Join ACA and K&L Gates for a detailed explanation of the specific performance requirements, how they differ from prior no-action letters, and what steps a firm should take now in order to be ready by the deadline.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) requires broker-dealers to “maintain a system to supervise the activities of their associated persons and to achieve compliance with securities laws and regulations and FINRA’s rules.”
Our broker-dealer division can help implement sound compliance and supervisory programs that address appropriate FINRA and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations. Our consultants have years of regulatory experience, professional designations, and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS) Certifications.
We understand that the size and nature of a broker-dealer can vary widely, from market maker, to Funding Portal (FP-BD), to upcoming Capital Acquisition Broker (CAB). As a result, we take a firm’s unique characteristics into account when designing, updating, and/or implementing compliance policies and procedures.
Our broad range of services for broker-dealers extend from guiding firms through all aspects of the initial registration to providing consultations on the implications of individual rule changes.
We have the regulatory expertise to assist with the initial broker-dealer FINRA and/or state application filings, CRD filings and preparation of compliance and supervisory procedures. In addition, our team can assist existing broker-dealers with a Change in Membership (CMA) application with FINRA.
Our team reviews and tests broker-dealer compliance programs in accordance with FINRA Rules 3110 and 3120 requirements.
Our broker-dealer implementation assistance services include discussions with the broker-dealer’s principals on the day-to-day compliance and management of the broker-dealer, including:
- General regulatory compliance and recordkeeping requirements
- Financial reporting
- Annual requirements
- Internal review function
- Communication with the public policies
Our team performs independent AML testing as a qualified outside party to assess the effectiveness of a broker-dealer’s AML program. During our review, we work closely with clients to tailor our in-depth testing to each firm’s business model. Our customized approach identifies potential gaps in your firm’s AML program and provides practical solutions to address them.
We can assist with a review of branch audit programs and perform branch office inspections. Our branch office inspections can be a general review to assess compliance with FINRA Rule 3110(c), or they can be refined to include specific focus areas.
Our team conducts comprehensive reviews of broker-dealer equity trading desks intended to emulate the TFCE performed by FINRA’s Market Regulation Department. We also offer more limited reviews for OATS, TRACE and RTRS compliance.
We can help broker-dealers understand the compliance and operational issues presented by Reg BI as they relate to their retail business. Our consultants can assist in designing customized procedures that will detail the steps needed to address Reg BI’s requirements as they relate to your firm.
Packaged compliance solutions for broker-dealers
Our tiered solutions let you choose the level of assistance your firm needs.
Comprehensive C3 Solution®
Our comprehensive C3 Solution service combines core regulatory compliance assistance with ongoing support to help firms ensure their compliance programs are up to date and effective.
We designed our Compliance Cornerstone solution for broker-dealers with a less comprehensive need for compliance assistance.
Broker-dealers that simply need to stay current on compliance issues or that have occasional compliance questions choose our Compliance Assistant program.
2021 Broker-Dealer Regulatory Filings Calendar
To help you stay on track with your firm’s FINRA reporting obligations, we’ve put together a printable calendar with key deadlines in addition to U.S. national holidays at a glance.
Featured broker-dealer news and insights
The SEC and FINRA staff held a joint roundtable on October 26, 2020 to discuss their initial observations of broker-dealer compliance with Reg BI and Form CRS requirements since the June 30, 2020 deadline.
ACA Broker-Dealer Services invites you to download the latest edition of our newsletter. Our latest newsletter contains a year-end compliance checklist to help broker-dealers confirm they have completed their compliance obligations for 2020.
Upcoming and on demand webcasts
Join us Thursday, March 11 at 11:00 am EST for a live webcast on FINRA Priorities and Hot Topics to learn more about how the recently released priorities may impact you and your compliance program.
FINRA Requires Unrealized Fund IRRs to be Presented in Accordance with the GIPS Standards (Broker-dealers)
The FINRA release of Regulatory Notice 20-21 on July 1, 2020 includes clarified guidance for calculating and presenting IRR for use in retail communications by FINRA member firms. Join ACA for a complimentary webcast discussing the main areas of impact to broker-dealers and FINRA member placements agents.
Michael Borts has joined the firm as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to lead ACA’s technology development, vision, and strategy. In his role, he will oversee all product development for ACA’s award-winning ComplianceAlpha® regulatory technology platform and technology enablement at the firm.
The acquisition of Catelas further enhances the holistic surveillance capabilities of ACA’s RegTech platform. Catelas’ patented technology automates the mapping of how people connect and form groups within a firm, isolates collusion risk, and detects high-risk behaviors.
ACA Group (ACA), a leading provider of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) advisory services and technology solutions, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with the Investment Adviser Association (IAA), a leading organization dedicated to advancing the interests of investment advisers.