Tag: SEC Enforcement

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Law

SEC Charges Founder, Digital-Asset Issuer With Fraudulent ICO

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a digital-asset entrepreneur and his company with defrauding investors in an initial coin offering (ICO) that raised more than $42 million from hundreds of investors. The SEC‘s complaint alleges that from August 2017 to April 2018, Eran Eyal, founder of UnitedData, Inc. d/b/a Shopin, […]

Securities and Exchange Commission
Investors

Merrill Lynch Admits Masking to Defraud Customers

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith with misleading customers about how it handled their orders.  Merrill Lynch agreed to settle the charges, admit wrongdoing, and pay a $42 million penalty. According to the SEC’s order, Merrill Lynch falsely informed customers that it had executed […]

Analysis News

URL-Y WARNINGS

URL-Y WARNINGS BY MARK J. ASTARITA, ESQ. In the late 1990s, a broker at a major wirehouse posted a Web site providing general market information. The broker’s site was being visited by 1,000 potential customers a day. His firm’s reaction? They shut him down out of fear of the new […]

Brokers Compliance

FINRA Enforcement

According to FINRA’s public statements, one of its top priorities is enforcement of its rules, as well as the federal securities laws. FINRA investigates activity which is believes may indicate a securities law violation, and files disciplinary proceedings against firms and their associated persons to address such violations. A FINRA […]