FINRA fines Houlihan Capital.
In December, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) announced that Houlihan Capital of Chicago, IL submitted an acceptance, waiver and consent letter regarding its participation in a five million dollar private placement of securities. The firm was censured and fined $25,000.
FINRA’s allegations against Houlihan Capital concerned the firm’s creation and dissemination of marketing materials for the convertible promissory notes offered by the firm. The AWC stated that the firm disseminated written materials that did not present a balanced view of the offering and later, when certain information in the offering materials became untrue, the firm did not provide a written update. The AWC found that the offering materials omitted material information, contained out of date information and contained false, exaggerated and misleading information.
Registration and disciplinary history
In order to lawfully sell investments to the public, a firm must either be registered or exempt from registration. Houlihan Capital is a Nevada corporation formed in 2010 and registered with FINRA, the SEC and in 7 states and territories.
According to FINRA’s CRD disclosure report, Houlihan Capital has been the subject of two regulatory investigations.
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