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FINRA Issues Investor Alert on Private Placements

An investor alert has been issued by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The alert warns investors that private placements are risky and can tie up funds for a significant period of time.

A private placement is an offering of securities by a company that is not offered to the public at large and is not registered with the SEC. Many of these offerings are made pursuant to Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933. Generally, one must be an “accredited investor” to make an investment in a private placement. Institutions such as banks and insurance companies, and organizations or trusts with assets of $5 million or more, are accredited investors.

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