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SECLaw.com has been online since 1995 and is the result of the work of noted securities attorney Mark Astarita. Mark represents individual and institutional investors, as well as broker-dealers, investment advisers, financial professionals, across the country. Mark has represented parties in over 700 securities arbitrations and investigations, before FINRA, the SEC, and the various commodity exchanges. He has helped brokers, advisers, and their firms through the regulatory and compliance maze, and he should be able to help you. To find out, email Mark or if you are on a mobile, call his office now for a free consultation.


Securities Law News

Being a branch manager has always been a tough job, and in recent years it hasn't become any easier. On Wall Street honors 100 of them in their annual awards.Top 100 branch managers for 2017 | On... Read more...
SEC heightens exam focus on robo advisers Under newly confirmed Chairman Jay Clayton, the SEC is setting its sights on expanded protections for retail investors, planning a series of RIA... Read more...
Securities attorneys are investigating the action brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ) involving property acquired by Mark Sellers who was accused of a $10 million investment fraud and who shot... Read more...
Moody Investments  Some attorneys are claiming to be investigating Moody National CY DT Columbus S TIC and other Tenant in Common investments.A tenant-in-common investment ("TIC") is an... Read more...
Arbitrator selection has always been one of the most important parts of the arbitration process, and FINRA has strived over the years to make the process fair. Unfortunately, it is not as transparent... Read more...

Featured Articles

Broker Pays the Price for Ignoring Arbitration. Lessons Learned: You cannot ignore an arbitration complaint. You will lose, and the award will become a judgment. Plus – FINRA’s two-year jurisdiction retention does not limit your arbitration agreement.

Tips for Responding to a SEC Subpoena. Being forced to participate in a SEC investigation, even as a witness, can be a harrowing experience, and this is true whether you are a market professional, the CEO of a regulated entity, or an investor. How you respond to the initial inquiry, and how you manage the events as the investigation continues often determines the outcome of that investigation.

Parking Stock Is Illegal. It seems that every once in a while securities professionals need to be reminded that conduct that they think is done in the “ordinary course of business” is actually a securities law violation, with significant consequences.

Introductions and Primers

Introduction to the Federal Securities Laws An introduction to the laws which govern the purchase and sale of securities in the United States, including the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Introduction to the Blue Sky Laws (State Securities Laws) Each state has its own securities laws, rules and regulations. This article provides an overview to the function and purpose of those state laws, known as “blue sky laws.”

Introduction to Securities Arbitration Veteran securities arbitration attorney Mark Astarita’s Securities Arbitration Overview. Downloaded tens of thousands of times, one of our most popular articles. Mark Astarita has represented parties in over 600 arbitrations. This walkthrough of the process takes the reader step by step, from start to finish.

Insider Trading – The Legal and Illegal The term “insider trading” refers to two types of trading, one that is legal, and the other that is not. An overview of the illegal type of insider trading.

Introduction to Private Placements Securities offerings which are not made to the general public are called private placements, and are exempt from registration with the securities regulators.  A description of the exemption, and the private placement process.

Registration and Regulation of Investment Advisers An overview of the requirements and procedures for registration of investment advisers and hedge fund managers.

Guide to Broker-Dealer Registration We updated and improved the SEC’s original guide. This article is a comprehensive guide to the registration process to create and manage a securities broker-dealer.
SEC Law Firm – don’t be fooled by imitators. There is only SECLaw Firm


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