Articles Tagged with Sanders Morris Harris

shutterstock_188269637The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned broker Marc Evans (Evans) concerning allegations that between October 2006 and October 2012, Evans participated in private securities transactions, also referred to as “selling away”, without prior approval of his brokerage firm. In addition, FINRA found that Evans did not disclose his membership on the board of directors of a corporation.

Marc W. Evans entered the securities industry in 1978. From November 2005 through December 2012, Evans was registered with brokerage firm Sanders Morris Harris, Inc. (Sanders Morris). Thereafter, Evans became associated with Wunderlich Securities, Inc.

FINRA alleged that between October 2006 and October 2007, Evans introduced 11 of his brokerage clients to invest in a company called Global Safety Labs, Inc. (GSL), a Tulsa, Oklahoma company. GSL develops and manufactures fire-retardant products. FINRA found that the eleven clients ultimately invested a combined total of $3,430,000 in GSL stock shares. FINRA found that Evans received commissions totaling $79,500 from GSL from these sales.

shutterstock_188383739The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently sanctioned broker Ralph Lord (Lord) concerning allegations that the broker, from 2007 through 2013, engaged in three unapproved outside business activities in violation of NASD Rule 3030 and FINRA Rule 3270, participated in undisclosed private securities transactions, provided inaccurate information on compliance questionnaires, and failed to disclose an unsatisfied judgment.

Lord resides in Jackson, Mississippi and has been in the securities industry since 1988. From 2000 until June 2011, Lord worked at Sanders Morris Harris Inc. (f/k/a Harris Webb & Garrison, Inc.). Thereafter, Lord was associated with Abshier Webb Donnelly & Baker. Inc. from June 2011 until January 2012. Finally, from January 2012 until July 2013, Lord was associated with Saxony Securities. Inc (Saxony Securities). Lord was then terminated by Saxony Securities for violating the firm’s internal policies concerning disclosure of unpaid judgments. Previously Lord was the subject of an another FINRA disciplinary action in 1991 for exercising discretion without prior written authorization. According to Lord’s BrokerCheck, he has also been the subject of at least 15 customer complaints over his career.

FINRA alleged that Lord and two acquaintances created a called Canebrake Capital Management LLC (Cranebrake) in or about 2007 to make an investment in a spring water business. FINRA found that Lord and his acquaintances owned Canebrake and therefore a large position in the water company, were responsible for operating the water business, and that Lord personally invested at least $200,000 in Cranebrake. According to FINRA, in 2007, Lord created a private placement memorandum and a presentation to market partnership interests in Cranebrake to raise funds for the company. FINRA also alleged that Lord solicited several customers to invest in the water company but with the exception of one customer was largely unsuccessful.

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