Guard Against Securities Fraud
Our Miami Litigation Attorney Can Protect Your Interests
Brokers, financial advisors and corporations that engage in securities fraud can cause investors significant financial harm. Matthew Seth Sarelson, P.A., promoting a new standard of excellence in the legal field, helps investors identify and avoid potentially fraudulent situations and fights for investors’ rights and recovery.
Common examples of securities fraud include:
- Insider trading, when one makes trades based on information that is not available to the public
- Accounting fraud, such as keeping inaccurate books or presenting knowingly false information
- Misrepresentation, when one provides misleading or false information to investors or the public
Many securities fraud cases in the United States involve false statements or omissions of information, a violation of Rule 10b-5 of the Securities Exchange Act. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) monitors the securities market and enforces federal securities laws, including Rule 10b-5. State securities laws exist as well, known as Blue Sky Laws.
Large institutional investors and small individual investors typically rely on a broker or advisor to help them navigate the stock market and execute trades in their best interests. Unfortunately, as the world learned in 2008 when the SEC charged Bernie Madoff with securities fraud, even someone respected on Wall Street as a trusted advisor can prey on investors. The Madoff securities fraud, which shook investor confidence on a global scale, reinforced the need for investors to be vigilant in protecting their assets.
When an investor suspects he or she may be the victim of securities fraud, an experienced Miami litigation attorney can help that investor evaluate the situation and pursue all remedies available under the law. Investors can also take the following actions to help protect their assets:
- Ask questions about potential investments and verify the veracity of the answers
- Research a company before investing in it
- Check the background of any person selling an investment, including licensing and disciplinary records
- Be wary of unsolicited offers, such as those received by fax or email
Despite regulations intended to protect investors, securities fraud persists, and investors must always be on guard against such fraud. An aggressive Miami litigation lawyer can help investors protect their assets, and our firm will continue to fight tirelessly for investors who have been wronged by unscrupulous brokers, advisors and corporations. Investors who are concerned about stock trades executed on their behalf can contact securities fraud attorney Matthew Seth Sarelson, P.A. today to learn about their rights under state and federal securities laws.