What You Need to Know
- Aventura Capital Management must pay more than $900,000 for 12b-1 fee and revenue sharing infractions.
Aventura Capital Management has become the latest firm charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with revenue sharing and 12b-1 fee violations.
The SEC’s action cites breaches of fiduciary duty by Aventura Capital, a registered investment adviser, in connection with the receipt of fees by its affiliate Aventura Securities LLC, a registered broker-dealer, from Aventura Capital’s advisory clients’ investments.
Aventura is ordered to pay a total of $938,756: disgorgement of $623,324, prejudgment interest of $90,432 and a civil money penalty of $225,000.
Aventura Capital Management LLC is a limited liability company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Aventura Capital’s March 31 Form ADV, Part 1 filing reports regulatory assets under management of $123 million.
According to the SEC complaint, at various times from December 2015 to June 2022, Aventura Securities received compensation including:
- fees Aventura Securities received when Aventura Capital purchased, recommended, or held for Aventura Capital’s advisory clients mutual fund share classes that paid 12b-1 fees pursuant instead of available lower-cost share classes of the same funds;
- fees Aventura Securities received from its clearing broker as a result of Aventura Capital’s advisory clients’ uninvested cash being swept into share classes of certain money market mutual funds instead of lower-cost share classes of the same money market funds; and
- mark-ups and mark-downs that Aventura Securities received when Aventura Capital directed certain trades on behalf of clients without disclosing the capacity in which Aventura Capital was acting, without providing prior written disclosure to, and obtaining consent from clients, in advance of each transaction, and without disclosing the compensation that Aventura Securities received from such trading.
First, from December 2015 to June 2022, Aventura Capital did not adequately disclose in its Forms ADV or otherwise its practice to select mutual fund share classes that paid 12b-1 fees, or the resulting conflict of interest.