OTC Markets To Host Discussion On How Government Regulatory Updates and Rulemaking Proposals Could Impact SmallCaps

On February 26th, the CfPA and OTC Markets Group will conduct a moderated discussion on regulatory updates and rulemaking efforts being proposed in Washington D.C. and how they could impact small public companies. Dan Zinn, General Counsel of OTC Markets Group and CfPA Legislative & Regulatory Affairs division member, will moderate the discussion on the initiatives and proposals under consideration

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OTC Markets Announces 2019 OTCQX Best 50

OTC Markets recently announced its 5th annual list of the top 50 U.S. and international companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market—the 2019 OTCQX® Best 50. This year’s list speaks to a broad array of companies spanning all sizes, industries and geographic regions, from well-capitalized US community banks to Mega-Cap foreign exchange-listed Global brands. 2019 OTCQX Best 50 companies traded

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Two Defendants in SEC Enforcement Action Plead Guilty in Parallel Criminal Case to Charges of Securities Fraud and Lying to the SEC

A former employee of a Boston-based biotech company and a friend of the company’s CEO, whom the Securities and Exchange Commission have charged with stock manipulation and with making false statements and a scheme to defraud, have pleaded guilty in a parallel criminal case to charges of securities fraud and obstructing the SEC’s investigation. On September 7, 2018, Kenneth Stromsland,

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SEC Files Charges Against Magna Group For Microcap Stock Fraud

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against four individuals and related businesses for their roles in two microcap frauds and unlawful securities offerings. In sum, the alleged illegal transactions resulted in proceeds of more than $25 million. According to the SEC’s complaint, from approximately December 2012 to June 2013, microcap stock financier Magna Group, which was founded

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Court Enters Judgment Against Microcap Company and Two Promoters in Pump-And-Dump Scheme

This week, The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained final judgments against a microcap company and its two undisclosed promoters who were charged with running a $3.3 million microcap fraud. In September 2017, the SEC charged Jason McDiarmid, Kenneth George Cedric Telford, and Stop Sleep Go, Inc., formerly known as Interactive Multi-Media Auction Corp, with running a pump-and-dump scheme in

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Uplisting to a Senior Exchange – Review of Uplistings in 2018

58 companies uplisted to a senior exchange in 2018. Of such companies, a total of 36 companies uplisted to NASDAQ Capital Markets, 10 uplisted to NASDAQ Global Select and 12 uplisted to NYSE American. Such companies uplisted from various marketplaces including 30 from the OTCQB, 12 from the OTCQX and 16 from the OTC Pink Current. In order to Uplist

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OTC Markets Publishes Lists of January Compliance Downgrades & Caveat Emptor Designations

Last week, OTC Markets Group published the lists of downgrades from its OTCQX® and OTCQB® markets and Caveat Emptor Designations for the month of January. This list is part of OTC Markets’ initiative to disseminate, on a recurring monthly basis, a list of downgrades from its respective OTCQX and OTCQB markets as well as a separate list of Caveat Emptor Designations that have occurred

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Two Defendants Charged with Lying to the SEC Sentenced in Microcap Fraud Case

A stock promoter and a former chairman of a Massachusetts-based medical diagnostics company previously called Endeavor Power Corp were sentenced in a federal court in Boston, Massachusetts in a related criminal case brought by the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Securities and Exchange Commission previously charged all three defendants with a scheme to defraud potential investors in Endeavor’s publicly traded

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The LD Micro Index Reconstituted With 346 Additions & 312 Removals

On February 1st, The LD Micro Index was reconstituted. 346 companies were added and 312 were removed. The LD Micro Index is designed to give the most accurate representation of the intraday activity of microcap stocks in North America. General criteria for inclusion in The LD Micro Index are as follows: – Listed in the U.S. (NYSE/AMEX, Nasdaq, OTCM) or

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MicroCap Market Manipulator Sentenced To 87 Months In Prison

On January 30, 2019, David Aubel of North Carolina was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to 87 months in prison, five years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $242,553. In November 2017, Aubel pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud, one count

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