BDC INVESTOR ALERT: Medley Capital Corp Files for Bankruptcy Protection in the Wake of Portfolio Loan Losses Attributed to the COVID Pandemic

BDC INVESTOR ALERT: Medley Capital Corp Files for Bankruptcy Protection in the Wake of Portfolio Loan Losses Attributed to the COVID Pandemic

On March 7, 2021, Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC), a direct subsidiary of Medley Management Inc. (NYSE: MDLY), filed for Bankruptcy Protection from creditors – mostly investors.  Medley Management Inc., is an “alternative asset management firm offering yield solutions to retail and institutional investors” through two Business Development Companies (“BDCs”), Medley Capital and Sierra Income Corp., a non-traded BDC. Medley Capital Corp and Sierra Income Corp, invested in non-public companies, under the direction and advice of Medley Management’s affiliate SIC Advisors, LLC.  The two BDCs made loans to non-public companies that did not have access to the traditional publicly traded…

FINRA Fines VALIC Financial Advisors $350,000 for Failure to Supervise Variable Annuity Sales Practices

FINRA Fines VALIC Financial Advisors $350,000 for Failure to Supervise Variable Annuity Sales Practices

On January 8, 2021, VALIC Financial Advisors agreed to a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) (Case No. 2018060548501)  which included a Fine of $350,000 by the Financial Industry Financial Authority (FINRA), the securities industry regulator established to protect investors.  According to the agreement with FINRA, VALIC Financial Advisors “consented to the sanctions and to findings that it failed to establish a reasonably designed system and written procedures for the surveillance of rates of variable annuity replacements and for corrective action in the case of inappropriate replacements”.  FINRA also determined. “The procedures also failed to provide guidance as to…

FINRA Suspends Madison Avenue Securities Broker for Mutual Fund Sales Practice Violations

FINRA Suspends Madison Avenue Securities Broker for Mutual Fund Sales Practice Violations

In November 2020, the securities industry watchdog, the Financial Regulatory Industry Authority (“FINRA”) suspended, Vincent Anthony Virga, after an Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) Order was accepted, (FINRA Case #2019061187801).  According to FINRA, an AWC was issued in which Virga was fined $5,000, suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for one month, and ordered to pay $19,687, plus interest, in restitution to a customer.  The suspension is in effect from December 21, 2020, through January 20, 2021. According to the AWC, “Without admitting or denying the findings, Virga consented to the sanctions and to the entry…

KlaymanToskes Investigates David Lerner Associates Recommended Investments in Proprietary Non-Traded Investments Concentrated in Energy Sector

KlaymanToskes Investigates David Lerner Associates Recommended Investments in Proprietary Non-Traded Investments Concentrated in Energy Sector

National securities fraud law firm, KlaymanToskes (“KT”), announces  its investigation into David Lerner Associates for the unsuitable concentration in proprietary products invested non-traded Oil & Gas Investments offered exclusively to its clients.  The concentrated investments include the Energy 11 LP, Energy Resource 12 LP and Spirit of America Fund (SOAEX).  In addition to the precipitous loss in value, the majority of the interest payments received by investors are now considered, return of capital. According to securities attorney, Lawrence L. Klayman, “David Lerner Associates recommended proprietary products that were unsuitable for most conservative or retired investors”.  According to the Energy 11…

ATTENTION CUSTOMERS WITH ACCOUNTS SERVICED BY FINANCIAL ADVISOR JOSEPH IJONG CHU – KlaymanToskes Files FINRA Arbitration Claim against Merrill Lynch and RBC Seeking $1,000,000 on Behalf of Investors

ATTENTION CUSTOMERS WITH ACCOUNTS SERVICED BY FINANCIAL ADVISOR JOSEPH IJONG CHU – KlaymanToskes Files FINRA Arbitration Claim against Merrill Lynch and RBC Seeking $1,000,000 on Behalf of Investors

KlaymanToskes (“KT”) announces that it recently filed a claim for breach of fiduciary duty seeking $1,000,000 against Merrill Lynch (NYSE: BAC) and RBC Capital Markets (“RBC”) on behalf of investors who had discretionary accounts mishandled by Joseph Ijong Chu (“Chu”).  A discretionary account is one that allows an authorized broker, in this case Chu, to buy and sell securities without client consent on each trade and is based on a client consent granting this authorization in writing.  This type of relationship is especially one of trust. According to the claim, the investors gave Chu discretion to invest their hard-earned savings…

ATTENTION UPS EMPLOYEES WITH MERRILL LYNCH ACCOUNTS: KlaymanToskes Continues to Investigate Claims for UPS Employees with Losses from Unsuitable Covered Call Writing Strategies

KlaymanToskes (“KT”) continues to investigate and pursue FINRA arbitration claims against Merrill Lynch on behalf of UPS (NYSE: UPS) current and former employees for losses sustained from an unsuitable recommendation to employ a covered call writing strategy. Many UPS employees were solicited to invest with Merrill Lynch after UPS stock went public in 1999.  Merrill Lynch and its financial advisors recommended to many UPS employees a covered call options writing strategy, sometimes recommending the Rampart Options Management Services Program (“Rampart”) to facilitate the strategy that would generate income to help cover the cost of the UPS employees’ hypo loans.  The…

FSKR INVESTOR ALERT: KlaymanToskes Continues Investigation into Full-Service Brokerage Firms for Recommended Investments in Excess of $250,000 in Franklin Square KKR Capital II Fund Predecessors Prior to the IPO

FSKR INVESTOR ALERT: KlaymanToskes Continues Investigation into Full-Service Brokerage Firms for Recommended Investments in Excess of $250,000 in Franklin Square KKR Capital II Fund Predecessors Prior to the IPO

New York–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National investment fraud law firm, KlaymanToskes (“KT”), continues its investigation into full-service brokerage firms for the unsuitable recommendations to purchase non-traded Business Development Companies (“BDCs”) including:  FS Investment Corp II (“FSIC II”), FS Investment Corp III (“FSIC III”), FS Investment Corp IV (“FSIC IV”), and Corporate Capital Trust (“CCTII”).  These four BDCs merged into the Franklin Square KKR Capital II Fund (NYSE:FSKR) on December 18, 2019.   On June 17, 2020, FSKR announced the listing on the NYSE.  These investments, and other non-traded BDCs, may have been marketed and sold to investors who were risk averse, such as retirees…

ATTENTION EXERCISE AND HOLD STRATEGY INVESTORS WITH EMPLOYER COMPANY STOCK:  KlaymanToskes Commences Investigation into Full-service Brokerage Firms for Mismanagement of Concentrated, Leveraged Positions in Employer Company Stock

ATTENTION EXERCISE AND HOLD STRATEGY INVESTORS WITH EMPLOYER COMPANY STOCK: KlaymanToskes Commences Investigation into Full-service Brokerage Firms for Mismanagement of Concentrated, Leveraged Positions in Employer Company Stock

National investment fraud law firm, KlaymanToskes (“KT”), commences an investigation into full-service brokerage firms for the mismanagement of concentrated, company stock positions accumulated through employer sponsored plans.  The investigation focuses on whether full-service brokerage firm recommendations for an “exercise and hold” strategy represents unsuitable investment advice and a failure to supervise the management of concentrated, leveraged positions in employer company stock. Investment portfolios holding large concentrated stock positions carry significant downside risks, especially when leveraged by a margin loan.  Full-service brokerage firms whose customers hold large concentrated stock positions have a duty to ensure that their customers understand the risks…

GPB CAPITAL INVESTOR ALERT: KlaymanToskes Continues to Investigate and Pursue Millions of Dollars in FINRA Arbitration Claims for Investors

GPB CAPITAL INVESTOR ALERT: KlaymanToskes Continues to Investigate and Pursue Millions of Dollars in FINRA Arbitration Claims for Investors

National investor fraud law firm, KlaymanToskes (“KT”), continues to investigate and pursue FINRA arbitration claims on behalf of investors who were solicited to purchase millions of dollars of private placement securities in GPB Capital Holdings (“GPB”) in the form of notes.  Brokerage firms were required to perform due diligence prior to recommending GPB to their customers and the failure to do so may result in liability.  More than 60 broker-dealers sold GPB funds, including Ascendant Alternative Strategies, LLC, Royal Alliance Associates Inc., Sagepoint Financial Inc., FSC Securities Corp., and Woodbury Financial Services Inc. Investors who have lost more than $100,000…

ATTENTION CHESAPEAKE ENERGY EMPLOYEES:  KlaymanToskes Continues Investigation into Damages of More Than $500,000 Sustained in Chesapeake Energy Stock with Full-Service Brokerage Firms

ATTENTION CHESAPEAKE ENERGY EMPLOYEES: KlaymanToskes Continues Investigation into Damages of More Than $500,000 Sustained in Chesapeake Energy Stock with Full-Service Brokerage Firms

National investment fraud law firm, KlaymanToskes (“KT”), continues its investigation into damages of more than $500,000 sustained by current/former employees who held large positions in Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) stock at full-service brokerage firms. Investment portfolios holding large positions can carry significant downside risks. The investigation focuses on full-service brokerage firms’ negligence and failure to supervise the management of large concentrated positions that resulted in investors suffering substantial losses. Employees may have accumulated concentrated investments in Chesapeake Energy stock due to their participation in employer-sponsored plans or merger acquisitions.  No matter what the reason for maintaining a concentrated stock position, a…

FSKR INVESTOR ALERT: KlaymanToskes Investigates Full-Service Brokerage Firms for Unsuitable Investment Recommendations Regarding Franklin Square KKR Capital II Fund

FSKR INVESTOR ALERT: KlaymanToskes Investigates Full-Service Brokerage Firms for Unsuitable Investment Recommendations Regarding Franklin Square KKR Capital II Fund

National investment fraud law firm, KlaymanToskes (“KT”), announces an investigation into full-service brokerage firms for the unsuitable recommendations to purchase non-traded Business Development Companies (“BDCs”) including:  FS Investment Corp II (“FSIC II”), FS Investment Corp III (“FSIC III”), FS Investment Corp IV (“FSIC IV”), and Corporate Capital Trust (“CCTII”).  These four BDCs merged into the Franklin Square KKR Capital II Fund (NYSE:FSKR) on December 18, 2019.   On June 17, 2020, FSKR announced the listing on the NYSE and that “J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, A Stifel Company, and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey are serving as lead advisors to…

ATTENTION UPS EMPLOYEES WITH RAMPART ACCOUNTS AT MERRILL LYNCH:  KlaymanToskes Continues to Investigate Claims for UPS Employees with Losses from Unsuitable Covered Call Writing Strategies

ATTENTION UPS EMPLOYEES WITH RAMPART ACCOUNTS AT MERRILL LYNCH: KlaymanToskes Continues to Investigate Claims for UPS Employees with Losses from Unsuitable Covered Call Writing Strategies

KlaymanToskes (“KT”), www.klaymantoskes.com, continues to investigate and pursue FINRA arbitration claims against Merrill Lynch on behalf of UPS (NYSE: UPS) employees for losses sustained from an unsuitable recommendation to invest in the Rampart Options Management Services Program (“Rampart”). According to multiple FINRA claims, Merrill Lynch employed an unsuitable covered call writing strategy. After hard-working UPS employees accumulated thousands of UPS shares through UPS’s Employee Stock Purchase Program and the Manager Incentive Program, they were solicited to invest with Merrill Lynch.  Merrill Lynch and its financial advisors recommended Rampart to facilitate the unsuitable investment strategy of selling covered call options on…

ATTENTION GOLDMAN SACHS MLP AND ENERGY RENAISSANCE FUND (GER) INVESTORS – KlaymanToskes Continues Investigation on Behalf of GER Investors Who Sustained Losses in Excess of $250,000 as a Result of a Recommendation from their Financial Advisor

ATTENTION GOLDMAN SACHS MLP AND ENERGY RENAISSANCE FUND (GER) INVESTORS – KlaymanToskes Continues Investigation on Behalf of GER Investors Who Sustained Losses in Excess of $250,000 as a Result of a Recommendation from their Financial Advisor

