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Scottsdale and John Hurry Push Back – FINRA Assault on Small Broker Dealers

On December 17, 2018, John Hurry broker dealer, Scottsdale Capital Advisers Corporation sued the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), for breach of contract in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Scottsdale and its sister company,… Read More

SEC Charges Taiwan-Based Insurance, China United with Fraudulent Market Manipulation Scheme

A Taiwan-based insurance company, China United Insurance Service, Inc. and one of its former managers have agreed to settle fraud charges brought by the SEC relating to a scheme to manipulate the company’s trading volume. The complaint alleges that,… Read More

SEC Obtains Asset Freeze Against Former CEO Charged with Misappropriating Investor Funds

The SEC announced on December 14, 2018 charges against Thomas Laws, the former CEO of Santa Fe Gold Corporation, for the misappropriation of investor funds. The SEC also obtained an asset freeze against Thomas Laws. The SEC’s complaint, unsealed… Read More

SEC Sues Orange County Investment Adviser, Craig Arsenault for Defrauding Clients

On December 14, 2018 the SEC charged Craig Arsenault, a California investment adviser with misappropriating client funds and misleading his clients about how their money was invested and how their investments were performing. The SEC is seeking an… Read More

2018 Regulation A+ Q&A

Since Regulation A+ was adopted in 2015, it has gained notable market acceptance.  Regulation A+  provides an  offering that can be used in combination with direct public offerings and initial public offerings as part of a Going Public Transaction allowing the issuer to avoid the… Read More

Regulation A+ and Secondary Trading 2018

The Securities & Exchange Commission’s amendments to Regulation A known as Regulation A+ went into effect on June 19, 2015.  Regulation A+ has gained market acceptance not only by issuers quoted on the OTC Markets but also by the… Read More

SEC Files Subpoena Enforcement in Possible Market Manipulation Scheme

The SEC filed a subpoena enforcement action against NVC Fund LLC and its principal, Frank Ekejija, seeking an order directing them to comply with an investigative subpoena for documents and testimony. According to the SEC’s application, filed on… Read More

The SEC Declared A Cease and Desist Proceedings with CoinAlpha Advisors LLC.

On December 7, 2018, CoinAlpha Advisors LLC  submitted an Offer of Settlement, which the SEC has determined to accept. CoinAlpha Advisors LLC consented to the Cease-and-Desist Proceedings Pursuant to Section 8A of the Securities Act of 1933, Making… Read More

SEC Voluntary Dismisses All Claims Against Jesse Litvak

On December 6, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut entered an order dismissing, with prejudice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s complaint against Jesse Litvak. The court’s order was based on the SEC’s motion… Read More

SEC Charges Technology Fund Adviser, Founder in Fraudulent Scheme

The SEC charged Michael Rothenberg, the founder of San Francisco-based venture capital funds and his investment advisory firm with overcharging investors to fund personal projects, including sending millions of dollars to his own virtual reality production company. The… Read More