Coral Gables, FL (Vocus) October 15, 2010
The Securities Law Firm of Tramont Guerra & Nunez, P.A. (TGN) comments on bank holding company, Sonoma Valley Bancorp (“Sonoma Valley”) and its banking subsidiary placed into receivership on August 20, 2010. Sonoma Valley was incorporated under California law in 2000 for the purpose of forming a single-bank holding company structure. The business operations were conducted through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sonoma Valley Bank. Losses sustained in bank lending activities have led to substantial losses for Sonoma Valley shareholders. Investors in Sonoma Valley stock should consider what recourse is available to recover their investment losses in stock held in full-service brokerage accounts. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, (FINRA) is a self regulating organization with sales practice rules and regulations that govern the securities industry’s conduct and safeguard the investing public. For investors who accumulated shares in Sonoma Valley, the recent developments represent a significant loss.
For many investors, Sonoma Valley stock represented a long term holding acquired through investment, inheritance or as a founding member. Full-service brokerage firms are obligated to give, and investors are entitled to rely upon, brokerage firms for competent, suitable investment advice concerning risk management strategies for concentrated stock positions. When an account is concentrated in a single stock position, it is considered suitable to recommend the implementation of risk management strategies to protect the value of the concentrated position. Brokerage firms are required to supervise the activities in brokerage accounts, losses from securities concentration can be attributed to the failure to adequately supervise the stockbroker and the brokerage account. Recommendations of unsuitable investments and/or maintaining unprotected concentrated stock positions are both causes of action that may be available to investors against their full-service brokerage firm in an individual securities arbitration claim filed with FINRA.
The Securities Law Firm of Tramont Guerra & Nunez, PA, is a nationally recognized, Martindale Hubbell “AV” rated securities law firm. To request a confidential consultation from a TGN attorney to determine whether you have a viable individual securities arbitration claim for investment losses that exceed $250,000 from a full service brokerage account, contact us on our website. To speak directly with an attorney, call (800) 578-0137 and ask for Ben Fernandez, Esquire.