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Portfolio Advisors Alliance, Inc. (Portfolio) was sanction by securities regulators, in part, due to Portfolio’s failure to perform due diligence concerning private placements, according to a settlement agreement entered into by Portfolio and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). The Peiffer Wolf securities lawyers often represent...

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) recently announced that it was fining Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. (BBH) $8 million for failing to meet its compliance obligations relating to anti-money laundering compliance.  Such failures caused BBH to fail to discover suspicious activity related to low...

Timothy David Burns, an investment professional in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, was sanctioned by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities. Burns, owner and manager of ESG Wealth Management and ESG Family Services, consented to the sanctions levied by the Department of Banking and Securities arising out of...

Thomas L. Hampton, a Scottsdale, Arizona investment professional, pled guilty to commodities fraud in connection with an investment scheme that defrauded investors out of millions of dollars between September, 2010 and September, 2011. Hampton managed Hampton Capital Markets (HCM). HCM held over $4 million of investors’...

Moving at a pace that will soon make him a strong competitor with industry giants LPL and Ameriprise Financial, real estate investor Nicholas Schorsch has purchased five independent brokerage firms since June, 2013.  In June, Schorsch announced the purchase of First Allied Holdings for an undisclosed amount. ...