Sell Side Law and Legal Definition

In the financial service industry, Sell Side means the portion of the securities business in which orders are transacted. The sell side includes retail brokers, institutional brokers and traders, and research departments. Sell Side firms are paid through commissions charged on the sales price of the stock. Sell Side firms employ research analysts, traders and salespeople who collectively strive to generate ideas and execute trades for Buy Side firms, enticing them to do business.