasks that slow you down. Our team can support you with electronic communication reviews, online presence/social media reviews, holistic surveillance, marketing and advertising and financial promotion reviews, AML-KYC/CIP support, expert network chaperoning, regulatory filings, and more. 

As the regulatory framework becomes ever more complex, the requirement for training and enhanced staff knowledge and competencies becomes more important. Keep up to date on key regulatory and industry issues with in-person employee compliance training led by our consulting team.

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Packaged compliance solutions

The compliance consulting needs of your firm are unique. Our packaged solutions provide scalable options to receive the best of our consulting, technology, and managed services.

Comprehensive C3 Solution®

Our Comprehensive Customized Compliance (C3) Solution is a full-service package of compliance advisory solutions including: SEC examination support, annual compliance training, an annual subscription to ComplianceAlpha® to streamline your compliance processes, unlimited phone support, annual mock exam and compliance program review, on-call review of compliance documents, marketing and advertising material reviews, compliance manual updates, periodic electronic communication reviews, ongoing form ADV and Form PF reviews, annual PFRD administration, IARD administration, access to our extensive document library, and more.

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Compliance Cornerstone™ + Solution

Our Compliance Cornerstone+ solution offers investment advisers unlimited consultation, access to ACA’s library of compliance documents, and assistance with a customized annual compliance review. In addition, we assist clients in preparing and submitting their annual Form ADV filing.

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Compliance Cornerstone™ Solution

Our Compliance Cornerstone solution offers investment advisers unlimited consultation, access to ACA’s library of compliance documents, and assistance with a high-level off-site compliance review. In addition, we assist clients in preparing and submitting their annual Form ADV filing.

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Comprehensive C3 Solution®

ACA’s Comprehensive Customised Compliance (C3)  is our core level retailed
compliance assurance service for European based firms, providing comprehensive compliance advice and assurance. The offering features compliance framework establishment and maintenance, regulatory inspection, filings and prudential support, training, semi-annual on-site reviews and on-going support with unlimited telephone and email support as the backbone. Optional bolt on services are also available.

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Compliance Retained Services: Foundation

Designed as ACA’s elementary level compliance assurance service, ACA Foundation focusses on the implementation of a comprehensive compliance framework, an annual compliance programme review, training and with a set level of telephone and email support. Optional bolt on services are also available.

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ACA's Compliance Leaders Network

Keep pace with the evolving scope of the compliance function, solve key leadership and management challenges, and feel confident in your decisions. ACA’s Compliance Leaders Network (C-LEAD) is a membership-based group of compliance thought leaders, backed by ACA’s dedicated research and analytics team and staff of experienced consultants. Join our exclusive network of leading professionals. 

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Why work with us?

Our team includes former SEC, FINRA, FCA, NFA, CFTC, and state regulators along with former along with former Chief Compliance Officers and senior compliance managers from prominent financial institutions. We offer a deep understanding of the regulatory landscape and the holistic use of technology to maximize efficiencies and provide true value. With ACA, you can feel confident knowing that your consultants have the relevant and current regulatory and in-house expertise to support you through every step of the process.

Our leadership team

Joshua Broaded

Joshua Broaded

Partner, Co-Head Regulatory Compliance

Joshua Broaded, CFA, is a Partner and Co-Head of ACA’s Regulatory Compliance practice in the United States.

Carlo di Florio

Carlo di Florio

Chief Services Officer

Carlo di Florio is the Global Chief Services Officer of ACA Group.

Adam Palmer

Adam Palmer

Partner, European Regulatory Compliance

Adam Palmer is a London based partner, and head of our European Regulatory Compliance practice.

Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Partner, Co-Head Regulatory Compliance

Dan Smith, CFA, is a Partner and Co-Head of ACA's Regulatory Compliance practice in the United States.

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News

ACA Group Selected as a RegTech100 Company for 2022

ACA is delighted to be counted among the 100 most innovative RegTech companies in the financial industry.

ACA Group Named Best Regulatory Consultancy - North America by RegTech Insight

ACA is honored to be voted Best Regulatory Consultancy - North America in the RegTech Insight Awards 2021 USA.

ACA Group and Foreside to Join Forces

The merger will bring together two of the industry’s most well-respected GRC solutions providers. ACA and Foreside together will be positioned to transform the future of GRC, creating a world-class platform for the financial services industry.

Upcoming events

Compliance Induction - 18 January 2022

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”.

Online Training

Money Laundering Reporting Officer: The Role and Responsibilities - 2 February 2022

The role of the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) is a mandatory position in all firms in the Financial Services Industry. This reflects the statutory objective that the Regulator(s) have for ensuring that firms behave with “Integrity”, particularly relating to financial crime prevention. The MLRO therefore plays a significant role in assisting Senior management to ensure that systems and controls relating to anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the risk of terrorist financing (CTF) are appropriate and effective. This course provides practical advice and guidance on the responsibilities of the MLRO, what is expected by the Regulators, both of the Senior Management and the MLRO, and how those responsibilities can be achieved. It should be noted that attendance at this course does assume a good knowledge of the UK’s AML/CTF regulations.

Online Training