Broker Terminated By His Firm for Outside Business Activities

Posted on February 11th, 2015 at 8:34 AM

 From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices:

According to a recent FINRA disclosure, Vadim Lubarsky resigned from his firm, Commonwealth Financial Network, for failing to disclose an outside business activity and his associated involvement with the sale of promissory notes without approval by his brokerage firm.

In the securities industry, when a stockbroker like Vadim Lubarsky sells investments such as promissory notes which are not approved by the brokerage firm it is called “selling away”. Brokerage firm may be held liable for losses in those investments to their customers even if the investment itself was not approved. Moreover, because brokerage firms like Commonwealth have a regulatory duty to supervise their brokers, regulators routinely bring enforcement actions against not only the reps but increasingly also against the supervisors. 

 The attorneys of Eccleston Law Offices represent investors and advisers nationwide in securities and employment matters. Our attorneys draw on a combined experience of nearly 65 years in delivering the highest quality legal services.

Related Attorneys: James J. Eccleston

Tags: Eccleston Law, Vadim Lubarsky, FINRA, Commonwealth Financial Network

Return to Archive



If the regulators are after you, and are trying to make a case against you, and you are going to contest their allegations against you, make sure you have the best securities industry defense lawyers, Eccleston Law Firm. My case was spun into a combination of penalties including fines, cash settlements, CE courses and suspension. They were the best I have seen in action. When all was said and done, they had done their magic, my situation was negotiated and settled with a simple "letter of caution" and a case closed without action. It is the most important legal business decision you will ever make, make it Eccleston Law.

Rick R.


October 27, 2021
Former LPL Advisor Suspended For Completing 22 Trades Absent Client Consent

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has suspended and fined a former LPL advisor who allegedly completed 22 trades on behalf of a client without obtaining written consent. FINRA has issued a $5,000 fine and has suspended Michael Hartlett for 10 days.

October 26, 2021
Former Advisor Fails To Reverse Bar After Alleged $1 Million Theft From RBC

A former RBC Wealth Management advisor lost his bid to reverse an industry bar, according to an appellate decision issued by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

October 25, 2021
Firms Walk Thin Regulatory Line In Referring Self-Directed Clients To Advisors

While online trading platforms have surged in popularity during the pandemic, brokerage firms view self-directed investors as a source of new clients.