We were recently reminded of how difficult it is to re-register for a position in the securities industry after being barred. See https://www.sec.gov/litigation/admin/2021/ia-5682.pdf.
On February 9, 2021, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission refused to let a former investment adviser re-register, claiming that the barred adviser had not demonstrated “extraordinary circumstances” to merit re-entry . In particular, the Commission noted that the barred adviser had not paid his penalty, initially, imposed in 2011. The Commission also rejected his arguments that, by working with an actual registered adviser, he would be appropriately supervised. However, the Commission found that the person had failed to submit sufficient evidence to demonstrate this supervision.
As a result, the barred adviser was not let back into the business, demonstrating the difficulty for others, who seek to follow in his path. We are not suggesting it is impossible, but those barred persons interested in re-entering the securities industry should seek out securities counsel prior to making any filing.