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Investors’ Best Recourse For Financial Recovery is to Work With Experienced FINRA Attorneys 

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) continues to zealously go after the brokerage firms whose registered representatives unsuitably recommended and sold Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) products to their customers. 

Already, we’ve filed several Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claims against broker-dealers on behalf of investors. 

Charles Schwab Should Have Known RIAs Were Promoting the Fund 

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at investorlawyers.com) is looking into losses suffered by Vida Longevity Fund, LP investors. Many investors were recommended this open-ended hedge fund by Creative Planning, Pine Oak Investment Advisors, or other registered investment advisors (RIAs) that Charles Schwab Corporation referred them to. 

While it is not uncommon for Schwab to recommend RIAs to clients, the broker-dealer either knew or should have known that these firms were marketing the Fund to customers.

Old Mutual Investor Seeks Up To $500K in Damages

An investor from Mexico has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration case against J.P. Morgan Securities over the losses she suffered in Old Mutual (Bermuda). The off-shore entity is owned by Greg Lindberg’s Global Bankers, which also owns Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda). 

The latter is already the subject of many FINRA arbitration claims against the broker-dealers and their registered representatives that unsuitably recommended products from that off-shore entity to its customers.

Family of Senior Investor Pursues Up to $500K in Damages on His Behalf

The family of a Connecticut widower has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against David Lerner Associates after the older investor suffered a six-figure loss in Energy 11 and Energy Resources 12, which are sold exclusively by the brokerage firm to its customers. 

The claimant, who suffers from diminished capacity and is not fluent in English, is an unsophisticated investor who should never have been invested in these oil and gas-related investments. Yet for whatever reason, a David Lerner Associates broker unsuitably recommended both of these financial products. 

Colombian Claimants Allege Negligence, Misrepresentations, and Failure to Supervise

Two investors from Bogota, Colombia are pursuing a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Truist Investment Services for the losses they suffered in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda). The claimants, who are from the same family, had looked to the brokerage firm, which is affiliated with SunTrust Bank, to keep their assets safe. 

As longtime SunTrust Bank clients with an account in Florida, the investors were not interested in taking on any undue risk and were mostly invested in bank products, including money markets. Yet, Truist Investment Services recommended that the claimants invest more than $125K in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda). 

Japanese Investor’s Savings Were Overconcentrated in Offshore CD

An investor who lives in Japan has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Unionbanc Investment Services and its California-based broker, Asako Kanekiyo Thompson.

The claimant suffered losses in an offshore certificate of deposit (CD) from Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) that was recommended to him by Thompson. BrokerCheck reports that Thompson has been a Unionbanc Investment Services investment advisor and broker for 16 years. 

Central American Retiree Worked with Louisiana-based Financial Advisor Robin Platt

In his Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Hancock Whitney Investment Services, Inc., a senior investor in Central America is seeking up to $5M in damages. The senior investor suffered losses when he invested $1.25M in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) at the recommendation of Hancock Whitney Investment Services broker, Robin Platt

The claimant, a longtime Hancock Whitney Bank client, had mostly invested in bank products and kept his money in checking/savings accounts. In 2016, Platt recommended the Bermuda-based investment, which would go on to make up the majority of the retiree’s portfolio. 

FINRA Arbitration Claim Was Brought by Mexican Investors Who Trusted US Broker-Dealer To Keep Their Assets Safe

A retired couple from Mexico is requesting up to $500K plus interest and costs from J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC over losses they suffered from investing in a Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) variable annuity. 

Because the carrier, Northstar Bermuda, is located off-shore in Bermuda, the policy that the investors purchased was not protected in the same way as those sold by US-based carriers. Now, the claimants are alleging the following: 

Investors Can Still Pursue Damages from Bankoh, Truist, and Ocean Financial Services

The Bermuda Supreme Court has turned down a request by Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Ltd.’s management asking for more time to pursue restructuring. Northstar had filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy last year.

The Court’s ruling means that the company will be liquidated, with the proceeds going to creditors. Specifically, what this means for Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) investors is that the Bermuda Supreme Court must approve such payments before they can be issued to them.

Brokerage-Dealer Accused of Unsuitable Investment Recommendation In Three GPB Funds

Geneos Wealth Management, a Denver, Colorado-based brokerage firm, is accused of inappropriately recommending that a customer invest in three GPB Capital funds: The GPB Holdings II LP, the GPB Automotive Portfolio, and GPB Waste Management. The investment fraud claim contends that the broker-dealer invited GPB Capital Holdings employees to give a presentation in order to get investors on board.

GPB Capital Holdings, a New York-based alternative assets firm, is now accused of operating a more than $1.8 billion Ponzi scam that enriched not just the company’s executives but also the dozens of brokerage firms and their registered representatives. These firms failed to carry out the proper due diligence when they unsuitably recommended and sold GPB private placements to customers. 

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