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Thomas Donnelly, Agent and Quasar Distributors, LLC Broker: Brookfield Investments

Order
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Docket No. 14-002-S

Docket No. 14-002-S

 

IN THE MATTER OF:

THOMAS DONNELLY, Agent

and

QUASAR DISTRIBUTORS, LLC,

Broker; BROOKFIELD INVESTMENTS, Broker


ORDER AUTHORIZING DUAL REGISTRATION UNDER THE VERMONT UNIFORM SECURITIES ACT


WHEREAS, QUASAR DISTRIBUTORS, LLC ('"Quasar"), CRD No. 103848, and

BROOKFIELD INVESTMENTS, LLC, ("Brookfield"), CRD No. 151423, registered broker- dealers pursuant to the Securities Act, have requested approval for the dual registration ofTHOMAS DONNELLY ("Donnelly"), CRD No. 4246675 as an agent to be employed by or associated with both Quasar and Brookfield in Vermont pursuant to 9 V .S.A. Chapter 150, as amended (the "Securities Act"); and

WHEREAS, under the Securities Act, the Commissioner of the State of Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (the "Commissioner") has general supervision and control over any and all broker-dealer firms and their agents, residing or doing business in Vermont; and

WHEREAS, Order 06-43-S, Exhibit 6.2B establishes a requirement that an agent seeking to be dually registered with unaffiliated broker-dealers must receive prior approval from the Commissioner by Order; and

WHEREAS, the Commissioner, through her designated representative, the Securities Division (the "Division"), has reviewed Quasar and Brookfield's request for approval of

Donnelly's dual registration as an agent for both Quasar and Brookfield and has determined

that this request for dual registration as a broker-dealer agent shall be approved, subject to certain terms, conditions and undertakings agreed upon by both Quasar and Brookfield; and

NOW THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED that:

1. Quasar and Brookfield's request for approval of Donnelly's dual registration as an agent employed by or associated with both Quasar and Brookfield is hereby approved, subject to the continuous compliance of Donnelly, Quasar and Brookfield with the following undertakings and conditions while this Order is in effect:

a. Each firm consents to the registration of the listed individual by the other firm.

b. Each firm assumes joint and several liability with the other firm for any act or omission of Donnelly in violation of the State's securities law or any Rule or order promulgated pursuant to the State's securities laws during the period of registration.

c. Each firm has established appropriate procedures designed to prevent or correct any conflict of interest arising out of the dual relationship and to guard against violations of the State's securities laws and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

d. Each firm agrees that:

(i) The firm shall be primarily responsible for supervising Donnelly and assumes all duties and responsibilities imposed by the State's laws and regulations for the securities transactions of Donnelly to the same extent as if such registrant were only registered with such firm, and

(ii) Nothing in this Order or the Rules shall relieve the firm for which the registrant is actually acting, of the responsibilities imposed by the State's laws and regulations for the securities transactions of such registrant.

e. Each firm agrees to register the individual with the State and pay the appropriate registration fees.

f. Each firm acknowledges this undertaking as an addendum to all prior undertakings tiled with the State.

g. Each of Donnelly, Quasar and Brookfield shall notify the Division in writing if Donnelly becomes the subject of an inquiry or investigation of any securities regulatory agency or self-regulatory organization, an arbitration proceeding, or securities­ related litigation within fifteen (15) business days of receiving notice of such inquiry or investigation.

h. Each of Donnelly, Quasar, and Brookfield shall furnish to the Division a copy of any written complaint or action, or a written summary of any oral complaint, which is made with respect to Donnelly within fifteen (15) business days of receiving such complaint or action, when such complaint or action concerns a Vermont resident, or any sale, offer to sell, purchase or offer to purchase of any security(ies) or other activity that is subject to the jurisdiction of the Securities Act.

1. Donnelly, Quasar, and Brookfield shall comply with and abide by all procedures designed to prevent or correct any conflict of interest arising out of the dual licensing relationships and to guard against violations of the State's securities laws and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. As long as this Order remains in effect, Donnelly shall not transfer registration from Quasar and/or Brookfield to another broker-dealer pursuant to any mass transfer, without prior approval of the Division. Such approval shall not be presumed from completion of the mass transfer.

2. Each of Donnelly, Quasar, and Brookfield acknowledges that any inaccuracy, omission, or untrue statement in any of the statements, undertakings or representations, whether verbal or written, covered by this Order, or otherwise made in connection with this Order, or any failure to comply with any provision of this Order may constitute grounds for enforcement action by the Division.

3. This Order shall become effective immediately upon the date set forth below and shall remain in effect until this Order is modified or rescinded by order of the Commissioner.

4. The dual registration of Donnelly as an agent to be employed by or associated with Quasar and Brookfield shall become effective immediately upon the date set forth below. This Order shall apply to Donnelly's dual registration as an agent employed by or associated with Quasar and Brookfield and to all subsequent renewals of such registration until this Order is modified or rescinded by order of the Commissioner.

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER