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Silver Law Group recently wrote that it was investigating L Bonds offered by GWG Holdings, following GWG’s temporary suspension of sales of L Bonds. In March 2021, GWG notified the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it could not timely file its Forms 10-K and 10-Q, which are annual and quarterly financial reports and company disclosures. GWG said it needed additional time to complete these financial statements and related disclosures. This prompted a deficiency letter from Nasdaq in April 2021. Background On GWG Holdings And L Bonds  GWG Holdings (GWGH) is a Dallas-based financial services firm that offers a variety of services including life insurance and alternative investments. GWG sold billions of dollars worth of L Bonds over the past several years, and investors are now growing concerned about the status of these investments.  Generally speaking, L Bonds are a relatively new financial product that purportedly offers higher yields than typical publicly traded, fixed income bonds. L Bonds are sold by life insurance companies that buy back the policies from policyholders. The bonds are supposed to help finance the purchase of the policies.  According to a prospectus published by GWG for the offering of $2 billion of L Bonds, the bonds were sold with varying maturity terms ranging from 2 years to 7 years, with interest rates ranging from 5.50% to 8.50%. These bonds likely carry much higher risk than traditional corporate bonds and other conservative investments.Silver Law Group recently wrote that it was investigating L Bonds offered by GWG Holdings, following GWG’s temporary suspension of sales of L Bonds. In March 2021, GWG notified the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it could not timely file its Forms 10-K and 10-Q, which are annual and quarterly financial reports and company disclosures. GWG said it needed additional time to complete these financial statements and related disclosures. This prompted a deficiency letter from Nasdaq in April 2021. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group is representing investors who have suffered losses after investing in Specialty Lending Group, a Maryland-based company operated by Jeff Levin. Specialty Lending Group advertises that it is in the business of extending loans to real estate entrepreneurs, such as renovators and developers. Unfortunately, it appears that the company is experiencing financial and possible legal issues, as it has failed to make scheduled payments to investors. Florida Lawsuit Signals Issues With Specialty Lending Group A lawsuit filed in Florida in May 2020 alleged that many of Specialty Lending Group’s loans are either in default or underperformed. A clerk’s default was entered against Specialty Lending Group, Jeff Levin, and others after they did not timely respond to or defend against the allegations. Among other things, the Complaint alleged that: The Plaintiff, a Cayman financial institution called Global Fidelity Bank, Ltd., purchased various loans from Specialty Lending Group, which the company and other defendants agreed to service; Specialty Lending Group failed to make interest payments since October 2019; In breach of the contract at issue in the case, many the loans purchased by the Plaintiff are in default; and Specialty Lending Group improperly paid a salary to one or more of its members, shareholders, directors, managers, and/or officers, which was prohibited by the contract at issue in the case.Silver Law Group is representing investors who have suffered losses after investing in Specialty Lending Group, a Maryland-based company operated by Jeff Levin, that advertises that it is in the business of extending loans to real estate entrepreneurs, such as renovators and developers. Unfortunately, it appears that the company is experiencing financial and possible legal issues, as it has failed to make scheduled payments to investors. Continue reading ›

Michael Shillin (Michael Francis Shillin CRD# 5927156) is a barred broker who was last registered with A.G.P/Alliance Global Partners in Altoona, Wisconsin. Before working for A.G.P., Shillin was registered with Raymond James Financial Services and Edward Jones.  Michael Shillin Disclosures and Wisconsin Finra Arbitration Claims  Michael Shillin is the subject of 20 disclosures on his publicly-available BrokerCheck report, which includes 15 customer disputes (all but one of which are pending), 1 regulatory disclosure, 1 investigation initiated by the FINRA Department of Enforcement, and 3 disputes regarding employment separation after allegations:  February, 2021: A customer dispute states that Shillin “recommended an IRA rollover that caused a taxable event, and that Mr. Shillin charged management fees that were higher than the amount that had been agreed upon. Client also stated that Mr. Shillin told him that he owned pre-IPO shares of SpaceX and Palantir, although it does not appear that the client ever purchased those shares. Further, client stated that Mr. Shillin lied about creating a living trust for him.” $5,000 in damages are requested, and the dispute is pending as of this writing.Michael Shillin (Michael Francis Shillin CRD# 5927156) is a barred broker who was last registered with A.G.P/Alliance Global Partners in Altoona, Wisconsin. Before working for A.G.P., Shillin was registered with Raymond James Financial Services and Edward Jones. Continue reading ›

Felix Chu (Felix S Chu CRD# 2427593) is a barred broker last registered with NYLife Securities in Pleasant Hill, California. FINRA indefinitely barred Chu from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for failing to respond to a request for information.  Chu’s publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report shows that he has been registered with NYLife Securities his whole career, from 1994 until his barring in 2019.Felix Chu (Felix S Chu CRD# 2427593) is a barred broker last registered with NYLife Securities in Pleasant Hill, California. FINRA indefinitely barred Chu from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for failing to respond to a request for information.

Chu’s publicly-available FINRA BrokerCheck report shows that he has been registered with NYLife Securities his whole career, from 1994 until his barring in 2019. Continue reading ›

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) provides an arbitration process for investors to resolve disputes with their securities advisors. Among other things, the FINRA arbitration process helps parties avoid the expenses and waiting periods associated with filing a case in state or federal court. FINRA also writes special rules and regulations specially tailored to these investment-related disputes. As commissions on trading stocks has gone to zero, Wall Street has replaced recommending stocks with a large number of high commission alternative investments or “products” which can be complex for the average investor but lucrative for Wall Street. Over the last decade, we have seen a substantial rise in product cases for the sale of investments which were sold without disclosure of the fees or risks or alternative investments which failed to perform the way the investment was designed. Frequently, risks and costs are buried deep in the paperwork and products are falsely sold as alternatives to the stock market with reduced risk. FINRA Provides Special Guidance For Arbitrations Concerning Bad “Products” Unfortunately, many investors suffer losses due to broker-dealer firms failing to conduct sufficient due diligence on investment products before recommending them to customers. These “products” include private placements, real estate investment trusts (“REITs”), and busines development companies (“BDCs”). It is often the case that the company managing the product pays the broker a high commission to recommend the investment, incentivizing broker-dealer firms to sell the product in high volumes to a multitude of customers, all without properly investigating the investment. When things fall apart and the value of the investment plummets, the investors are left alone to pick up the pieces, often suffering substantial losses and prolonged illiquidity.The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) provides an arbitration process for investors to resolve disputes with their securities advisors. Among other things, the FINRA arbitration process helps parties avoid the expenses and waiting periods associated with filing a case in state or federal court. FINRA also writes special rules and regulations specially tailored to these investment-related disputes. Continue reading ›

Investors in YayYo (YAYO), a ride-hailing vehicle supply company, were disappointed to find out that their shares, which originally sold for $4.00 per share, are now worth pennies. A lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York, FirstFire Global Opportunities Fund, LLC v. Aegis Capital Corp., et al., alleges that this decimation of stock value was the result of fraud. Specifically, the suit accuses the IPO underwriters, including Aegis Capital Corp., of concealing that its founder/CEO/director, Ramy El-Batrawi, controlled the company despite El-Batrawi’s “checkered past with allegations of securities violations by the federal securities authorities,” according to the Complaint.Investors in YayYo (YAYO), a ride-hailing vehicle supply company, were disappointed to find out that their shares, which originally sold for $4.00 per share, are now worth pennies. A lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York, FirstFire Global Opportunities Fund, LLC v. Aegis Capital Corp., et al., alleges that this decimation of stock value was the result of fraud. Specifically, the suit accuses the IPO underwriters, including Aegis Capital Corp., of concealing that its founder/CEO/director, Ramy El-Batrawi, controlled the company despite El-Batrawi’s “checkered past with allegations of securities violations by the federal securities authorities,” according to the Complaint. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized class action law firm, is investigating Aytu BioSciences (AYTU) on behalf of shareholders in the company. The investigation regards whether Aytu and its officers and directors have violated the federal securities laws. Aytu BioSciences (AYTU) Announces License Agreement For COVID-19 Test On March 10, 2020, Aytu BioSciences, a Colorado-based publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company, announced that it had reached a license agreement for the exclusive distribution of a Chinese-made test for COVID-19 antibodies in the U.S. The license agreement was for three years, with automatic renewals after that, according to Aytu.Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized class action law firm, is investigating Aytu BioSciences (AYTU) on behalf of shareholders in the company.

The investigation regards whether Aytu and its officers and directors have violated the federal securities laws.

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In the past three years, Robert Douglas Armstrong (CRD# 5236735) (a/k/a R. Douglas Armstrong), a broker with Dawson James Securities, Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida, has settled five customer disputes and is currently facing two additional pending disputes. Prior to joining Dawson James Securities in 2012, Armstrong worked for Aurora Capital LLC and Westpark Capital, Inc.In the past three years, Robert Douglas Armstrong (CRD# 5236735) (a/k/a R. Douglas Armstrong), a broker with Dawson James Securities, Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida, has settled five customer disputes and is currently facing two additional pending disputes. Prior to joining Dawson James Securities in 2012, Armstrong worked for Aurora Capital LLC and Westpark Capital, Inc. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized class action law firm representing investors, is investigating Lipocine (LPCN), a publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company, on behalf of shareholders of the company’s stock.  The investigation concerns whether Lipocine gave misleading information to the public and violated federal securities laws.Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized class action law firm representing investors, is investigating Lipocine (LPCN), a publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company, on behalf of shareholders of the company’s stock.

The investigation concerns whether Lipocine gave misleading information to the public and violated federal securities laws. Continue reading ›

Silver Law Group is investigating Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (ZYNE), a publicly-traded company that is developing cannabinoid therapies for neuropsychiatric disorders, on behalf of investors in the company’s stock. The investigation regards possible violations of federal securities laws by Zynerba officers and directors.Silver Law Group is investigating Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (ZYNE), a publicly-traded company that is developing cannabinoid therapies for neuropsychiatric disorders, on behalf of investors in the company’s stock.

The investigation regards possible violations of federal securities laws by Zynerba officers and directors. Continue reading ›

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