Articles Tagged with FINRA arbitration

Tokyo Couple Sues Bankoh and Broker Yoko Farias Over Northstar (Bermuda) Losses

 Our Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Investment Recovery Lawyers Are Representing International Investors 

In yet another FINRA arbitration claim, more Japanese investors are suing Bankoh Investment Services and its registered representative Yoko K. Farias over the losses they experienced in Northstar (Bermuda). In their six-figure lawsuit, the Tokyo couple is alleging overconcentration, unsuitable investment recommendations, misrepresentations and omissions, and gross lack of supervision. The Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas FINRA arbitration Law Firm are representing these international investors and others against both Bankoh and Farias.

For Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda), Fixed-Rate Annuity Investors Filing A Broker Fraud Lawsuit May Be Only Option. Bermuda Supreme Court Order Deems That Fixed Account Holders Will Likely Recovery Nothing From Liquidation 

In its July 28, 2023 ruling, The Supreme Court of Bermuda concluded that Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) did not use any methods to keep track of or identify which funds or assets belonged to fixed-rate annuity policyholders. Because of this, there are no segregated funds for these investors to recover from the liquidation proceedings. What this means is, barring a separate legal claim for breach of contract against the insurer, these investors will likely receive nothing. The FINRA Arbitration Attorney team at SSEK are helping these investors.

This is all the more reason why Northstar (Bermuda) fixed-rate annuity investors need to explore their other legal options with Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas ( today. Since 2020, when Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) filed for bankruptcy, we have been going after the brokerage firms that allegedly unsuitably recommended this offshore entity, misrepresented and omitted the risks, or overconcentrated investors’ accounts with these investments. Our clients include both fixed-rate annuity investors and variable-rate annuity investors from Latin America and Asia who have suffered significant losses in what many of them were told were safe, low-risk investments.

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas Wins $953K FINRA Arbitration Award Against Crown Capital Securities

Investors Suffered Losses in GPB, Non-Traded REITS, & Oil and Gas

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas ( are pleased to announce that a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel has awarded two investors $953,364K in their broker-dealer negligence lawsuit against Crown Capital Securities. The claimants had suffered losses in the following investments:

The FINRA Arbitration Process

You’ve spoken with an experienced FINRA arbitration law firm that has determined your investor losses are due in part because of broker misconduct or negligence. You’ve decided to retain the services of skilled securities arbitration lawyers to help you sue your broker-dealer and maybe even their financial advisor for damages.

Like many investors, you may not be familiar with the FINRA arbitration process and want to know more about it and what to expect.

The Importance of Filing Your Own FINRA Arbitration Case 

If you are an investor who has suffered losses in GWG L Bonds, you are likely trying to determine what to do next. Just because GWG Holdings has filed for bankruptcy protection doesn’t mean you stand to recover anything from these proceedings. This is why it is so important that you speak with a seasoned FINRA arbitration law firm so that we can help you explore your legal options with you.

Already, our FINRA arbitration attorneys at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas ( are representing many investors who suffered losses because their broker-dealers unsuitably recommended GWG L Bonds to them. These junk bonds were always too high-risk for retail customers and retirees. Yet these two types of investors are among the ones now needing to recover damages.

Shepherd, Smith, Edwards, and Kantas Has Been Fighting For Investors for Over 30 Years

If you are an investor looking to pursue financial recovery for your investment losses caused by unsuitable investment recommendations, misrepresentations and omissions, unauthorized trading, or other grounds, there is a very good chance that you signed an agreement with your broker-dealer in which you both consented to resolve any disputes through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration process. You may not have realized this at the time, but with that agreement, you essentially gave up your right to sue your brokerage firm and their financial advisor in court.

This is where Shepherd, Smith, Edwards, and Kantas’ securities lawyers ( can help. Our skilled FINRA lawyers have been fighting for investors for years and this includes representing our clients before panels of arbitrators all over the United States. 

Claimants File FINRA Arbitration Claim Against Centaurus Financial 

A Florida couple who suffered losses in GWG Holdings L bonds has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Centaurus Financial. In the claim, they are seeking up to six figures in damages for their losses. The investors are retirees and worked with Centaurus broker Donna Maria Seymour, who presents herself as part of IngramFinancial Group in Winter Haven, FL. 

The claimants say that they made it clear from the start that they needed to make conservative investments because they were no longer working, had a family history of health issues, and wanted to preserve their finances to support themselves. Instead, Seymour allegedly recommended that they invest in L Bonds, which are risky, speculative, and illiquid. 

Texas Retiree Files Six-Figure FINRA Arbitration Claim Over Her Investment Losses 

An Austin, TX investor has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Western International Securities, Inc. The investor sustained losses in GWG Holdings L Bonds and the following non-traded real estate investment trusts (non-traded REITs):

  • Griffin Realty Trust Class E

Ex-Texas Financial Advisor Allegedly Killed An Investor While Operating a Ponzi Scam

Keith Todd Ashley, who was fired by Parkland Securities in October 2020 and is charged with murder, is now also facing Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) charges.

FINRA filed its complaint in December 2021 and is alleging that Ashley took part in undisclosed business activities, misappropriation, and engaged in private securities transactions from February through October 2020. During this entire time, Ashley was a registered representative with Parkland Securities. 

SSEK Law Firm Represented Client of Fired J.P. Morgan Securities Broker, Ed Turley, and Wins $4 Million FINRA Arbitration Award

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel in Houston, Texas has awarded a client of Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at $4 million in compensatory damages over losses she sustained while working with ex-J.P. Morgan Securities stockbroker, Edward Turley

Not only did this ex-San Francisco-based financial advisor unsuitably invest her in products that were too risky, but he and the firm also used a complex strategy that involved borrowing on margin without her knowledge.  Tragically, the client lost millions of dollars while Ed Turley and J.P. Morgan profited significantly from her account.

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