According to BrokerCheck records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) advisor Patrick Hudson (Hudson), in June 2015, was terminated by his then employer RBC Capital Markets (RBC). RBC stated that Hudson was terminated due to undisclosed outside business activities and the sale of unapproved products.
Thereafter, in August 2017, FINRA brought action against Hudson finding that Hudson participated in private securities transactions in the form of promissory notes, without providing written notice or seeking written from RBC. FINRA found that Hudson’s outside real estate business entered into a series of promissory notes away from the firm totaling $490,000. In addition, Hudson participated in multiple outside businesses without providing prior written notice to the firm. FINRA determined that on at least 21 occasions Hudson sent letters on firm letterhead to various third-parties for the purpose of verifying the assets of firm customers but that Hudson failed to submit these letters to the firm’s operations support department for supervisory review.
The providing of loans or selling of notes and other investments outside of a brokerage firm constitutes impermissible private securities transactions – a practice known in the industry as “selling away”.