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Matthew Singer- Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Customer Suits Over Option Investments- Aventura, FL

August 2018 – Aventura, FL

The FINRA records of  Matthew Singer,  a  broker previously employed by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney disclose 3 prior customer disputes and a regulatory event.

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 March of 2018,  without admitting or denying the findings, Singer consented to sanctions and entry of findings that he refused to appear for FINRA on-the-record testimony in connection with its investigation into whether Singer made unsuitable options recommendations to customers.   In March of 2018, Singer was permanently barred from the securities industry.

In December of 2016,  a client of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney,  filed FINRA Case 16-1063 and alleged unauthorized trading and misrepresentation with respect option investments from May 2015 to January 2016.    The case settled for $60,000.

In October of 2015, a client of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, filed FINRA case 15-2767 alleging  that  Singer recommended investments were recommended that were not suitable for their level of risk.   The case was settled for $365,000.

If you have losses in an account  handled by Matthew Singer , 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

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

Charles Lawrence-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Subject of Regulatory Investigation- Palm Harbor, FL

May 2018-Palm Harbor, Florida

The FINRA records of  Charles J. Lawrence,  a  stockbroker who currently is employed by  R. F. Lafferty & Co.  disclose a pending regulatory investigation and a recent employment separation after allegations.

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 March 2016, Lawrence was discharged from Morgan Stanley who made the following allegations on his FINRA record: “Allegations involving adherence to industry rules and/or firm policy regarding use of trading discretion.”

In January 2018 Lawrence was sent a Wells Notice indicating that FINRA has made a preliminary determination to recommend that disciplinary action be brought against him alleging potential violations of NASD Rules 2510 (Discretionary Accounts)  and 2310 (Recommendations to Customers) and FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles).

Lawrence  was registered with Morgan Stanley from 6/2009-4/2016. He has been registered with R.F. Lafferty since 4/2016.

What is Discretionary Authority ?

 In this context, it means that the broker makes trades in the customer’s account without first consulting the customer. It means that the broker can decide how much of a security to buy or sell, and at what price, without customer input. Generally discretionary trading in an investor account is only allowed if the investor has authorized the broker to do so in writing and the brokerage firm has approved the account for discretionary trading.

If a broker makes trades in an account without having discretionary authority and without first consulting with the customer, that is generally considered to be an unauthorized trade and the customer may be entitled to damages for any losses.

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

Losses on an Investment in Tezos? Options for Recovery

April 2018-New York

Arthur R. Meunier (a/k/a Robert Breitman, a/k/a Robert Meunier-Breitman) entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) agreeing to a two year suspension and a fine of $20,000, to resolve allegations that his involvement in an outside business activity violated firm and industry rules.

According to the FINRA AWC, Breitman, who used the pseudonym L.M. Goodman to conceal his identity,  began developing Tezos, a blockchain technology and network originally intended for use in connection with over the counter securities transactions. Breitman, a french citizen,  did not tell his employer Morgan Stanley about his involvement in Tezos, as required by firm rules and he made false statements on firm compliance questionnaires.

Breitman created and distributed a business plan for Tezos to prospective investors that failed to provide a balanced presentation and sound basis for evaluating an investment in Tezos.

Tezos raised $232 million earlier this year through an initial coin offering but has since been embroiled in controversy and has yet to issue any tokens to contributors, according to press reports.

According to FINRA records, Breitman was employed by Morgan Stanley from 9/2013-4/2016.

If you invested in Tezos on the recommendation of a registered broker, you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration. 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

Timothy T. Gibbons-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Ordered to Pay Former Customers $749K-New Orleans,LA

November 2017-New Orleans, LA

According to FINRA records,   without admitting or denying the findings, Timothy T. Gibbons a former Morgan Stanley broker,  entered into an agreement with FINRA to resolve allegations that he made unsuitable investment recommendations to five elderly customers ranging in age from 72 to 90.

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.

According to FINRA Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2015047910601, Gibbons over concentrated the accounts of these elderly clients in a single energy related investment. The concentration level in the customer’s accounts ranged from 65% to 79%.

The recommendation to invest in such a manner was unsuitable based on the customer’s age, risk tolerance, investment objectives and financial circumstances. FINRA Rule 2111(a) requires stockbrokers to have a reasonable basis to believe that a recommended transaction or investment strategy is suitable for the customer taking those and other factors such as tax status, investment experience time horizon and liquidity needs, into account.

Gibbons, who was employed by Morgan Stanley from 2009-2015,  was suspended from association with any FINRA member for 18 months, fined $20,000 and ordered to pay partial restitution to the customers of $716,750.

If you have questions about an account handled  by Timothy Gibbons or if you believe your broker over concentrated your portfolio in energy stocks or made other unsuitable recommendations, 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