Iorio Altamirano LLP, a securities arbitration law firm based in New York, NY, is investigating potential lawsuits and securities arbitration claims against Great Point Capital LLC for its sale of L Bonds issued by GWG Holdings, Inc. (GWGH). Upon information and belief, Great Point Capital LLC was a part of a network of broker-dealers who sold the speculative, high-risk, and illiquid GWG L Bonds.
GWG Holdings, Inc., which stopped making interest and maturity payments to GWG L Bond investors in January 2022, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April 2022.
Many GWG L Bond investors are skeptical that they will receive any significant portion of their principal back. Investment News has reported that one anonymous GWG L bond investor estimates that the GWG L Bonds may now be worth 20 to 30 cents on the dollar.
According to the bankruptcy filings, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been investigating the sales practices of brokerage firms related to GWG L Bonds. It has been recently reported that the SEC’s investigation began in May 2021. We believe that this regulatory investigation includes the sales practices of Emerson Equity and its regional broker-dealers, such as Great Point Capital LLC.
Last week, the SEC’s investigation led to its first lawsuit as the regulator filed a lawsuit against Western International Securities, Inc., and several of its brokers in a federal court in California. The firm is accused of failing to perform due diligence regarding the inherent risks associated with GWG L Bonds and recommending these risky products to customers in situations where they were not in the best interest of the firm’s customers.
Brokerage firms like Western International Securities, Inc. and Great Point Capital LLC are required to make investment recommendations that are suitable and in the best interest of their customers. Brokerage firms and financial advisors must also disclose all material facts and risks of a security when making a recommendation. Firms and brokers must also conduct reasonable due diligence on products they offer before recommending them to any clients. When a firm or advisor fails to meet these standards of conduct, they can be held liable for damages.
Investors who purchased GWG L Bonds through Great Point Capital LLC or any other broker-dealer are encouraged to contact Iorio Altamirano LLP (gwglawyer.com) for a free and confidential consultation and to review their legal rights. We can review and analyze potential claims and advise individuals of their legal rights without obligation or cost.
Iorio Altamirano LLP has filed claims seeking to recover over $2.5 million in losses and damages from brokerage firms across the country for the improper sale of GWG L Bonds.
For the latest on Iorio Altamirano LLP’s investigation of GWG L Bonds, including a key event timeline, visit our firm’s investigation page: Iorio Altamirano LLP’s Investigation of GWG L Bonds.
About GWG L Bonds
An L bond is a financial product created by GWG Holdings, Inc. The L Bonds are speculative, high-risk, and illiquid alternative investment offerings.
Initially, GWG Holdings pooled money from bond investors to purchase life insurance policies on the secondary market, paid the policy premiums, and then collected the death benefit when the insured individual passed away. However, beginning in 2018, GWG Holdings used the investor capital to invest in a new business model, exposing the company to riskier alternative assets. Many GWG L Bond investors were utterly unaware that GWG materially reoriented its business model, which, in our view, made it a much bigger credit risk. Additionally, many GWG L bond investors were not told by their financial advisors that GWG used investor capital to pay out the high distributions owed to other GWG L Bond investors in a Ponzi-like scheme.
GWG Holdings offered the L Bonds with a maturity ranging from 2 to 7 years and paying an interest rate of 5.50% to 8.50%.
GWG L Bonds were likely not suitable for investors with a low-to-moderate risk tolerance or investors who had liquidity needs.
Great Point Capital LLC (CRD No. 114203)
Great Point Capital LLC is an SEC-registered broker-dealer and investment advisor based in Chicago, IL. The firm, licensed to sell securities in 50 U.S. states and territories, currently has a roster of approximately 202 registered brokers and investment advisors across the country. Great Point Capital LLC has been a FINRA member since 2001. The firm provides, among other things, services in connection with wealth management, investment banking, and capital market services.
The broker-dealer has also used the names Maverick Brokerage LLC and Great Point Trading LLC to conduct business.
According to the Great Point Capital’s public disclosure report with FINRA, the firm has ten different regulatory disclosures which have resulted in censures, monetary fines, and restitution.
Financial institutions like Great Point Capital must supervise financial advisors and customer accounts properly. Brokerage firms must establish and maintain a reasonably designed system to oversee account activity to ensure compliance with securities laws and industry regulations. When a brokerage firm fails to supervise its financial advisors or the investment account activity sufficiently, it may be liable for investment losses sustained by customers.
About Iorio Altamirano LLP
Iorio Altamirano LLP is a securities arbitration law firm located in New York, NY. We represent investors nationwide and vigorously pursue FINRA arbitration claims on behalf of investors to recover investment losses.
We have nearly 20 years of combined experience as securities arbitration lawyers and have helped investors recover investment losses in over 1,000 cases. Our firm will file a FINRA securities arbitration claim on your behalf on a contingency fee basis to try to recover your losses. If we do not obtain a recovery, you do not owe us a legal fee.
If you have invested in L Bonds offered by GWG Holdings through Aegis Capital Corp., contact securities arbitration lawyers August Iorio at email@example.com or Jorge Altamirano at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, call the firm toll-free at (855) 430-4010.