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Investigation-William A. Hightower-Former UBS/Legacy Asset Broker-Houston, TX

OCTOBER 2017- Houston, TX

We are currently investigating former stockbroker William A. Hightower of Houston, TX, on behalf of a former UBS Financial Services client who alleges Hightower recommended that she invest in an unsuitable and illiquid investment, Reproductive Research Technologies.

Hightower was employed by UBS Financial Services from 2007-2013 and then by Legacy Asset Securities from 2013-2015.

In October 2015 Hightower was permanently barred from the securities industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Without admitting or denying the findings, Hightower agreed to the bar and to entry of findings that while employed by UBS Financial he failed to respond to requests for information  in connection with a FINRA investigation that he improperly referred customers to an unapproved private securities transaction. Specifically, Hightower failed to provide a list of any customers he referred to the private securities transaction.

FINRA records report that former UBS Financial Services stockbroker William A. Hightower is named in  currently pending FINRA arbitration case #15-03387 by a former customer who is seeking damages of $150,000 from UBS Financial Services.

The former UBS Financial Services customer alleges that in 2012 Hightower recommended the purchase of a high risk, illiquid and unsuitable private placement. Claimant further alleges omissions and misrepresentations regarding the recommended investment.

If you have losses in an account handled by William Hightower, call for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover damages from his former employer.

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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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

German Mora-Former Merrill Lynch Broker-Discloses Terminations From Employment-San Antonio, TX

April 2017- San Antonio, Texas

The FINRA records of  German Ricardo Mora ,  a  former Merrill Lynch stockbroker who is currently not registered discloses two recent terminations 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 November 2016, German Mora was discharged by Merrill Lynch who made the following comment in connection with the termination of Mora: “Conduct including exercising time and price discretion in client accounts and mismarking trades as unsolicited” .

In January 2017 Mora was discharged by his new employer Wells Fargo Clearing Services who made this comment in connection therewith: “Provided inaccurate information regarding discharge at prior employer. “

German Mora  was employed by Merrill Lynch from 1/2015-12/2016. His industry employment prior to that includes BBVA Securities, CP Capital Securities and UBS Financial.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by German Mora  , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those 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

Bassam A. Salem-Wunderlich Securities Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Dispute

Birmingham, Michigan

According to FINRA records,  Bassam A. Salem,  a stockbroker  who currently works for Wunderlich Securities ,  discloses  a pending customer dispute and a prior final customer dispute.

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 a currently pending FINRA Case #16-01161, a customer  alleges damages of $281,000 for unsuitability, unauthorized trading, failure to supervise and breach of fiduciary duty from 2011-2015.

In a prior case FINRA Case #9-2531 a customer while Salem was employed by UBS Financial alleged damages of $300,000 for unsuitable investments and failure to diversify. That case was settled for $92,500.

Salem  has been employed by Wunderlich Securities  since 1/2011. Prior to that he was employed by UBS Financial.

If you have questions about an account handled  by Bassam A. Salem , 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

Robert M. Kuhn-Former UBS Broker-DIscloses Customer Dispute and Regulatory Matter-Plano, TX

Plano, Texas

According to FINRA records, Robert M. Kuhn  a stock broker who worked for UBS Financial Services from  9/2011-11/2015 discloses a regulatory matter that has been finalized , a pending customer dispute  and 3 outstanding judgement/liens.

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 May 2016, the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) suspended Kuhn in his capacity as an investment adviser representative for 30 days and fined him $5,000. The TSSB alleged that Kuhn had personally guaranteed multiple lines of credit on behalf of a private company he invested in, but did not disclose this loan guarantee to UBS.  That company failed and liens were filed against Kuhn who failed to timely disclose the liens on FINRA reporting forms in violation of the Texas Securities Act.

A dispute received in March 2016 alleges damages of $100,000 by a customer who alleges that he was lead to believe by Kuhn that the principal of an annuity was protected against market loss and could never go down. The customer also alleges that the annuity is unsuitable.

If you have questions about an account handled by Robert M. Kuhn, 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

Thomas G. Gresham-Moloney Securities-Named in Arbitration for Energy Sector Losses

Overland Park, KS

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 records,  stockbroker Thomas G. Gresham , who is currently registered with Moloney Securities,  discloses thirteen prior customer disputes, including:

  • A 10/2015 complaint by a customer while Gresham was registered with Wells Fargo Advisors who alleged unsuitable recommendations, failure to supervise, violations of Kansas Securities Act. That claim was settled for $110,000.
  • A 7/2015 complaint by a customer while Gresham was registered with Wells Fargo Advisors who alleged unsuitable recommendations, failure to supervise, violations of Kansas Securities Act. That claim was settled for $335,000.
  • FINRA Case 14-01834 in which a customer while Gresham was registered with Wells Fargo Advisors alleged excessive and unsuitable trading and misappropriation of customer funds. That case was settled for $175,000.

Gresham  discloses a currently pending customer dispute (FINRA Case 15-0633) by a customer of Moloney Securities who seeks damages of $150,000 on energy sector investments, including master limited partnerships (MLPs) .

Gresham  has been registered with Moloney Securities since 7/2012. Prior to that he was registered with UBS Financial from 10/2008-5/2012. He was discharged from UBS Financial in 5/2012 and UBS made the following allegation on his FINRA record:

“Mr. Gresham’s employment was terminated when his managers lost confidence in his willingness to abide by the firm’s order entry policies because (1 )he mismarked solicited trades as unsolicited after previous discipline for excercising discretion and (2) he did not give satisfactory answers in connection with the firm’s review of the mismarking”

If you have questions about an account handled by Thomas G. Gresham  contact us to discuss your options and 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

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870