According to stock fraud lawyers, a recent announcement by Healthcare Trust of America Inc. stated that the company will be advised by Wells Fargo Securities LLC in connection with the listing, on the New York Stock Exchange, of its Class A common stock. Healthcare Trust of America will be guided through the listing processes by Wells Fargo, positioning it for its next move in becoming a publicly-traded REIT. Healthcare Trust of America expects to be listed on the NYSE on or around June 6, 2012, and this move is intended to provide current stockholders with staged, phased-in liquidity.
Healthcare Trust of America is hoping for an IPO price of $10.10 per share minimum, but considering Inland Western REIT’s recent IPO and the fact that it was set much lower than was anticipated, stock fraud lawyers are monitoring the situation with Healthcare Trust of America as it unfolds to see if its investors will suffer the same kinds of losses experienced by Inland Western’s investors. Healthcare Trust of America investors should pay close attention to what happens with the investment’s IPO because if it follows in the footsteps of Inland Western, they could have a valid securities arbitration claim.
Securities fraud attorneys have stated that as illiquid, non-traded investments, many REITs are not a suitable investment for all investors. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority rules have established that firms have an obligation to fully disclose all the risks of a given investment when making recommendations, and those recommendations must be suitable for the individual investor receiving the recommendation. Furthermore, brokerage firms must, before approving an investment’s sale to a customer, conduct a reasonable investigation of the securities and issuer.
If you suffered losses as a result of your broker’s unsuitable recommendation of a risky REIT, you may have a valid securities arbitration claim. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact a securities fraud attorney at The Law Office of Christopher J. Gray at (866) 966-9598 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.