New York Securities Lawyer For Structured Product Investment Dispute
New York has thousands of stock brokerage firms and investment advisory offices. With so many stock brokerage firms and investment advisory offices, comes the potential for their stockbrokers, financial advisors, and other representatives to misrepresent and mislead investors about investing in Structured Products and engage in all kinds of stockbroker misconduct which violates Federal and New York securities laws and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules and stock brokerage firms policies and procedures.
For example, Trident Partners Ltd. submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC) in which it has been censured and received a fine of $50,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for failing to properly supervise the sales and suitability of steepeners, a complex, structured product.
According to FINRA findings, Trident Partners with headquarters in Woodbury, New York, failed to establish, maintain, and enforce a supervisory system to ensure that recommendations for its sale of steepeners were suitable. Steepeners are complex, structured products that are typically longer-term notes and certificates of deposit with maturities ranging from 10 to 30 years and are callable by the issuers after a short, pre-specified time. They pay higher interest rates, but if the steepener is not called after a year, the rates can fall as low as zero, earning no returns for the remainder of the term. FINRA alleged that during the relevant period, steepeners were a significant part of Trident Partners’ business, with approximately 1,600 transactions accounting for at least 10% of commissions generated.
FINRA’s findings stated, Trident Partners’ supervisory system was unreasonable due to the following: (1) there were no written supervisory procedures (WSPs) specific to steepeners; (2) Trident Partners did not have a system in place to conduct due diligence and evaluate the steepeners it intended to sell; (3) Trident Partners did not provide its representatives with training or guidance necessary to determine the risks and suitability of these complex products; and (4) Trident Partners did not use a supervisory system for monitoring suitability and over-concentration of these products in customer accounts. Trident Partners, without admitting or denying FINRA’s findings, was censured and fined $50,000.Experienced Securities Attorneys For Investors With Structured Product Losses In FINRA Arbitrations Throughout New York and Nationwide
Structured products are complex investments and do not represent ownership of any portfolio of assets but rather are promises to pay made by the product issuers. If the issuer, like Lehman Brothers, goes bankrupt, the principal protected notes become worthless. Structured notes with principal protection typically reflect the combination of a zero-coupon bond, which pays no interest until the bond matures, with an option or other derivative product whose payoff is linked to an underlying asset, index or benchmark. In the past, they were only offered to sophisticated institutional investors in negotiated transactions. Today, more and more Structured Products are advertised to generate higher yields for income seeking retirees with promises of hedges to protect principal. The underlying asset, index or benchmark of Structured Products can vary widely from commonly cited market benchmarks to foreign equity indices, currencies, commodities, spreads between interest rates or “hybrid” baskets of various asset types which many stockbrokers do not fully understand and consequently misrepresent the risk associated with those investments.
Did your New York stockbroker or investment advisor misrepresent or mislead you about the nature, mechanics or risks in making a Structured Product investment or make an unsuitable recommendation that you invest in a Structured Product or otherwise mismanage your investment account? If so, you need to hire an experienced, highly-rated and nationally recognized FINRA securities arbitration law attorney who understands these very complex and risky investments.
You will also need an experienced lawyer who knows FINRA rules and procedures inside and out and how to handle these FINRA arbitration cases and other complex legal issues. By hiring a top rated and highly successful lawyer like Robert Wayne Pearce with over 40 years of experience with Structured Products by practicing securities law on both sides of the table in FINRA arbitration proceedings, you will clearly see that Attorney Pearce doesn’t just handle cases—he aggressively represents investors and is one of the best attorneys to recover your investment losses in Structured Products and all types of stockbroker misconduct in FINRA arbitration proceedings!
At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., we represent investors in all kinds of Structured Product investment disputes in FINRA arbitration and mediation proceedings. We handle a wide range of practice areas such as fraud and misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, failure to supervise, and unsuitable recommendations of Structured Products. Attorney Pearce and his staff represent investors throughout New York, and across the United States on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis, which means you pay nothing - NO FEES-NO COSTS - unless we put money in your pocket after receiving a settlement or FINRA arbitration award.
The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. are highly experienced attorneys who successfully handle Structured Product cases and other securities law matters and investment disputes in FINRA arbitration proceedings, and who work tirelessly to secure the best possible result for you and your case. For dedicated representation by a lawyer with over 40 years of experience and success in Structured Product cases and all kinds of securities law and investment disputes serving New York citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail.