Enforcement Actions
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
CASES OF NOTE
2010
NOTE: Stipulations of Fact and Consent to Penalty (SFC); Offers of Settlement (OS); and Letters of Acceptance Waiver, and Consent (AWC) are entered into by Respondents without admitting or denying the allegations, but consent is given to the described sanctions & to the entry of findings. Additionally, for AWCs, if FINRA has reason to believe a violation has occurred and the member or associated person does not dispute the violation, FINRA may prepare and request that the member or associated person execute a letter accepting a finding of violation, consenting to the imposition of sanctions, and agreeing to waive such member's or associated person's right to a hearing before a hearing panel, and any right of appeal to the National Adjudicatory Council, the SEC, and the courts, or to otherwise challenge the validity of the letter, if the letter is accepted. The letter shall describe the act or practice engaged in or omitted, the rule, regulation, or statutory provision violated, and the sanction or sanctions to be imposed.
September 2010
Assent LLC
AWC/2007008882402/September 2010

The Firm permitted a then-proprietary trader and associated person to engage in proprietary firm options trading when he was not properly licensed to do so and, as a result, the firm failed to register a person engaged in its investment banking or securities business in the category of registration appropriate to the function to be performed as specified in NASD Rule 1032. The Firm's written supervisory procedures required all proprietary traders to possess the Series 7 general securities representative license and Series 55 equity traders limited representative license (and Series 63 qualification), and provided for no exceptions unless approvals were obtained and the traderís activities were restricted until the licensing deficiency was rectified; the associated person possessed none of the licenses required by the firm nor were activities restricted. As a result, the firm failed to enforce its written supervisory procedures by allowing the associated person to disregard FINRA licensing requirements and the firmís internal licensing requirements applicable to its proprietary traders.

The Firm failed to enforce written internal firm trading limits that applied to the associated person by failing to enforce its written supervisory procedures concerning the imposition of individual trading limits on proprietary traders; the firm failed to take adequate steps to ensure the associated person and other relevant associated persons of the firm understood the meaning and application of the terms of the associated personís individual trading limits, and allowed the associated person to exceed his individual trading limits on several occasions.

Assent LLC : Censured; Fined $79.,000
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