Articles Tagged with Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda)

Claimant Alleges Unsuitable Offshore Investment Led to Significant Losses 

An investor who lives in Trinidad and Tobago has filed an arbitration claim against Truist Investment Services over losses he sustained in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda). The claimant seeks up to six figures in damages. His broker allegedly advised him to invest in this risky, offshore-like annuity product. These recommendations happened despite the claimant stating he was seeking safety and security for his family’s assets. 

Our Northstar (Bermuda) investment attorneys represent this investor in FINRA arbitration against Truist Investment Services. Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at represents many other claimants against Truist, a SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. broker-dealer subsidiary. 

More Claimants Accuse Broker Yoko Farias of Overconcentration In Obscure, Offshore Investment

An older couple from Japan has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim requesting between $500K and $1M in financial recovery over losses sustained in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda). The respondents are Bankoh Investment Services and its registered representative Yoko K. Farias in Hawaii. 

The investors contend that Bankoh and Farias allegedly abused their trust by overconcentrating a considerable amount of their assets in Northstar (Bermuda), which is now defunct and in liquidation proceedings. Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at represent these claimants in FINRA arbitration in the United States.

Japanese Couple Files FINRA Arbitration Case for Up to $500K in Damages

Two older investors from Japan have filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Bankoh Investment Services and its broker Yoko K. Farias in Honolulu, Hawaii, over Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) losses. This offshore entity is now in liquidation proceedings. 

Yoko Farias is also with the firm Pacific Century Investment Services. She has been named by other investors who worked with Bankoh as their registered representative of record that unsuitably recommended and sold Northstar (Bermuda) products to them.

Global VIP and Global Advantage Select Were Unsuitable For Claimants

Two older investors from Venezuela have filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Ocean Financial Services over losses they sustained in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda). They are requesting about $385K, plus interests and costs, after the broker-dealer unsuitably recommended Northstar (Bermuda)’s Global Advantage Select and Global VIP. 

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas, LLP and Sonn Law Group, PA jointly represent this couple. A FINRA arbitration panel will hear their Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) investment claim in Boca Raton, Florida. 

Latin American Investor Pursuing Up to $500K in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Damages 

An older Latin American investor who was unsuitably recommended and sold a Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) product is requesting up to $500K in damages from Ocean Financial Services. The claimant, who initially just had accounts at Ocean Bank, was advised to invest her money beyond checking and bank accounts. 

This would result in Ocean Financial Services overconcentrating a huge chunk of assets belonging to her and her mother in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda), which is now defunct. Not only that, but the firm should have never recommended these products to this investor after 2015, which is when she moved to the United States. 

Senior Investor’s Funds Were 100% Concentrated in Risky Offshore Investment

Our Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) investment lawyers have filed yet another FINRA arbitration claim against J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC (JPMS) over losses suffered by a foreign national. The claimant is a nun and elderly investor from Mexico who entrusted her inheritance to the firm. 

Instead, her J.P. Morgan Securities broker unsuitably recommended the now-defunct Omnia Ltd., previously called Old Mutual (Bermuda)/Beechwood.  

Beechwood Bermuda Investor Was Unsuitably Recommended Non-Traded REIT Healthcare Trust

Another Chinese investor has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Cetera Investment Services over losses suffered in Beechwood Bermuda (a Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda)-related product). 

This investor also suffered investment losses in the non-traded real estate investment trust, Healthcare Trust Incorporated (HTIA). The claimant alleges negligence, unsuitability, poor supervision, and concentration, among other claims, and is seeking up to $500K in damages. 

Several East West Bank Customers Worked With Cetera Broker Linda Fang

Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (SSEK Law Firm at is continuing to investigate claims of losses involving East West Bank customers who invested in Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) products. 

East West Bank had signed a partnership agreement with Cetera Investment Services, LLC. The latter would offer “wealth management solutions and support” to the bank’s clients at several branches. East West Bancorp owns East West Bank. It was founded in Los Angeles in 1973 to cater to the Chinese American community in Southern California. It has branches in several U.S. states and China. 

Joint Provisional Liquidators & Deloitte Updates Credit Holders and Policyholders

On February 23, 2022, Rachelle Frisby, the Deloitte Financial Advisory head in Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands, sent a letter to creditors and policyholders updating them about the liquidation proceedings involving Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) and Omnia, Ltd. (formerly Old Mutual (Bermuda)). Northstar (Bermuda) filed for bankruptcy in 2020. Omnia submitted its filing in 2019.

Both entities, which Global Bankers previously acquired, have come under scrutiny in the wake of owner Greg Linberg’s conviction for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bribery, as well as their subsequent liquidation proceedings. Meanwhile, investors of both entities have struggled to recover their investment losses. 

Japanese Investor is Requesting Up to $500K in Damages

Another investor in Japan has filed a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration claim against Bankoh Investment Services over her Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) losses. 

This time, the claimant is a small business owner who lives in Tokyo but who had accounts in the U.S. with Bankoh and Bank of Hawaii. She is seeking up to $500K in damages. Her Bankoh broker Yoko Farias is also a respondent in the case. 

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