COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|6 Months Ended|
Jun. 30, 2015
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Text Block]||
The Company is involved in litigation and arbitrations from time to time in the ordinary course of business. The Company does not believe that the outcome of any such pending or threatened litigation will have a material adverse effect on its financial condition or results of operations. However, as is inherent in legal proceedings, there is a risk that an unpredictable decision adverse to the company could be reached. The Company records legal costs associated with loss contingencies as incurred. Settlements are accrued when, and if, they become probable and estimable.
In December 2007, the FINRA Office of Hearing Officers (“OHO”) held that Mr. Mathis negligently failed to make certain disclosures on his Form U4 to reflect the filing of certain personal federal tax liens. (All of the underlying tax liabilities were paid in full by Mr. Mathis in 2003 and the liens were released in 2003.) After several appeals regarding the willfulness finding, Mr. Mathis served a suspension, which was completed on September 4, 2012, and all fines have been paid.
Under applicable FINRA rules, the finding that Mr. Mathis acted willfully subjected him to a “statutory disqualification” would have prevented him from working in the securities industry. In accordance with FINRA rules, Mr. Mathis filed Form MC-400 with FINRA in September 2012, requesting that he be permitted to continue to work in the securities industry and in October 2014, FINRA’s Member Regulation Department recommended approval of the MC-400 application. On April 30, 2015, FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) agreed with the recommendation of Member Regulation and further approved the application so that Mr. Mathis can continue to work in the securities industry. At the time that FINRA provided notice of the NAC’s approval, it informed DPEC Capital that such approval would become effective (a) thirty days thereafter, unless the Commission determined that it should review the NAC decision, and (b) at such time that the Commission issued an acknowledgement letter. After seeking clarification from FINRA’s Office of the General Counsel regarding this ambiguity, DPEC Capital was informed that the approval would become effective after the Commission issued an acknowledgement letter. While there is no reason to suspect that such acknowledgement will not be forthcoming, to date it has not yet been received.
The Company leases office space in New York City under an operating lease which expires on August 31, 2015. Rent expense for this property was $29,092 and $64,325 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 and $32,292 and $64,584 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, respectively, net of expense allocation to affiliates. During July, 2015, the Company into the second amendment of this lease (the Second Lease Amendment). Pursuant to the terms of the Second Lease Amendment, annual rent for the New York City office is increased from $156,000 to $217,800 effective September 1, 2015, and the lease is extended through August 31, 2020.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef