FINRA fines Fenix Securities over offshore business

FINRA fines Fenix Securities

In December, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that Fenix Securities of New York, NY submitted an acceptance, waiver and consent letter regarding its failure to register foreign associates prior to their placing orders on behalf of customers.  As a result the firm was censured and fined $30,000.

FINRA’s allegations against Fenix Securities concerned the firm’s practice of permitting unregistered foreign associates to conduct firm business by opening accounts and making transactions on behalf of off shore investors.  FINRA found that several of these individuals were not registered in any capacity, while some were registered in their home jurisdiction but not with FINRA.

Registration and disciplinary history

In order to lawfully sell investments to the public, a firm must either be registered or exempt from registration.  Fenix Securities is a Deleware corporation formed in 2007 and registered with FINRA, the SEC and in 12 states and territories.

According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Fenix Securities has been the subject of one regulatory investigation.

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