Securities fraud, also known as stock fraud and investment fraud, is a deceptive practice in the stock or commodities markets, that induces investors to make purchase or sale decisions that are based on false information, frequently resulting in losses that are also in violation of securities laws.

Issuers registered on public exchanges in the United States are subject to SEC laws and regulations. Each year, some will face inquiries about alleged financial fraud. Allegations usually point to misleading financial statements, accounting irregularities, intentional violations of GAAP and false or inaccurate disclosures in periodic public filings. Meanwhile, securities regulators and law enforcement agencies worldwide have stepped up coordination in identifying fraud red flags.

The DLA Forensic Accounting, Business Valuation, and Litigation Support practice provide multidisciplinary, independent dispute advisory, investigative, data acquisition and analysis, and forensic accounting services to investors, businesses and the legal community. Our team supports clients who face high stakes securities litigation, arbitration and compliance investigations, and regulatory investigations.