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Regulators continue to increase their focus on a firm’s capital monitoring and forecasting, and regulatory reporting processes. In turn, investment management and advisory organisations continue to seek expertise in regulatory oversight.
In addition, the Investment Firm Prudential Regime (IFPR) came into force for all UK MiFID investment firms on 1 January 2022. First developed by the European Union (EU) and subsequently refined by the FCA, the proposed new prudential rules introduce more complex and onerous capital, liquidity, reporting and governance requirements for affected firms.
ACA's experienced prudential team are on hand with a wide range of solutions designed to help make your regulatory reporting obligations as simplified and seamless as possible.
13 Key Considerations for Successful Implementation
The Investment Firm Prudential Regime (IFPR) directly impacts any group that owns an FCA authorised firm that provides MiFID investment services and activities -
Download our checklist to find out top tips to make sure you have addressed your obligations.
If you are an organisations that makes discretionary investment management decisions (outside the scope of the AIFMD), you must conduct an assessment of regulatory capital held. The rules oblige your firm to:
- Implement a formal Internal Capital and Risk Assessment ("ICARA") that is an expression of confidence that capital held is commensurate with risks faced.
- Challenge the process annually or event-driven basis.
We can assist you with the preparation of the written ICARA Report by:
- Quantifying the risk appetite and identifying major sources of risks
- Documenting risk mitigation and the control environment
- Quantifying capital requirements
- Preparing financial forecasts and stress testing scenarios
- Creating a wind-down plan
Preparing and completing the regulatory reporting that organisations must give to regulators can be time-consuming and resource-intensive. Our prudential specialists have extensive experience with executing on this type of reporting in key jurisdictions, including the US, UK and Malta. Hundreds of financial services firms over that time have trusted ACA to file this important information.
We can assist your firm by:
- Providing integrated regulatory advice to principals and Head Office, as required
- Forecasting prudential resources and robust capital planning
- Preparing and filing regulatory returns on systems provided by supervisors, including RegData in the UK reporting (all financial and prudential data items)
However simple or complex your firm’s transparency reporting needs are, our regulatory and reporting team can help ease the burden of this requirement. Our transparency reporting solutions include:
- Ad hoc advice on discrete questions relating to portfolio data or Directive interpretation
- The review and/or challenge of in-house or administrator prepared filings
- Full “managed service” outsourcing for EEA and non-EEA AIFMs required to report to national regulators.
Under the new rules, many firms have been hit with requirements to maintain significantly greater levels of capital.
Our prudential team are on hand to help you:
Understand the new rules
Implement the changes
Address your regulatory reporting obligations
We have pulled together in-house expertise to produce an ICARA focused training session, designed to help simplify this complicated key risk management process. By attending this this new training course, you will learn more how to approach the ICARA process, including business strategy, stress testing, recovery, and wind-down planning.
The FCA recently announced a proposal to broaden retail access to Long-Term Asset Fund (“LTAF”). But what is an LTAF? Does anyone actually want one? Or is this just a regulatory anagram for FLAT?
Regulatory expectations around firms’ trade surveillance programmes is rising, thanks in large part to the advent of Supervisory Technology (SupTech). The US SEC and the UK FCA are now ingesting significant volumes of transaction data every day, and are monitoring that data for potential market abuse very effectively. Is it time for firms to put more focus on this area to avoid being caught short?
What are the key developments across the FCA and SEC regulatory regimes, which items should feature as priorities on your “to-do” list for the next twelve months, and how should firms respond to increased surveillance by regulators around the world?
- SEC Marketing Rule
We examine the challenges set to face firms over the next twelve months, including ESG, equivalence vs. divergence, the new world of work, transaction reporting, market surveillance, cyberthreat trends, the SEC’s new marketing rule, post-COVID recovery, the future of regulatory hosting, as well as FCA and SEC priorities.
- SEC Marketing Rule
UK regulators and governing bodies recently published a coordinated approach for regulatory initiatives and a revised pipeline for financial services regulation over the next 24 months. We outline what these changes mean for firms, and what they need to plan for in the coming months to be sure to stay in line with regulatory expectations.
Financial services firms face a bumpy ride in 2022, as the tectonic plates of regulatory change shift again within a rapidly evolving operating environment. Download our complimentary whitepaper to identify your GRC gaps before the regulator does:
- AML and Financial Crime
- eComms Surveillance
- Managed Services
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ACA has announced their launch of a dedicated outsourced chief compliance officer (OCCO) practice for the financial services industry.