KlaymanToskes (“KT”), http://www.klaymantoskes.com, continues its investigation on behalf of investors who sustained losses from the purchase of Goldman Sachs MLP and Energy Renaissance (NYSE:GER) (“GER”), a Master Limited Partnership (“MLP”).  This investment may have been marketed and sold to customers who were risk averse, such as retirees or other conservative investors, that were seeking income and capital preservation and were not explained the potential risks. MLPs are investment vehicles available only to the real estate and natural resource sectors.  Unfortunately, MLPs may become risky during times when those sectors are hit hard.  Real estate and natural resources, especially the energy…

ATTENTION UBS CUSTOMERS WITH YES ACCOUNT LOSSES:  KlaymanToskes Continues to Investigate and Pursue Claims to Recover Investment Losses

ATTENTION UBS CUSTOMERS WITH YES ACCOUNT LOSSES: KlaymanToskes Continues to Investigate and Pursue Claims to Recover Investment Losses

KlaymanToskes, www.klaymantoskes.com, continues to  investigate and pursue claims to recover investment losses suffered by investors in UBS’s (NYSE:UBS) Yield Enhancement Strategy (“YES”). KT believes that investor claims are meritorious as they relate to the marketing, offer, and sale of the YES strategy, including the sales presentation that was provided to customers. The YES program utilized an options strategy known as the Iron Condor, trading call and put options on the S&P 500. UBS characterized YES as a strategy that would have limited correlation to the market and as having downside protection. However, the YES strategy has shown significant correlation to…

NOTICE TO UPS EMPLOYEES WITH ACCOUNTS AT MERRILL LYNCH:  KlaymanToskes Continues to Investigate and Pursue Claims on Behalf of UPS Employees Who Sustained Losses from Unsuitable Covered Call Writing Strategies

NOTICE TO UPS EMPLOYEES WITH ACCOUNTS AT MERRILL LYNCH: KlaymanToskes Continues to Investigate and Pursue Claims on Behalf of UPS Employees Who Sustained Losses from Unsuitable Covered Call Writing Strategies

KlaymanToskes (“KT”), www.klaymantoskes.com, continues to investigate FINRA arbitration claims for current and former UPS (NYSE: UPS) employees with accounts at Merrill Lynch, for losses sustained from unsuitable covered call writing strategies for concentrated UPS stock positions. According to multiple FINRA claims, Merrill Lynch employed an unsuitable covered call writing strategy. After hard-working UPS employees accumulated thousands of UPS shares through UPS’s Employee Stock Purchase Program and the Manager Incentive Program, they were solicited to invest with Merrill Lynch.  Merrill Lynch recommended a call writing strategy, to earn stable income.  The strike prices that the call options were sold at were…

ATTENTION CHESAPEAKE ENERGY INVESTORS – KlaymanToskes Continues Investigation on Behalf of Chesapeake Energy Investors Who Sustained Losses in Excess of $250,000 as a Result of a Recommendation from their Financial Advisor

ATTENTION CHESAPEAKE ENERGY INVESTORS – KlaymanToskes Continues Investigation on Behalf of Chesapeake Energy Investors Who Sustained Losses in Excess of $250,000 as a Result of a Recommendation from their Financial Advisor

KlaymanToskes (“KT”), http://www.klaymantoskes.com, continues their investigation on behalf of investors who sustained losses in excess of $250,000 in Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) (“Chesapeake”) as a result of recommendations from their financial advisor including unsuitable asset allocations in the Energy sector.  This investment may have been marketed and sold to customers who were risk averse, such as retirees or other conservative investors, that were seeking income and capital preservation and were not explained the potential risks. Oil & Gas investments are historically risky during times of volatility and/or reduced demand.  These risks should be explained by financial advisors prior to recommending these…

ATTENTION CURRENT AND FORMER UBS CUSTOMERS WITH YES ACCOUNT LOSSES:  KlaymanToskes Continues to Investigate and Pursue Claims to Recover Investment Losses

