According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) financial advisor Ariel Rivero (Rivero) has at least two disclosable events. These events include two customer complaints alleging that Rivero engaged in some form of investment related misconduct in the handling of the client’s accounts. Rivero is currently employed by Insigneo Securities, LLC (Insigneo). Rivero’s customer complaints alleges that Rivero recommended unsuitable investments in different investment products including options, ETFs, and private placements that include LMS Investments LLC and Octagon, S.A.
In April 2022 a customer complained that Rivero violated the securities laws by alleging that Rivero breached their fiduciary duties by recommending, failing to supervise the recommendation of, and misrepresenting the risks and facts related to two unsuitable outside investments. The investor alleged damages of $999,999 and the claim is currently pending.
In September 2021 a customer complained that Rivero violated the securities laws by alleging that Rivero breached fiduciary duties by placing the investor into unsuitable and risky investments; unauthorized use of client funds; and failure to supervise and to maintain adequate system of supervision from late 2020 onward. The claim settled for $260,000.
Under the securities laws brokers are obligated to act in their clients’ best interests and provide only suitable recommendations for investments to the client. In addition, the SEC has promulgated “Regulation Best Interest” which according to the SEC enhanced the broker-dealer standard of conduct beyond existing suitability obligations and requires broker-dealers to act in the best interest of a retail customer when making a recommendation of any securities transaction or investment strategy involving securities. Regulation Best Interest and the fiduciary standard for investment advisers are drawn from key fiduciary principles that include an obligation to act in the retail investor’s best interest and not to place their own interests ahead of the investor’s interest.
Brokers have an obligation to first obtain and evaluate sufficient information about a retail investor to form a reasonable basis to believe the account recommendations are in the retail investor’s best interest. Recommendations cannot be based on materially inaccurate or incomplete information. Material information always includes information concerning the investor as well as the cost of the recommendation. Types of costs that must be considered including account fees, commissions and transaction costs, tax considerations, as well as indirect costs.
In addition to obligation to understand the customer the broker must also investigate the product being sold. FINRA firms have an obligation to conduct a reasonable investigation of the issuer and the securities they recommend in offerings. A brokerage firm has a special relationship with a customer from the fact that in recommending the security, the broker represents to the customer that a reasonable investigation has been made. Accordingly, a brokerage firm may not rely blindly upon the issuer for information concerning a company in lieu of conducting its own reasonable investigation.
Additional investor safeguards include broker disclosure requirements. Brokers must publicly disclose reportable events on their BrokerCheck reports that include customer complaints, IRS tax liens, judgments, investigations, terminations, and even criminal matters. FINRA has acknowledged that recent studies provide evidence of the predictability of future regulatory and customer complaint issues for brokers with a history of such events. FINRA’s Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) published a study showing the predictability of disciplinary and disclosure events based on past similar events. The OCE study showed that past disclosure events, including regulatory actions, customer arbitrations and litigations of brokers, have significant power to predict future investor harm. The data shows that where a member firm on-boards brokers with a significant history of misconduct there is a high likelihood that the broker will continue to engage in similar behavior.
Rivero entered the securities industry in 2000. From October 2015 until June of 2016 Rivero was registered with Oppenheimer & Co. From May 2015 until January 2022 Rivero was associated with Jefferies LLC. Since December 2021 Rivero has been registered with Insigneo out of the firm’s Miami, Florida office location.
Investors who have suffered losses are encouraged to contact us at (800) 810-4262 for consultation. At Gana Weinstein LLP, our attorneys are experienced representing investors who have suffered securities losses due to the mishandling of their accounts. Claims may be brought in securities arbitration before FINRA. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.