FINRA fines Maxwell Simon Over Micro-Cap Sales

Maxwell SImon fined by FINRA.

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In December, 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that Maxwell Simon of Minneapolis, MN submitted an acceptance, waiver and consent letter regarding its failure to supervise its registered representatives in their sales of unregistered microcap securities. In agreeing to the AWC, the firm was fined $20,000.

FINRA’s allegations against Maxwell Simon concerned micro-cap securities sales.  FINRA found that the firm failed to properly investigate the sales, failed to respond to red flags concerning the transactions and failed to establish, maintain and enforce an effective system of reviewing the transactions to ensure that the transactions were in compliance with the securities laws, in particular Rule 144.

Registration and disciplinary history

In order to lawfully sell investments to the public, a firm must either be registered or exempt from registration.  Maxwell Simon is an Minnesota corporation formed in 1978 and registered with FINRA.

According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Maxwell Simon has been the subject of three regulatory investigations.

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