Securities law is the branch of law encompassing federal and state statutes, as well as Security and Exchange Commission regulations, governing the purchase and sale of securities.
For example, requirements under the Securities Act of 1933
are designed to provide investors with financial information concerning the initial public offerings of securities and to prohibit misrepresentation in the sale of securities, including prospectuses and the registration of securities. Violations of securities laws are usually prosecuted as white collar crimes.
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