John Thomas Financial

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John Thomas Financial
Type Corporation
Industry Independent Broker-dealer/Wealth Management
Founded 2007
Founder(s) Thomas Belesis, CEO and President
Headquarters 14 Wall Street
New York City, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Products Financial Services
Employees ~200 Financial Advisers (As of January 2011)[1]

John Thomas Financial was a privately held financial services firm located in the Financial District of New York City. It closed in July 2013 after its founder, Anastasios "Thomas" Belesis was sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission for deceiving investors.[2][3]

In 2009, John Thomas Financial moved its offices into 14 Wall Street, where it occupied the entire 23rd floor.[4] The firm was founded in 2007 by Thomas Belesis, who served as CEO.[5] Initially a three-person brokerage, it grew to 200 representatives and staff providing retail brokerage, investment banking and corporate advisory services.[6] It also added a private wealth management affiliate.[7]

In addition to its retail brokerage services, the firm claimed to raise convertible debt for startups and new companies. According to its website, John Thomas Financial raised over $150 million for new businesses between 2007 and 2010.[8][dead link]

Leadership[edit]

The company President and CEO was Thomas Belesis, a frequent contributor to financial news shows. He played a role in the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps which was partly filmed at John Thomas Financial. Belesis used his media exposure to support the image of Wall Street, launching rallies and a website,[9] to improve the image of stock traders.[10]

Controversy[edit]

The New York Post looked into the "shady" past of Thomas Belesis in an April 2012 article. [11] In early 2013, another series of New York Post articles covered an investigation by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) into the dealings of John Thomas Financial.[12] The articles reported on Belesis being served with a Wells notice, and the potential for the investigation to result in prosecution. [13] Other articles in Bloomberg[14] interviewed former employees and questioned whether the business practices and sales tactics of John Thomas Financial constituted those of a boiler room.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thomas Belesis, CEO of John Thomas Financial, tells CNBC he's looking to hire". John Thomas Financial. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  2. ^ Faux, Zeke (1 August 2013). "Belesis Brothers Join New Broker After John Thomas Closes". Bloomberg. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Whitehouse, Kaja (2013-07-10). "Financial finale | New York Post". Nypost.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  4. ^ "In the news: John Thomas Financial Announces Major Expansion Plans". John Thomas Financial. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  5. ^ "John Thomas Financial CEO Thomas Belesis Reveals His Plans for Expansion in an Exclusive Interview With CNBC". MarketWire. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "John Thomas Financial Chief Economist Says Investors Should Maintain a Bullish Posture". BusinessWire. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Urbealis named President of JTF Private Wealth Management". WealthAdviser. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Thomas Belesis - CEO". John Thomas Financial. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  9. ^ "Restore Wall Street". Restore Wall Street. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  10. ^ Kleinfeld, N. R. (27 January 2010). "New Embattled Minority: Wall Street Brokers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  11. ^ "Shady Past for Wall Street Mr. Clean". 
  12. ^ "John Thomas Financial being probed by brokerage industry, SEC and FBI". 
  13. ^ "Cameo Calamity II: Belesis in cross hairs". 
  14. ^ "John Thomas Financial: The Other Side of Wall Street".