Category Archives: Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Michael Christians-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Discloses Regulatory Investigation-Plano, TX

June 2018- Plano, TX

The FINRA records of Michael S. Christians  , a stock broker who is not currently registered and who was last employed by Morgan Stanley , disclose a currently pending regulatory event, 2 prior customer disputes, a pending investigation and a termination from employment.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In February 2018 FINRA initiated a regulatory investigation after a customer of Morgan Stanley alleged that Christians falsely signed her name to firm documents.

Christians  was employed by Morgan Stanley  since 6/2009 until 1/2018 when he was discharged after the firm learned of the false signing of a client on firm documents.

If you have questions about  an account handled by Michael S. Christians , call for a no charge consultation.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Kyle Ridenour-Wells Fargo Stockbroker-Subject of Customer Suit Alleging Investments in High Risk/Speculative Stocks-Edmond, OK

March 2018- Edmond, Oklahoma

The FINRA records of David Kyle Ridenour , a stockbroker who is currently employed  by Wells Fargo Clearing Services , disclose a pending customer dispute and two prior customer disputes.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In February 2018 a customer of Wells Fargo filed a FINRA complaint alleging that Ridenour made unsuitable investment recommendations in high risk speculative stocks and bonds. The complaint alleged damages in excess of $250,000.

In 2017, another customer of Wells Fargo was paid $47,500 to resolve allegations that RIdenour had made risky and aggressive investment recommendations in energy securities. The customer also alleged that Ridenour had made trades without first consulting with the customer.

Ridenour has been employed by Wells Fargo since 2012. Prior to that he was employed by Morgan Stanley.

If you have questions about an account handled by Kyle Ridenour contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

National Toll Free: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Vicente Davila-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Discloses -Customer Complaint/Discharged From Employment-Houston, TX

March 2018- Houston, TX

The FINRA records of Vicente Davila, a stockbroker who is not currently registered with any broker dealer and who was last employed by Morgan Stanley , disclose a recently resolved customer dispute,  and a termination from employment.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In February 2018 a customer of Morgan Stanley filed a complaint alleging that he had loaned money to Davila and that additional funds were missing from his account for the time period of June 2017 – December 2017. In February 2018 that matter was settled for $77,684.

Vicente Davila was employed by Morgan Stanley since 4/2016. In February 2018 he was discharged by Morgan Stanley who made the following allegations on Davila’s FINRA record: “Allegations regarding the representative’s undisclosed loan from a client and his conduct involving subsequent money transfers from the same client’s account to a personal bank account of the representative and his wife.”

Davila was employed by Merrill Lynch from 11/2009-5/2016.

If you have questions about an account handled by Vicente Davila contact us for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

National Toll Free: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Richard Shotz-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Suspended by Regulator for Sale of UITs-Daytona Beach, FL

March 2018- Daytona Beach, Florida

The FINRA records of  Richard Alan Shotz  ,  a  stockbroker who was last employed by  Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley disclose a recent regulatory matter resulting in his suspension.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In January 2018, to resolve allegations that while he was employed by Morgan Stanley he engaged in an unsuitable pattern of short term trading of unit investment trusts (UITs) in customer accounts,  Richard Shotz was suspended for four months (2/20/2018-6/19/2018 and fined $7,500. FINRA Case 2015048039501.

The FINRA findings stated that in connection with 486 accounts Shotz repeatedly recommended that the customers purchase UITs then sell the products before their maturity dates. Most of the UITs he recommended had maturity dates of 24 months but were only held an average of 143 days. Shotz recommendations caused the customers to incur unnecessary sales charges and were unsuitable in light of the frequency and cost of the transactions.

In March 2018 Maryland securities regulators revoked Shotz’s registration.

Shotz has been employed by Wells Fargo since 10/2015. Prior to that he was with Morgan Stanley.

If you have losses in UITs purchased upon the recommendation or other questions about an account  handled by Richard Shotz call for a no charge consultation to discuss your options.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Steven Yellen-Former Ameriprise Broker-Discloses Discharge from Employment-El Paso, Texas

February 2018 – El Paso, Texas

According to publicly available records Steven T. Yellen , (CRD# 1281663) ,  a  stockbroker who is not currently registered with any broker dealer and who was last employed by Ameriprise Financial Services disclose that he was recently discharged by Ameriprise Financial Services.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In January 2018 Ameriprise discharged Yellen and made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “Registered representative was discharged for violations of company policy related to outside business activities and options trading.”

Yellen was the subject of a customer dispute while employed by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. In 11/2015 Morgan Stanley paid a customer $5,000 to resolve allegations that Yellen did not follow instructions to transfer stocks to their children.

Yellen was employed by Ameriprise Financial Services from 3/2016-1/2018.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Steven Yellen , contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss your legal options.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870