Ken Kavanagh (CRD#: 4502223) is a suspended broker who formerly worked for Morgan Stanley (CRD#: 149777) in New York City, Citigroup Global Markets (CRD#: 7059), and UBS Financial Services (CRD#: 8174).
Ken Kavanaugh’s publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report lists 3 disclosures, including 1 customer dispute, 1 employment separation after allegations, and 1 regulatory action.
Ken Kavanagh BrokerCheck Disclosures
The first disclosure on Kavanagh’s record comes in April, 2018, which is an ‘Employment Separation After Allegations’ disclosure. After allegations “regarding the representative’s involvement in the provision of services to clients outside the scope of the firm’s services”, Kavanagh voluntarily resigned from Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
An August, 2018 customer dispute states that the client’s attorney “did not authorize transactions in the client’s account, and that the signature on documents which purportedly authorized such transactions were not his. 2010-2018”. The damages requested in that dispute were $186,000, but it was withdrawn.
Suspension For Outside Business Activity
In August, 2018, Kavanagh consented to sanctions and findings that he “engaged in outside business activities without providing prior written notice to his member firm. The findings stated that Kavanagh managed the personal affairs of professional athletes, including over 40 professional athletes who were clients of both Kavanagh and the firm. Kavanagh received approximately $5 million in fees. Kavanagh also falsely attested on six firm questionnaires that he was not involved with any outside business activities.”
The sanctions amount was $25,000 and Kavanagh was suspended in all capacities for 18 months. The suspension ends in February, 2021.
Why Disclosing Outside Business Activity Is Important
Brokerage firms are required to monitor their registered representatives and be aware of their outside business activity. If they fail to oversee their registered representatives, they could face FINRA sanctions or client settlements pursuant to the “failure to supervise” rule.
Brokers have been known to conduct private securities transactions that have not been approved by the firm they are registered with, which is called selling away and can involve significant risk.
Though brokers may solicit outside investments, but the firms they work for are responsible for their activity and could still be responsible for paying clients settlements awarded through FINRA arbitration.
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