STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL REGULATION
IN RE: The Benchmark Company, LLC ) Docket No. 20-017-S
STIPULATION AND CONSENT ORDER
This Stipulation and Consent Order (Order) is entered by and among The Benchmark Company, LLC (Respondent), and the State of Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (Department).
WHEREAS, the Commissioner of the Department is responsible for administering and enforcing the Vermont Uniform Securities Act, Title 9, Chapter 150 of the Vermont Statutes, and the Vermont Securities Regulations, Rule S-2016-01, pursuant to which the Department has conducted a review of the Respondent; and
The Department has concluded that Respondent violated the Vermont Uniform Securities Act and Vermont Securities Regulations by failing to have at least one (1) agent registered in Vermont; and
The Department does not intend this Order to be a final order based upon violations of any Vermont statute, rule, or regulation that prohibits fraudulent, manipulative, or deceptive conduct, and the Commissioner does not intend to disqualify Respondent based solely on the failure at issue in this Order.
Respondent consents to the entry of the Order by the Department; and
Respondent hereby waives any right to a hearing and appeal under the Vermont Administrative Procedure Act, Title 3, Chapter 25 of the Vermont Statutes; the rules, regulations and orders of the Commissioner; and any right it may have to judicial review by any court with respect to this Order.
NOW THEREFORE, the parties stipulate, and the Commissioner makes findings and conclusions as follows:
FINDINGS OF FACT
1. Respondent is a firm with a principal place of business at 150 E. 58th Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10155
2. Respondent is a broker-dealer registered in Vermont that is subject to the registration and other requirements contained in Regulation S-2016-01.
3. On September 09, 2003, Respondent was granted registration in Vermont as a broker-dealer.
4. Currently, the Respondent does not have any broker-dealer agents registered in Vermont.
CONCLUSIONS OF LAW
5. Respondent violated Regulation S-2016-01, § 3-1 a (4), which requires broker-dealer firms to have at least one agent registered in Vermont at all times.
6. Respondent is subject to a civil penalty under 9 V.S.A. § 5604 for violating Regulation S-2016-01, § 3-1 a (4).
On the basis of the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Respondent’s consent to the entry of this Order, the Commissioner ORDERS:
7. Respondent shall within ten days of the entry of this order pay an administrative penalty in the amount of $2,000.00 to the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation.
8. Respondent shall file in Web CRD to register at least one agent in Vermont within seven days of this order’s execution.
BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER
Entered at Montpelier, Vermont, this ________ day of _____________, 2020
MICHAEL S. PIECIAK, Commissioner
Vermont Department of Financial Regulation
AGREED AND ACCEPTED BY:
Authorized agent for Respondent, The Benchmark Company, LLC
Printed Name: _______________________________
Signature: ___________________________________ Date: _______________________