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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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On September 8, 2022, FINRA announced that it had ordered Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C. (“Joseph Stone”) to pay restitution of approximately $825,000 to customers whose accounts were excessively traded by the firm’s representatives.

In related settlements, FINRA suspended eight current or former Joseph Stone representatives and required them to pay, collectively, an additional $211,000 in restitution to impacted customers. Additionally, FINRA suspended three Joseph Stone supervisors for failing to reasonably identify or respond to red flags of excessive trading and barred two representatives for refusing to respond to FINRA’s requests for information in connection with the investigation.

If you suspect your account was excessively traded at Joseph Stone Capital L.L.C., contact New York securities arbitration lawyers Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential evaluation of your account.

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.

The Certified Financial Planner Board (“CFP Board”) temporarily suspended Western International Securities Broker Patrick Egan after both the broker and firm were sued by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for selling GWG L Bonds that were not in the best interests of their customers. The suspension went into effect on June 21, 2022.

The CFP Board is a non-profit organization that serves at public by administering the Certified Financial Planner certification program. Accordingly, as a result of the suspension, Mr. Egan cannot use the “CFP” designation.

Mr. Egan was one of five brokers that were charged by the SEC on June 15, 2022, for failing to comply with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest (“Reg BI”) care and disclosure obligations when recommending and selling GWG L Bonds to retail investors and retirees.

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.

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