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On September 14, 2022, Western International Securities, Inc. filed its Answer to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Complaint denying that the firm violated the standards under Regulation Best Interest (“Reg BI”) in approving, recommending, and supervising the sale of speculative, high-risk, and illiquid L Bonds issued by GWG Holdings, Inc.

The case, which is being litigated in the United States District Court of the Central District of California, is being closely watched by investors and the securities industry alike because it is the first substantive enforcement action brought by the SEC against a broker-dealer since Reg BI went into effect on June 30, 2020.

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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.

On July 18, 2022, the Texas Southern Bankruptcy Court approved a new debtor-in-possession financing package that includes an option to sell GWG Holding Inc.’s portfolio of life insurance policies to Chapford SMA Partnership, L.P. for at least $610 million.

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.

As of the bankruptcy filing on April 20, 2022, GWG Holdings, Inc. had over $1.6 billion in outstanding GWG L Bond obligations, mainly owed to retail investors.

Iorio Altamirano LLP, a securities arbitration law firm based in New York, NY, is investigating potential lawsuits and securities arbitration claims against Dempsey Lord Smith, LLC for its sale of L Bonds issued by GWG Holdings, Inc. (GWGH) and limited partnerships created by GPB Capital Holdings, LLC.

On March 21, 2022, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) ordered Dempsey Lord Smith, LLC (“Dempsey Lord Smith”) to pay nearly $100,000 in monetary fines and restitution for negligently omitting to tell four investors in an offering related to GPB Capital Holdings, LLC (“GPB Capital”) that the issuer failed to timely make required filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including filing audited financial statements.  In addition, FINRA accused Dempsey Lord Smith of making unsuitable recommendations of GPB Capital securities to four investors. Dempsey Lord Smith consented to the sanctions.

Additionally, upon information and belief, Dempsey Lord Smith 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.

Iorio Altamirano LLP, a securities arbitration law firm based in New York, NY, is investigating potential lawsuits and securities arbitration claims against National Securities Corporation for its sale of L Bonds issued by GWG Holdings, Inc. (GWGH) and limited partnerships created by GPB Capital Holdings, LLC.

On June 23, 2022, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) ordered National Securities Corporation (“NSC”) to pay nearly $9 million in monetary fines and restitution for violating various SEC, NASD, and FINRA rules, including negligently omitting material facts to retail investors connected with offerings related to GPB Capital Holdings, LLC (“GPB Capital”). NSC consented to the sanctions after FINRA alleged that between April 2018 and July 2018, NSC negligently omitted to tell investors in two offerings related to GPB Capital that the issuers failed to timely make required filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including audited financial statements.

Additionally, upon information and belief, National Securities Corporation 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.

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.

Iorio Altamirano LLP, a nationally recognized securities arbitration law firm, helps an elderly woman recover her irreplaceable savings invested in GWG L Bonds.

NEW YORK, NY — Iorio Altamirano LLP announces that it has helped a 75-year-old retiree recover the entire amount that she invested in GWG L Bonds that her broker-dealer recommended. The law firm filed a FINRA arbitration claim against the broker-dealer in early March 2022, alleging that the speculative, high-risk, and illiquid GWG L Bonds were unsuitable for the elderly woman, who had no prior investment experience and was living on a fixed income. The claim also alleged that the broker-dealer made material misrepresentations and omissions about the features and risks of the GWG L Bonds and GWG Holdings, Inc., the company that issued the L Bonds. GWG Holdings, Inc. is now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Iorio Altamirano LLP (gwglawyer.com) also represents numerous other investors who have filed individual arbitration claims against the brokerage firm that sold them GWG L Bonds. Collectively, the claims seek to recover over $2.5 million in losses and damages.

Iorio Altamirano LLP, a securities arbitration law firm based in New York, NY, is investigating potential lawsuits and securities arbitration claims against Aegis Capital Corp. for its sale of L Bonds issued by GWG Holdings, Inc. (GWGH).  Upon information and belief, Aegis Capital Corp. was a part of Emerson Equity LLC’s network of broker-dealers who sold the speculative, high-risk, and illiquid GWG L Bonds.  Iorio Altamirano LLP has spoken to several retail investors who purchased GWG L Bonds through the recommendation of brokers registered with Aegis Capital Corp.

On April 20, 2022, GWG Holdings, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, allowing GWG Holdings to propose a reorganization plan.  On May 17, 2022, the Nasdaq Stock Market announced that it would delist the common stock of GWG Holdings, Inc.

Many GWG L Bond investors, who have not received interest or maturity payments since January 2022, are skeptical that they will see a return of their invested capital. 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.

After filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month and failing to file its annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year, GWG Holdings, Inc. will now be delisted from Nasdaq.   On May 17, 2022, the Nasdaq Stock Market announced that it would delist the common stock of GWG Holdings, Inc.  Since April 29, 2022, the stock has been suspended and has not been traded.

New York securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating potential legal claims related to investments in L Bonds offered by GWG Holdings, Inc. (GWGH). To read about the investigation’s findings, including a crucial event timeline, please visit our website:  www.gwglawyer.com.

GWG Holdings, Inc.’s bankruptcy filing revealed for the first time that the ongoing SEC investigation includes an examination of sales practices of the GWG L Bonds by the brokerage firms that sold the securities, including Emerson Equity and its network of regional broker-dealers.  According to the bankruptcy filing,  the United States Securities and Exchange Commission issued subpoenas and documents to individual brokerage firms selling GWG L Bonds.  As of the bankruptcy filing, GWG  Holdings, Inc.’ had over $1.62 billion in outstanding GWG L Bond obligations, mostly owed to retail investors.

**Update:  June 16, 2022** On June 15, 2022,  the United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit against Western International Securities, Inc., and several of its brokers, in California Central District Court in connection with approximately $13.3 million in L bonds sold to retail customers.  The firm is accused of failing to perform due diligence regarding the inherent risks associated with L Bonds. The brokers included in the suit are Steven Graham, Andy Gitipityapon, Thomas Swan, Nancy Cole, and Patrick Egan. 

The complaint alleges that although the prospectus for the June 2020 offering stated that L Bonds were only suitable for customers with “substantial financial resources,” Western International did not set any criteria or thresholds for its customers to invest in L Bonds. Western International Securities also did not restrict the sale of L Bonds to customers with certain risk profiles or investment objectives.

The complaint also alleges that the named brokers misunderstood important issues regarding GWG Holdings, Inc. and the GWG L Bonds, including that GWG significantly changed its business model beginning in 2018 and that GWG L Bonds were not directly collateralized by life insurance policies. As a result, the brokers recommended GWG L Bonds to retail customers without a reasonable basis to believe that the investments were in the customers’ best interest.

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