The Monetary Business Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has dealt Renegades CEO Chris Roumayeh a 21-month ban from the brokerage business for soliciting investments with out disclosing his place throughout the organisation.
The suspension, additionally imposing a $15,000 (£12,309) advantageous on Roumayeh, was delivered on Wednesday for each soliciting and managing investments within the Detroit-based organisation.
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The interval of infringement is claimed to have taken place between June 2014 and June 2019 when Roumayeh operated as a basic securities consultant at American investing and wealth administration firm Merrill Lynch.
Though the disciplinary report doesn’t explicitly identify Renegades, it states Roumayeh was concerned within the buy of a “franchise concerned within the skilled video gaming business” the place he “managed the franchise’s day-to-day operations” as an proprietor.
Per FINRA’s findings, Roumayeh and an unidentified Merrill Lynch buyer bought Renegades in September 2016 with out notifying the brokerage agency. 5 company entities tied to Renegade’s operations had been additionally shaped, appointing Roumayeh as an officer and director for them whereas soliciting potential traders within the organisation. In March 2019, Roumayeh reportedly courted a $5.5 million (£4.5 million) funding in Renegades from an unnamed publicly-traded firm in alternate for shares within the organisation.
Moreover, the brokerage regulator discovered Roumayeh shaped two actual property restricted legal responsibility corporations in June 2014 and January 2015, respectively. The LLCs, Actual Property LLC and Roumayeh LLC, had been registered in Michigan and appointed him because the CEO of every entity.
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By collaborating in these non-public safety transactions and outdoors enterprise actions with out notifying, and receiving prior written approval from Merrill Lynch, Roumayeh was present in violation of FINRA Guidelines 3270, 3280, and 2010.
The FINRA report states: “Roumayeh didn’t disclose his exterior actions, together with the acquisition and operation of the Franchise, and formation of its associated company entities and Actual Property LLC, to Merrill Lynch. Roumayeh additionally hid his relationship with the company entities by forming them in his spouse’s identify and naming her as the only licensed consultant on Roumayeh LLC’s checking account. Roumayeh additionally made false statements to the Agency on 4 annual compliance questionnaires regarding his exterior enterprise actions.”
Merrill Lynch reported Roumayeh resigned from the wirehouse in July 2019 whereas beneath inside evaluation for his undisclosed enterprise curiosity. Regardless of now not being affiliated with a FINRA-regulated supplier, he stays topic to the regulatory authority’s jurisdiction. Roumayeh accepted the sanctions with out admitting or denying the findings, in line with the disciplinary letter.
Esports Insider says: It’s unimaginable to say what Roumayeh’s precise intentions had been when forming these holding corporations and soliciting investments in them, however when there’s smoke, there’s most definitely hearth.