A FINRA arbitration panel ordered two Illinois financial advisors to pay their former employer, Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. $1.873 million for theft of trade secrets and breach of contract.

The Chicago-based advisory company filed the complaint against David Copeland and Neal Price in 2008 after the advisors left Mesirow to form their own registered investment advisory firm, Strategic Wealth Partners LLC in Deerfield, Ill.

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