Articles Tagged with GWG L Bonds

Investors Accuse New York-Based Broker-Dealer of Reg BI Violations 

Securities lawyers at Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law firm) are looking into claims of losses by investors who were sold GWG Holdings L Bonds by their Cabot Lodge Securities brokers. Cabot Lodge is one of the more than 140 regional brokerage firms that sold high-risk product failures and junk bonds to customers and naive investors. More than a dozen clients were accusing the NY-based brokerage firm of alleged Regulation Best Interest violations when it sold L Bonds to retirees. 

GWG Holdings Inc., sold $1.6B of L Bonds, defaulted on $13.6M of payments and interest it owed investors in February 2022. In April 2022, the alternative asset firm filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.

Leading Broker-Dealer Pitched Regional Broker-Dealers To Sell These Risky Junk Bonds 

Securities lawyers at SSEK are investigating Emerson Equity wholesalers that pitched risky junk bonds. According to InvestmentNews, a review of BrokerCheck data suggest several Emerson Equity wholesalers across the US have left the firm since the beginning of 2022. They are the same wholesalers responsible for pitching GWG L Bonds to regional broker-dealers. 

Emerson, the managing brokerage firm in selling these risky, life settlement-backed bonds for GWG Holdings, Inc., has partnered with over 140 regional brokerage firms to market and sell L Bonds to investors, including retail customers and retirees.  

Customers of Barred Centaurus Financial Broker Are Requesting Over $7.4M in Damages

Marc Frederick Korsch, the CEO of NAV Advisors in Sarasota and a former Centaurus Financial registered representative, is reportedly involved in a GWG Holdings L Bond case. A Centaurus Financial investor filed this case. Although not a respondent in the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim, Korsch allegedly unsuitably recommended this risky life settlement-backed bond to the customer. 

GWG Holdings, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April 2022. It sold $1.6B of L Bonds to investors through more than 140 regional brokerage firms and financial advisors. These firms earned high commissions from the transactions. Visit GWG Holdings, Inc. and GWG Holdings L Bonds for more information.

SEC Alleges Western International Securities and Its California Financial Advisors Committed Due Diligence Failures 

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed civil charges against Western International Securities and several of its registered representatives. The firm and its advisors allegedly violated Regulation Best Interest standards when they sold about $13.3M of GWG L Bonds to investors between July 2020 and April 2021. 

The regulator contends that the broker-dealer neglected to conduct adequate due diligence when recommending and selling these unrated and speculative junk bonds. In February 2022, GWG Holdings, Inc. defaulted on $13.6M of payments and interest it owes L Bond investors. The Dallas-based alternative asset firm filed for bankruptcy protection in April 2022. 

Couple File FINRA Arbitration Claim Against Center Street Securities Seeking Up to $500K in Damages

A Missouri couple in their 90s and 80s have filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Center Street Securities and its broker Joseph Martin LaTour. The latter is an investment advisor who operates out of Springfield under the local firm Latour Asset Management.

In their FINRA arbitration case, the claimants request up to $500K in damages. They allege that Center Street Securities broker Joseph LaTour unsuitably recommended GWG Holdings L Bonds to them. This was regardless of the fact that they had sought low-risk, stable investments. 

Center Street Securities is Named in this Six-Figure FINRA Arbitration Case

An older couple who live in Cleveland, Tennessee has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim seeking up to $500K in damages from Center Street Securities. This comes after its registered representative Morgan Darby Hill allegedly unsuitably recommended that they invest in GWG Holdings L Bonds. 

Morgan Hill is currently registered as a broker with both Center Street Securities and Arete Wealth Management in Knoxville. He is also a registered investment advisor with Center Street Advisors. However, locally Hill markets himself as the CEO of the wealth preservation and distribution firm, Hill & Hill Financial, LLC.

Centaurus Financial is Respondent in Six-Figure FINRA Arbitration Claim

A Salt Lakes, Arizona investor, has filed a FINRA arbitration claim against Centaurus Financial over losses he sustained in GWG L Bonds. Offering documents for the investment named ex-Centaurus broker Otto Ramon Bohon. Recently, Bohon has locally been affiliated with Modern Wealth Management (formerly Catalina Investments) as a registered representative. 

The claimant is seeking to recover up to $500K in damages. Our GWG L Bond lawyers are representing him in FINRA arbitration. 

Emerson Equity’s Audited Financial Statement With the SEC Reports Problems Involving Unnamed Offering

Emerson Equity disclosed problems involving an unnamed offering in its yearly audited financial statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This unnamed offering could potentially cause financial harm to the brokerage firm. The full-service broker-dealer, which works with high net worth individual investors and institutional clients, is the lead seller and underwriter of the L Bonds issued by GWG Holdings, Inc. 

In April 2022, GWG Holdings, which sold $1.6B of L Bonds to investors, announced filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Emerson Equity is the lead seller of these high-yield bonds. It partnered with more than 140 regional brokerage firms to sell these life settlement-backed bonds to customers. 

SSEK Law Firm is Representing Investors Against Centaurus Financial 

In a recent InvestmentNews column, reporter Bruce Kelly discussed how broker-dealers and their financial advisors continued selling L Bonds to customers despite indications of possible troubles at GWG Holdings, Inc. In April 2022, the alternative asset firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. 

The firm sold $1.6B in life insurance-backed bonds through over 140 regional brokerage firms and managing broker-dealer Emerson Equity. It is unknown what value these high-yield bonds still have or if they are worth anything at all now. Visit our L Bonds and GWG Holdings, Inc. pages to find out more.

Claimant Says He Was Never Apprised of the Risks Involved in GWG ‘Junk’ L Bonds

A retired Missouri worker has filed a six-figure Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Titan Securities and its broker, Rodger Sprouse, over losses sustained in GWG L Bonds. The claimant, who is on disability and was forced to stop working after an injury, is an inexperienced investor. 

The claimant contends that Titan Securities and Sprouse allegedly unsuitably recommended these illiquid, speculative junk bonds without fully informing him about the risks. Sprouse is also the owner of Sprouse Financial in Lee’s Summit. 

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