Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2015
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Text Block]
Legal Matters
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.
Regulatory Matters
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” which 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 CAP that such approval would become effective at such time that the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an acknowledgement letter. On August 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an acknowledgement letter to FINRA and as a result, the approval of Mr. Mathis’s MC-400 application is now effective.
Employment Agreement
The CEO has an employment agreement which commenced on January 1, 2003 which automatically renews for annual periods following the initial two-year term. The agreement may be terminated by either party upon three months written notice in advance of any renewal date. Compensation pursuant to the agreement includes an annual salary of $250,000 (subject to annual increases of 5% beginning with the first automatic renewal), bonus eligibility, paid vacation and specified business expense reimbursements. The agreement sets limits on the CEO’s annual sales of AWLD common stock. If the CEO’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause or by the CEO for good reason, then the salary is payable for the remainder of the then current term, plus an additional six months. Upon a change of control (1) the CEO’s options fully vest; (2) the employment term resets to one year from the date of the change of control; (3) the CEO has the right to resign during the thirty day period commencing on the one year anniversary of the change of control and then receive, within thirty days of his termination, a lump sum payment equal to his then current annual salary. The CEO is not permitted to solicit AWLD clients or employees during a two-year non-solicitation period following his termination.
On September 28, 2015, the Company entered into a new employment agreement with its CEO, (the “Employment Agreement”). Among other things, the Employment Agreement provides for a three-year term of employment at an annual salary of $401,700 (subject to a 3% cost-of-living adjustment per year), bonus eligibility, paid vacation and specified business expense reimbursements. The Employment Agreement sets limits on the Mr. Mathis’ annual sales of AWLD common stock. Mr. Mathis is subject to a covenant not to compete during the term of the Employment Agreement and following his termination for any reason, for a period of twelve months. Upon a change of control (as defined by the Employment Agreement), all of Mr. Mathis’ outstanding equity-based awards will vest in full and his employment term resets to two years from the date of the change of control. Following Mr. Mathis’s termination for any reason, Mr. Mathis is prohibited from soliciting Company clients or employees for one year and disclosing any confidential information of AWLD for a period of two years. The Employment Agreement may be terminated by the Company for cause or by the CEO for good reason, in accordance with the terms of the Employment Agreement.
Effective September 29, 2015, Mr. Mathis resigned his position as President and Secretary for DPEC Capital, Inc. but remained on as a director and non-executive chairman. The same day, Mr. Fasano was appointed President and Secretary in addition to his continuing role as Chief Compliance Officer of DPEC Capital, Inc. 
The Company leases office space in New York City under an operating lease which expired on August 31, 2015. During July 2015, the Company entered 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, is subject to modest specified annual rent increases, and the lease is extended through August 31, 2020.
Future minimum payments on these operating leases are as follows:
For The Years Ended
December 31,
Rent expense for this property, for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 was $139,107 and $129,168, respectively, net of reimbursements under expense sharing agreements (see Note 14 – Related Party Transactions – Expense Sharing).