Alejandro O. Soto
Alejandro O. Soto is a former federal prosecutor and senior SEC official, and a co-founder of the firm. He has substantial experience in complex civil disputes and white-collar criminal, securities compliance, and regulatory matters. Mr. Soto is also an accomplished trial lawyer, having personally tried over thirty federal and state cases and supervised dozens more. Mr. Soto regularly represents clients in matters before the Department of Justice, the SEC, and Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation, including securities and health care fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), and was recently called upon to serve as an expert in securities law in a California state court proceeding.
Mr. Soto previously served as both a Staff Attorney and Senior Trial Attorney in the Enforcement Division of the SEC’s Miami Regional Office (MIRO). He led enforcement investigations and litigation in federal courts and administrative proceedings before the Commission in numerous complex securities enforcement actions involving public companies, hedge funds, bank holding companies, registered investment advisors, accounting companies, and their respective board members, officers, and executives. He has extensive experience in cases involving accounting fraud, sophisticated market manipulation schemes, broker-dealer violations, EB-5 Immigration cases, Ponzi schemes, SOX violations, and books and record violations, to name a few. Early in his career at the SEC, Mr. Soto successfully charged a former member of one of the largest organized crime organizations in New York with a complex Ponzi and market manipulation scheme and went on to investigate and litigate some of MIRO’s most complex cases.
Prior to his tenure at the SEC, Mr. Soto served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida for over eleven years, where he specialized in white-collar fraud prosecutions including securities, tax, and mail and wire fraud, and also prosecuted environmental crimes cases, including maritime oil pollution cases. Mr. Soto also successfully handled a number of significant and high profile cases, including the first case in the Southern District of Florida against a financial advisor for a criminal violation of the Investment Advisor Act of 1940, and an unprecedented case involving a pesticide manufacturer and its executives who conspired to obstruct an EPA investigation. Mr. Soto also led the successful prosecution of a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and its leadership for numerous transnational narcotics and international money laundering violations. In light of his experience prosecuting the FTO and several other Colombian Cartel leaders, Mr. Soto was one of only ten federal prosecutors selected nationwide by the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section to teach trial advocacy skills to counter-narcotics prosecutors in Latin America, and was cleared for top secret information and granted access to sensitive compartmented information. Mr. Soto also was selected to serve as a Deputy Chief in the Major Crimes Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he supervised and trained several newly hired prosecutors.
Mr. Soto has taught and lectured extensively in the areas of criminal trial practice, white-collar criminal law, and securities regulation. He has lectured in the areas of federal criminal practice and trial advocacy at the National Advocacy Center and has lectured and spoken on panels before federal and state prosecutors and law enforcement investigators across the country regarding parallel law enforcement and regulatory investigations and securities enforcement actions.
Prior to his service at the SEC and in the Department of Justice, Mr. Soto spent four years in private practice in Miami counseling and defending individuals and organizations in the areas of intellectual property and commercial litigation.
Mr. Soto draws on his extensive knowledge of the inner workings of law enforcement and regulatory agencies to defend corporations and their executives in investigations and district court and administrative actions brought by the SEC, FINRA, DOJ, Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation, OFAC, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies. He is also uniquely qualified to represent individuals and entities targeted and charged in parallel investigations—those brought by more than one law enforcement and regulatory agency against the same individual or entity for the same alleged conduct—having handled such investigations and lectured on the topic on numerous occasions.
Mr. Soto is also a proud veteran of the United States Army and served in the Persian Gulf War. He has volunteered extensively as a lecturer for Lawyers for Literacy, an organization of lawyers and professionals who teach financial and legal literacy skills to disadvantaged youth and has been a child advocate and Guardian Ad Litem for the South Florida Put Something Back Program for over ten years.
News Reports and Media Accounts
Court in Securities-fraud Case Rules Against Former Palm Beach developer, Palm Beach Daily News, September 19, 2019, available at: https://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/20190919/court-in-securities-fraud-case-rules-against-former-palm-beach-developer-with-his-consent
Fraudsters’ Kin, Cos. To Pay SEC $720K Over $3.6M Scam, Law360, June 14, 2019, available at: https://www.law360.com/articles/1169445/fraudsters-kin-cos-to-pay-sec-720k-over-3-6m-scam
1 Global Ex-CEO Has No Defense In $287M Suit, SEC Says, Law 360, June 5, 2019, available at: https://www.law360.com/articles/1166048/1-global-ex-ceo-has-no-defense-in-287m-suit-sec-says
SEC Accuses Palm Beach Developer, Partner of Misusing Millions in Island Hotel Project, Palm Beach Daily News, September 20, 2018, available at: https://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/20180920/sec-accuses-palm-beach-developer-partner-of-misusing-millions-in-island-hotel-project
SEC Charges South Florida Individuals and Entities in EB-5 Investment Scheme, Invest Advocate, August 3, 2018, available at: https://investadvocate.com.ng/2018/08/03/sec-charges-south-florida-individuals-entities-eb-5-investment-scheme/
SEC Claims Tech Firms Bilked Investors Out of Millions, Courthouse News Service, October 6, 2017, available at: https://www.courthousenews.com/sec-claims-tech-firms-bilked-investors-millions/
NFL Player Adviser Settles With SEC Over Unregistered Sales, Law360, February 13, 2017, available at: https://www.law360.com/articles/891315/nfl-player-adviser-settles-with-sec-over-unregistered-sales
SEC Charges CEO and Boiler Room Operator With Fraud, September 1, 2016, available at: https://www.quadrantregulatory.com/2016/09/sec-charges-ceo-boiler-room-operator-fraud/
Florida Investment Adviser Charged With Defrauding Teachers, Officers, Law360, June 2, 2015, available at: https://www.law360.com/articles/662745/fla-adviser-charged-with-defrauding-teachers-officers
Two Tampa Corporations and Four Tampa Residents Sentenced in Connection with Scheme to Unlawfully Sell an Unregistered Pesticide and Obstruct Justice, December 5, 2014, available at: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/two-tampa-corporations-and-four-tampa-residents-sentenced-connection-scheme-unlawfully
Ex-Universal Express CEO Altomare sentenced to prison for ‘pump and dump’, South Florida Business Journal, May 6, 2014, available at: https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2014/05/06/ex-universal-express-ceo-altomate-prison-sentence.html
Jury Convicts Former CEO Of Publicly Traded Company Of Securities And Mail Fraud, February 26, 2014, available at: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/jury-convicts-former-ceo-publicly-traded-company-securities-and-mail-fraud
Miami-Dade Resident Sentenced In Tax Preparation Fraud Scheme, January 24, 2014, available at: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/miami-dade-resident-sentenced-tax-preparation-fraud-scheme
Colombian Paramilitary Leader Sentenced in Miami to 33 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking and Narco-Terrorism, available at: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/colombian-paramilitary-leader-sentenced-miami-33-years-prison-drug-trafficking-and-narco