Industries

Financial Services

Successfully Navigating Through Regulatory Risks

We currently provide accounting, tax and consulting services to broker-dealers, hedge and private equity funds, community banks, registered investment advisors, fund managers, and private equity firms. Our services to these financial services clients include audits and compilations of financial statements, custody examinations, agreed upon procedures on historical performance results, income tax planning and compliance services, management succession planning, and strategic business planning services such as merger and acquisition related support.

Our team has in-depth expertise with the issues facing the financial services industry, including Internal Revenue Code §457A, taxation of carried interests, reporting of foreign assets, and portfolio valuation services.

To stay informed of the latest industry changes that may affect your business, our financial services team is actively involved in the Venture Forum, Virginia Association of Community Banks, and Virginia Bankers Association.

Financial Services Industry Expertise

Over the past 35 years, we have become a trusted advisor in the financial services industry, specifically related to regulatory developments. We take a consultative approach with our financial services clients when new regulations come in effect, so that our clients can prepare accordingly.  We invite you to visit our financial services mini-site to find out more about our specialized services, thought leadership, client success stories, and experienced industry team.

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Broker-Dealers

We are thoroughly familiar with both industry practice and the regulatory requirements of the SEC, FINRA, SIPC, and PCAOB. We work with both mature and early-stage, privately-held entities, in the capacity of auditors, business advisors, tax advisors, and valuation experts. We currently provide services for 15 clients in the securities broker-dealer industry which range from full service broker-dealers that perform trading, underwriting, M&A, institutional sales and research services, to retail and investment banking oriented broker-dealers.

Our partners and staff have in-depth knowledge of the financial services industry. We assist Broker Dealers with the issues facing your industry such as new Internal Revenue Code §457A, taxation of carried interests, reporting of foreign assets, risk advisory services and valuation services.   Read more.

Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®)

At Keiter, our knowledge and experience with financial framework standards, such as GIPS®, will serve your company well in keeping with and going beyond routine compliance efforts. We have developed strong consultative relationships with our investment advisor clients, particularly related to compliance efforts regarding reporting investment performance and marketing materials.  We closely monitor standard setter and regulatory developments that impact our investment advisor clients and meet with them frequently.

We expect this sector will continue to face increased regulatory scrutiny and need for third party independent assurance, particularly for investment performance results. We want to be a trusted advisor related to your compliance efforts. We believe the following benefits that we offer to our investment advisor clients differentiate us from our competitors:

  • Responsive, local technical experts with a focus on client service
  • High quality services that are subject to rigorous peer review (unlike non-CPA firms performing GIPS® services)
  • Timely consultations when standard setter or regulatory changes occur
  • Assistance in navigating complex GIPS® and SEC related performance standards

Registered Investment Advisors

In March 2010 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Rule 206(4)-2 (the “Custody Rule”) became effective under the Investment Advisors Act of 1940. Certain investment advisors registered with the SEC and deemed to have custody of client assets, are required to engage a CPA firm registered with the PCAOB that is subject to regular inspection by the PCAOB to exam their compliance with the Custody Rule.

We currently provide examination services to 13 RIA’s in compliance with the Custody Rule including the surprise security examination requirement as well as reporting on internal controls for those advisors deemed to be “qualified” custodians. We will combine our experience, expertise and technical knowledge to perform these exams in the most cost-effective manner possible for your Company.

Hedge and Private Equity Funds

We provide audit, taxation, and limited accounting administration services to a variety of investment companies and alternative investment funds and have significant experience with the reporting requirements of limited liability companies and limited partnerships. We also have significant experience dealing with valuation of investments on  fair value basis, allocation of income to limited partners, accounting for carried interests, multistate tax issues, such as nexus and apportionment / allocation of income, and the reporting requirements for financial interests in foreign bank accounts.

We also provide individual income tax return services for individuals who are invested in these types of funds. We have experience in the special filing requirements for these funds at the individual level.

Banking

Banking is one of the most regulated industries. Banks are continually dealing with the challenge of complying with the ever-expanding list of laws and regulations, including anti-money laundering, privacy and data protection, and consumer protection. The profitability of banks often depends on its marketing skills, efficient operations, and good risk management. Our professionals understand the industry and the risks and challenges that community banks face.

We provide a wide spectrum of risk advisory services to our clients including: Internal Audit Services, IT Control Assurance, and Regulatory Compliance Audits.

Insurance Companies

The insurance industry is highly regulated and companies are facing challenges from economic conditions, increased competition through direct marketing, and changing consumer buying habits. Through these challenging times, insurance companies are searching for ways to improve profitability through technology and expanding service offerings.

We provide Internal Audit Services and IT Controls Assurance to insurance companies.

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