FINRA is requesting comment on a proposal to amend FINRA Rule 5122, which requires, subject to certain exemptions, disclosure in the offering document of the intended use of offering proceeds, expenses, and the amount of selling compensation to be paid to the broker-dealer and its associated persons, in any private placement in which a participating broker-dealer (or its control entity) is the issuer.
Private placements are often one of the higher commission products sold by brokerage firms and the proposed amendment to the rule is likely in response to the high number of private placements that were sold over the last couple of years by brokerage firms. Some of these private placements, like Medical Capital and Provident Royalties, were sold by brokerage firms even though it appears that these investments were fraudulent. Perhaps if the commissions brokerage firms earned in recommending these investments had been more adequately disclosed, investors would not have invested in them.
If you have questions regarding about a private placement you purchased, the securities attorneys of The White Law Group may be able to help. For a free consultation, call the firm’s Chicago office at 312-238-9650.
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