Piper Jaffray & Company
Let Meyer Wilson Recover Your Losses
Piper Jaffray is a middle-market investment banking firm. The firm joined
the New York Stock Exchange in 1929, became publicly held in 1971, and
in 1986 common stock of Piper Jaffray began trading on NASDAQ under the
symbol PIPR. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray now has 33 offices
with nearly 1,000 employees. In 2003, it became an independent company
following its spin-off from U.S. Bancorp. (NYSE: PJC).
While Piper Jaffray has managed to avoid having too many large disciplinary
actions taken against it by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
(FINRA), it unfortunately has an extensive history of small fines that
have been issued in the last decade. Whether this is a result of better
investigation by FINRA or lax leadership at Piper Jaffray is unknown –
either way, it does not bode well for investors. In the last 5 years alone,
FINRA has issued 6 fines against PJ & Co. totaling $790,000. One of
those fines was $700,000 for continuous and massive losses of emails that
may have obstructed a FINRA investigation while reducing transparency
at the firm.
The loss of email communications means that the firm has millions of emails
in thousands of conversations that are no longer able to be monitored
by Piper Jaffray, FINRA, the SEC, or any regulatory authority. That creates
massive holes in the ability to keep Piper Jaffray accountable for its
actions and the actions of its brokers. Potential investors may see this
as a red flag.
Investor Rights and FINRA Rules
As a FINRA-licensed brokerage firm, Piper Jaffray & Company is legally
obligated to oversee the actions of every single one of its representatives
to ensure ethical, competent trading. Ideally, monitoring brokers carefully
would allow firms to catch fraudulent or negligent actions early, sparing
investors any losses. However, in the event that a Piper Jaffray representative
trades in such a way that is unethical, dishonest, or illegal and causes
an investor significant losses,
FINRA laws allow investors to hold the firm legally liable to pay back
any damages caused. Under financial regulatory rules, investment firms have the responsibility
to rebuild your assets for you if you have lost them wrongly on their watch.
Get Experienced Help from Our Investor Loss Attorneys
Though FINRA allows you to recover your losses back from Piper Jaffray
in the event of fraudulent trading,
their primary duty is to police financial institutions, not provide fraud
victims with restitution. That’s where Meyer Wilson can step in. Our experienced investment
fraud lawyers have the extensive resources and skills to combat financial
giants like Piper Jaffray on your behalf.
We make sure your voice is heard, even in the midst of complex, highly-publicized disciplinary and criminal
trials. We can conduct claims against Piper Jaffray and firms like them
in state and federal court nationwide, as well as in private arbitration
through FINRA and the American Arbitration Association, or AAA. No matter
how well-established the firm, our lawyers can help.
Meyer Wilson refuses to let firms get away with defrauding you. Contact us for a
free case evaluation to explore your options.