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Third Yield Enhancement Strategy Investors Award for Seasoned Securities Fraud Law Firm

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at is thrilled to announce that on September 1, 2022, a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel ordered UBS Financial Services (UBS) to pay $468,126 to two customers and their trust over losses they sustained in the firm’s UBS Yield Enhancement Strategy program. The award was a unanimous ruling by three FINRA arbitrators. It was a full recovery for the investors, including more than $343,000 in compensatory damages, more than $100,000 in legal fees, and over $24,000 in costs.

On September 2, 2022, InvestmentNews reported on SSEK Law Firm’s win against UBS and interviewed our Managing Partner Sam Edwards. This is our firm’s third UBS YES loss attorneys’ arbitration award that we’ve won for investors who were never fully apprised of the risks involved in the firm’s options overlay strategy, experiencing securities fraud. Our securities attorneys’ earlier wins were a $400K Yield Enhancement Strategy award on behalf of Maryland investors and another award on behalf of a Texas investor.

Investors Allege Unsuitability and Misrepresentations

Our UBS Yield Enhancement Strategy (UBS YES) investment loss attorneys are speaking with customers of UBS Financial Services broker William Word Huthnance in Houston, Texas. Huthnance, who has worked for 20 years in the industry, is accused of allegedly unsuitably recommending the firm’s risky iron condor strategy to customers while purportedly making misrepresentations and omissions to them. 

Already, one claimant reached a $580K settlement over their UBS YES losses, as well as losses involving purportedly unsuitably recommended hedge funds, structured notes, and private equity fund recommendations. 

Two FINRA Arbitration Panels Order Firm To Pay UBS YES Customers for Their Losses 

In separate UBS Yield Enhancement Strategy (UBS YES) investor cases, two Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panels have awarded UBS Financial Services customers $1.18M and $1.4M, respectively. These are the latest awards against the broker-dealer, whose high-net-worth investors have lost significant sums of money in the firm’s proprietary, complex options trading strategy. 

Due to the most recent rulings, the broken dealer will have to pay UBS YES customers more than $7.6M in 2022. In May, two investors were awarded $3.9M. Various other UBS YES customers were awarded $1.2M in March, and In February 2022, a claimant and two of his family trusts were also awarded $1.875M. 

YES Claimants’ FINRA Arbitration Case Alleged Misrepresentations and Negligence

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel has awarded two investors $1.2M (plus 6% interest from June 28, 2019, through March 7, 2022) over losses they sustained in the UBS Yield Enhancement Strategy (UBS YES). This options overlay strategy, also known as the iron condor strategy, is exclusive to UBS. 

The claimants contend that UBS YES was misrepresented and not in line with their investment goals and risk tolerance level. They accused the broker-dealer of fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, unsuitability, and other violations. 

UBS Financial Broker Runs The Burish Group in the Midwest 

If you are an investor who suffered losses while working with UBS broker Andrew Burish, please contact our broker fraud attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at 

Burish is considered a top UBS financial advisor who is head of The Burish Group in Madison, Wisconsin. He is accused of repeatedly recommending the short-selling of Tesla, Inc. shares, causing over $23M in losses for four couples, who are all related, and another investor. Tesla is an electric vehicle and clean energy company founded by billionaire Elon Musk. 

FINRA Panel’s Ruling is UBS Financial’s Third Loss Involving Yield Enhancement Strategy

In a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration ruling, UBS Financial Services (UBS) must pay an Ohio couple $371K for financial losses they sustained from the brokerage firm’s Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES). 

This is the third UBS Yes Strategy arbitration claim that the broker-dealer has lost, including one award for $1M to two Denver investors this year. The first award against UBS over its Yield Enhancement Strategy, for $90K, was granted to an investor in December. 

Florida Arbitration Panel Refuses To Expunge Advisors’ Record of Options Overlay Case

In December, a  Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel in Boca Raton, Florida awarded a UBS Wealth management client and retiree $89,675 in his UBS Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES) claim over significant losses he sustained in the brokerage firm’s options overlay strategy. 

The award was for his unsuitability claim against UBS Financial Services. He also alleged negligence, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, omissions, failure to supervise, and breach of contract.

Lincoln, Nebraska Stockbroker Named In Multiple Six-Figure Options Overlay Claims 

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel has awarded two claimants over $1M in their UBS Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES) claim against respondent UBS Financial Services (UBS). 

Their broker, Jason Mathew Dworak, was not a respondent in the customer dispute. However, according to the FINRA award, the panel did not grant the broker-dealer’s request that the case be expunged from his CRD records. Dworak also is named in other pending options overlay claims involving UBS YES.

High Net Worth Individual Investor Alleges That UBS Group AG Persuaded Him To Buy On Margin 

Guo Wengui, a rich Chinese businessman exiled in New York, has filed a lawsuit against UBS Financial Group after losing $500M. 

Wengui contends that the bank pressured him into borrowing funds to invest in shares of Haitong Securities, Co., a brokerage firm in China. This high net worth institutional investor alleges that in 2015, UBS forced the stock’s sale during both a 45% drop in Haitong’s shares, which were traded in Hong Kong and a market route. Guo said that he lost his entire investment.

New York Stockbroker and Investment Advisor is Accused of Misrepresentations and Unsuitability  

Eric Andrew Wittenberg, a managing director and private wealth advisor at UBS Group AG (UBS) in the New York metropolitan area, is being blamed by a number of the firm’s customers for investment losses they suffered after he recommended the UBS Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES) to them.

Wittenberg is one of many UBS registered representatives named in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claims over this program.

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