ACA Identifies 12 Most Common Compliance Failings for U.K. Firms and How to Avoid Them (Part One of Two)

ACA Compliance Group (ACA) recently shared its insights on recurring compliance issues found during its reviews of U.K. firms; the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s standards and expectations in these compliance areas; and recommendations for addressing those issues. The findings and suggestions were presented in a webinar featuring ACA partner Philip Naughton and ACA directors Charlotte Longman and Michael Chambers. This article, the first in a two-part series, reviews the first six compliance failings highlighted in the program: governance, compliance arrangements, general compliance, personnel, training and financial crime arrangements. The second article will explore the remaining six compliance failings: regulatory reporting, financial planning, the Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process, the Investment Firm Review, market abuse and transaction reporting. For additional commentary from ACA, see our two-part series on its 2019 compliance survey: “Recent SEC Exam Experience; Common Code of Ethics Issues; Use of Senior Advisers; and Fee and Expense Allocations” (Jul. 9, 2019); and “Annual Meetings, Insider Trading Controls and Common Compliance Program Issues” (Jul. 16, 2019).

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