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WHEREAS, the Banking Commissioner (“Commissioner”) is charged with the administration of Chapter 672a of the General Statutes of Connecticut, the Connecticut Uniform Securities Act (“Act”), and Sections 36b-31-2 to 36b-31-33, inclusive, of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies (“Regulations”) promulgated under the Act;
WHEREAS, on April 14, 2014, Rawlings Wealth Management LLC (“Rawlings”), a Connecticut limited liability company formed on March 7, 2014 and having its principal place of business at 213 East Oakland Street, Manchester, Connecticut 06042, filed with the Commissioner an application for registration as an investment adviser pursuant to Sections 36b-7 and 36b-32 of the Act;
WHEREAS, the Commissioner, through the Securities and Business Investments Division (“Division”) of the Department of Banking (“Department”) has conducted a review of Rawlings’ application pursuant to Section 36b-8 of the Act;
WHEREAS, Bradford Rawlings Boisvert (“Boisvert”) (CRD No. 4677941) is the Managing Member, Chief Executive Officer and sole officer of Rawlings;
WHEREAS, Boisvert has never been registered as an investment adviser agent under the securities laws of any state, nor has Rawlings been previously registered as an investment adviser in any other jurisdiction or with the SEC;
WHEREAS, neither Rawlings nor Boisvert has been the subject of any reported securities related disciplinary actions or complaints;
WHEREAS, Boisvert passed the Series 65 examination on February 10, 2014;
WHEREAS, the Division believes that Rawlings has not fulfilled the experience requirements set forth in Section 36b-31-7b of the Regulations, which provides, in pertinent part, that:
|(a)||Each applicant for investment adviser registration shall (1) have been engaged in the securities business as a broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser or investment adviser agent spending a major portion of his or her working time in the securities business for at least three years within the seven calendar years preceding the date of the application or (2) be otherwise qualified by knowledge and experience as determined by the commissioner.|
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|(d)||Persons acting as managers shall meet the experience requirements of subsection (a) of this section. For purposes of this subsection, ‘manager’ means . . . (2) any person responsible for the day to-day operation and supervision of an investment adviser office in this state.|
WHEREAS, the Division has reason to believe that both Boisvert, who would be responsible for the day-to-day operation and supervision of Rawlings’ office in this state, and Rawlings have not fulfilled the requisite experience requirements set forth in Section 36b-31-7b of the Regulations;
WHEREAS, the Division also has reason to believe that based on such experience deficiency, a basis exists under Section 36b-15(a)(2)(J) of the Act for restricting or imposing conditions on the investment advisory activities that Rawlings may perform in and from Connecticut;
WHEREAS, Section 36b-15(a) of the Act provides, in pertinent part, that:
|The commissioner may, by order, deny . . . any registration or, by order, restrict or impose conditions on the securities or investment advisory activities that an applicant . . . may perform in this state if the commissioner finds that (1) the order is in the public interest, and (2) the applicant . . . or, in the case of . . . [an] investment adviser, any partner, officer, or director, any person occupying a similar status or performing similar functions, or any person directly or indirectly controlling the . . . investment adviser . . . (J) is not qualified on the basis of such factors as training, experience, and knowledge of the securities business, except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section;|
WHEREAS, Rawlings represents, through its execution of this Stipulated Agreement Conditioning Registration as an Investment Adviser (“Agreement”), that it has read and has familiarized itself with the Act and the Regulations thereunder, particularly those provisions governing the compliance responsibilities of investment advisers;
WHEREAS, Rawlings, through its execution of this Agreement, voluntarily waives any rights it may have to seek judicial review or otherwise challenge or contest the terms and conditions of this Stipulated Agreement;
AND WHEREAS, the issuance of this Agreement is necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors and consistent with the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act.
NOW THEREFORE, THE PARTIES HERETO DO AGREE AS FOLLOWS:
For three (3) years following the Commissioner’s execution of this Agreement, Rawlings shall notify each new client in writing prior to the rendering of investment advisory services concerning the restricted nature of Rawlings’ investment adviser activities as set forth herein and/or provide a copy of this Agreement to such client;
|2.||For three (3) years following the Commissioner’s execution of this Agreement, Rawlings shall refrain from charging performance based fees;|
For three (3) years following the Commissioner’s execution of this Agreement, Rawlings shall limit its investment advice to the following: securities listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the NYSE MKT, the NASDAQ Global Select Market or the NASDAQ Global Market; securities issued by investment companies regulated under the Investment Company Act of 1940; commercial paper; certificates of deposit; corporate debt securities; municipal securities; securities issued or guaranteed by the United States; and insurance products subject to regulation by the Connecticut Insurance Commissioner. Nothing in this paragraph shall preclude Rawlings from referring clients to Connecticut-registered or SEC-registered investment advisers whose activities are not so limited, and from receiving a referral fee in conjunction therewith provided that full written disclosure of the fee arrangement is made to clients;
|4.||For three (3) years following the Commissioner’s execution of this Agreement, Rawlings shall refrain from having custody or control of client funds or securities; provided, nothing in this paragraph shall preclude direct fee deduction by Rawlings in accordance with applicable law;|
Execution of this Agreement by the Commissioner is without prejudice to the right of the Commissioner to take enforcement action against Rawlings based upon a violation of this Agreement or the basis for its entry if the Commissioner determines that compliance is not being observed with the terms hereof, or if any representation made by or on behalf of Rawlings in connection with its application for registration is subsequently discovered to be untrue;
|6.||Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as limiting the Commissioner’s ability to take enforcement action against Rawlings based upon evidence of which the Division was unaware on the date hereof relating to a violation of the Act or any regulation, rule or order under the Act;|
|7.||The name “Rawlings Wealth Management LLC” be and is hereby entered on the Register of Investment Advisers pursuant to Section 36b-8 of the Act; and|
|8.||This Agreement shall become binding when executed by all parties hereto.|
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Agreement on the dates indicated.
|Dated at Hartford, Connecticut,||______/s/____________|
|this 20th day of June, 2014.||Howard F. Pitkin|
I, Bradford Rawlings Boisvert, state on behalf of Rawlings Wealth Management LLC, that I have read the foregoing Stipulated Agreement; that I know and fully understand its contents; that I am authorized to execute this Stipulated Agreement on behalf of Rawlings Wealth Management LLC; and that Rawlings Wealth Management LLC agrees freely and without threat or coercion of any kind to comply with the terms and conditions stated herein, expressly waiving any right it may have to a hearing on the matters described herein.
|Rawlings Wealth Management LLC|
|Bradford Rawlings Boisvert|
|Chief Executive Officer and Managing Member|
State of: [Blank in Original]
On this the 14th day of June 2014, before me, the undersigned officer, personally appeared Bradford Rawlings Boisvert, who acknowledged himself to be the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Member of Rawlings Wealth Management LLC, and that he, as such Chief Executive Officer and Managing Member, being authorized so to do, executed the foregoing instrument for the purposes therein contained, by signing the name of the limited liability company by himself as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Member.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand.
Date Commission Expires: 05/31/19