Articles Tagged with Walter Rae Chao

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Walter Rae Chao, a former broker with the San Mateo, California branch of LPL Financial, LLC (LPL Financial), submitted a letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent in which he consented to, but did not admit to or deny, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) findings that he participated in private securities transactions totaling $1.27 million without the required approval from LPL Financial.

FINRA found that Walter Chao, of Redwood City, California, introduced at least 13 clients to purchase interest in special purpose vehicles (SPV), which were created by another firm, in order to purchase pre-initial public offering (IPO) shares of Facebook, Inc. Nine of the 13 clients invested a total of $1.27 million in the Facebook SPVs. FINRA stated that although Mr. Chao did not receive direct compensation from the other firm for the transactions, approximately $8,000 in fees associated with Mr. Chao’s mother’s purchase of the Facebook SPV were waived. Continue reading →