ATTENTION CURRENT AND FORMER UBS CUSTOMERS WITH YES ACCOUNT LOSSES: KlaymanToskes Continues to Investigate and Pursue Claims to Recover Investment Losses

KlaymanToskes, www.klaymantoskes.com, continues to  investigate and pursue claims to recover investment losses suffered by investors in UBS’s (NYSE:UBS) Yield Enhancement Strategy (“YES”). KT has recently received important information relating to the marketing, offer, and sale of the YES strategy to UBS customers. KT believes that investor claims are meritorious as they relate to the marketing, offer, and sale of the YES strategy, including the sales presentation that was provided to customers. The YES program utilized an options strategy known as the Iron Condor, trading call and put options on the S&P 500. UBS characterized YES as a strategy that would…

ATTENTION WELLS FARGO CUSTOMERS WITH OIL & GAS INVESTMENTS RECOMMENDED BY THEIR FINANCIAL ADVISOR – KlaymanToskes Commences Investigation on Behalf of Investors Who Sustained Losses in Excess of $250,000

ATTENTION WELLS FARGO CUSTOMERS WITH OIL & GAS INVESTMENTS RECOMMENDED BY THEIR FINANCIAL ADVISOR – KlaymanToskes Commences Investigation on Behalf of Investors Who Sustained Losses in Excess of $250,000

KlaymanToskes (“KT”), http://www.klaymantoskes.com, announces an investigation on behalf of investors with Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) accounts who sustained losses from investments in the Energy Sector, High Yield Debt, and investments tied to the Alerian MLP Index, including Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”), Exchange Traded Funds (“ETFs”), Exchange Traded Notes (“ETNs”), and Business Development Companies (“BDCs”).  These investments may have been marketed and sold to customers who were risk averse, such as retirees or other conservative investors, that were seeking income and capital preservation and were not explained the potential risks. Investments in Oil & Gas are historically risky during times…

ATTENTION UBS CUSTOMERS WITH OIL & GAS INVESTMENTS RECOMMENDED BY THEIR FINANCIAL ADVISOR – KlaymanToskes Commences Investigation on Behalf of Investors Who Sustained Losses in Excess of $250,000

ATTENTION UBS CUSTOMERS WITH OIL & GAS INVESTMENTS RECOMMENDED BY THEIR FINANCIAL ADVISOR – KlaymanToskes Commences Investigation on Behalf of Investors Who Sustained Losses in Excess of $250,000

KlaymanToskes (“KT”), http://www.klaymantoskes.com, announces an investigation on behalf of investors with UBS (NYSE:UBS) accounts who sustained losses from investments in the Energy Sector, High Yield Debt, and investments tied to the Alerian MLP Index, including Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”), Exchange Traded Funds (“ETFs”), Exchange Traded Notes (“ETNs”), and Business Development Companies (“BDCs”).  These investments may have been marketed and sold to customers who were risk averse, such as retirees or other conservative investors, that were seeking income and capital preservation and were not explained the potential risks. Investments in Oil & Gas are historically risky during times of volatility and/or…

ATTENTION MORGAN STANLEY CUSTOMERS WITH OIL & GAS INVESTMENTS RECOMMENDED BY THEIR FINANCIAL ADVISOR – KlaymanToskes Commences Investigation on Behalf of Investors Who Sustained Losses in Excess of $250,000

ATTENTION MORGAN STANLEY CUSTOMERS WITH OIL & GAS INVESTMENTS RECOMMENDED BY THEIR FINANCIAL ADVISOR – KlaymanToskes Commences Investigation on Behalf of Investors Who Sustained Losses in Excess of $250,000

KlaymanToskes (“KT”), http://www.klaymantoskes.com, announces an investigation on behalf of investors with Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) accounts who sustained losses from investments in the Energy Sector, High Yield Debt, and investments tied to the Alerian MLP Index, including Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”), Exchange Traded Funds (“ETFs”), Exchange Traded Notes (“ETNs”), and Business Development Companies (“BDCs”).  These investments may have been marketed and sold to customers who were risk averse, such as retirees or other conservative investors, that were seeking income and capital preservation and were not explained the potential risks. Investments in Oil & Gas are historically risky during times of volatility…