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GWG L Bondholders who purchased the speculative, high-risk, illiquid, and unrated bonds through Newbridge Securities Corporation are worried after last week’s approval by the bankruptcy judge to allow GWG Holdings Inc. to enter into a new debtor-in-possession (“DIP”) financing package.  The new DIP financing package includes an option for GWG Holding Inc. to sell its portfolio of life insurance policies for at least $610 million, approximately $1 billion less than GWG Holding Inc’s outstanding obligations to GWG L Bondholders.

Even though the portfolio of life insurance policies does not directly secure the GWG L Bonds, this development is significant for GWG L Bond investors because GWG Holdings Inc.’s largest tangible asset is its portfolio of life insurance policies. It is believed that the value of these tangible assets will significantly impact the outcome of GWG Holdings Inc.’s restructuring effort through its filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Upon information and belief, Newbridge Securities was a part of a network of broker-dealers who sold the risky GWG L Bonds. GWG Holdings, Inc., which stopped making interest and maturity payments to GWG L Bond investors in January 2022, filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, on April 20, 2022.

Over the past calendar year, GPB Capital investors have won over $2.4 million in monetary awards in 10 out of 11 (nearly 91%) arbitration claims that have proceeded to a final hearing.  According to public records, many other claims filed against broker-dealers who sold the private placements offered by GPB Capital have been settled for monetary compensation.

The judgments and awards come after years of filing lawsuits and arbitration claims by GPB Capital investors.

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Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of defrauded investors who were victims in the GPB funds scheme. The GPB funds were marketed to independent broker-dealers and investment advisers who would, in turn, sell the GPB funds to their retail investors. According to publicly available records filed with the SEC, broker-dealer Newbridge Securities Corporation likely received sales compensation for selling the GPB funds to retail investors.

The following Newbridge Securities Corporation brokers may have recommended GPB Capital funds to clients:

  • Scott Stanley Brooks; and

**Update 4/14/2021** Iorio Altamirano LLP is currently investigating Newbridge Securities Corporation, Money Concepts Capital Corp, and Dustin Shafer for recommending that clients invest in private placement securities issued by GPB Capital.  The GPB funds, which are private securities offerings exempt from registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), are inherently risky investments. These investments are suitable only for highly sophisticated investors who understand the risks and can afford a significant monetary loss. Unfortunately, many brokerage firms and brokers sold the GPB Capital securities to retirees and unsophisticated investors because they paid a high up-front commission.

If you have suffered financial losses as a result of any of the following GPB private placement offerings, contact Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential review of your legal rights:

  • GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP

FINRA has permanently barred Jeffrey A. Broten from the securities industry. Jeffrey Broten was a financial advisor and registered representative at the following firms:

  • Newbridge Securities Corporation (affiliated with Black River Wealth Management LTD), Morristown, NJ (August 2019 to December 2019);
  • First Standard Financial Company LLC, Red Bank, NJ (February 2018 to August 2019); and
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