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Aucoin v VSR Financial Services - $307,000 non-traded REIT & DPP Award

In February 2016, a FINRA arbitration panel in New Orleans, LA ordered VSR Financial Services to pay $307,000 in compensatory damages over non-traded REITs, promissory notes, limited partnerships and oil drilling programs. Dr. Henderson testified on liability and damages over VSR's sale of the non-traded REITs and other investments to the Claimant.

Dr. Henderson's "An Empirical Analysis of Non-traded REITs" forthcoming in the Journal of Wealth Management and SLCG's blog posts on non-traded REITs can be found on our website.

$1.45 Million Bengoa v UBS of Puerto Rico Award

In February 2016, a FINRA arbitration panel in San Juan, PR ordered UBS Financial Services and UBS Financial Services of Puerto Rico to pay at least $1,450,000 in compensatory damages, interest, attorneys' fees and expert costs. Dr. McCann testified on liability and damages over UBS Puerto Rico's sale of UBS Puerto Rico municipal bond closed end funds.

Ford et al v Royal Alliance - $600,000 non-traded REIT, Annuity Award

In February 2016, a FINRA arbitration panel in San Francisco, CA ordered Royal Alliance Associates to pay $596,695 in compensatory damages, attorneys' fees and costs. The Claimants were AT&T retirees who took lump sum payouts rather than pensions and invested with Royal Alliance. Dr. McCann testified on liability and damages over Royal Alliance's sale of non-traded REITs and variable annuities to the Claimants for their retirement portfolio.

Dr. McCann's "Fiduciary Duties and Non-traded REITs" and SLCG's blog posts on non-traded REITs can be found on our website.

Ohio Division of Securities, In the Matter of Timothy K. Fife - Ohio IA Registration to be Revoked

In February 2016, after evidentiary hearings, the Hearing Examiner recommended that Timothy Fife's investment adviser representative registration be revoked. Fife's registration is being revoked because he provided investment advice and initiated securities transactions while not licensed in Ohio and because he recommended the unsuitable purchase and holding for extended periods of time of leveraged and inverse ETFs. Dr. McCann testified on behalf of the Ohio Division of Securities.

SLCG's peer-reviewed publication on leveraged and inverse ETFS include "Leveraged ETFs, Holding Periods and Investment Shortfalls" published in the Journal of Index Investing, "The Properties of Short Term Investing in Leveraged ETFs" published in the Journal of Financial Transformation, and "Crooked Volatility Smiles: Evidence from Leveraged and Inverse ETF Options" published in the Journal of Derivatives & Hedge Funds.

$800,000 Chipi v UBS of Puerto Rico Award

In December 2015, a FINRA arbitration panel in San Juan, PR ordered UBS Financial Services and UBS Financial Services of Puerto Rico to pay $800,000 in compensatory damages, interest, attorneys' fees and expert costs after finding UBS liable for various claims including breach of contract, breach of a broker's duty to supervise, negligent and intentional misrepresentation, fraud and deceit and violations of FINRA's Rules of fair practice over UBS Puerto Rico's sale of UBS Puerto Rico municipal bond closed end funds. Dr. McCann testified on liability and damages.

$1.425 Million Roldan Caraballo v UBS of Puerto Rico Award

In December 2015, a FINRA arbitration panel in Miami, FL ordered UBS Financial Services and UBS Financial Services of Puerto Rico to pay $1,425,000 in compensatory damages, interest, attorneys' fees and expert costs. Dr. McCann testified on liability and damages over UBS Puerto Rico's sale of UBS Puerto Rico municipal bond closed end funds.

Elliott v JP Morgan $1.2 Million Short Treasury Award

In October 2015, a FINRA panel in Los Angeles, CA ordered JP Morgan to pay the Claimant $1.2 Million in compensatory damages, expert witness costs and forum fees after a hearing in which Claimant alleged an unsuitable short Treasury strip strategy increased risk and caused losses. Dr. McCann testified on behalf of the Claimant.

Schvey v Janney Montgomery Scott - $427,000 Churning Award

In August 2015, a FINRA arbitration panel in New York, NY ordered Janney Montgomery Scott to pay $427,000 in compensatory damages after a hearing wherein the Claimant alleged Respondents churned the Claimant's accounts and invested in unsuitable investments. The award is the well-managed account damages based on a 40% stock, 60% bond portfolio. Dr. McCann testified to the egregiousness of the churning and damages on behalf of the Claimant.

$2.545 Million Rodriguez Gonzalez v UBS of Puerto Rico Award

In August 2015, a FINRA arbitration panel in San Juan, PR ordered UBS Financial Services and UBS Financial Services of Puerto Rico to pay $2,545,000 in compensatory damages. Dr. McCann testified on liability and damages over UBS Puerto Rico's sale of UBS Puerto Rico municipal bond closed end funds.

Gonzalez, Mora and Lewis v Royal Alliance - $1.4 Million non-traded REIT, Annuity Award

In July 2015, a FINRA arbitration panel in San Francisco, CA ordered Royal Alliance Associates to pay $1,401,687 in well-managed account damages measured against a 60% stock, 40% bond benchmark, punitive damages, attorneys' fees and expert witness fees. The Claimants were three AT&T retirees who took lump sum payouts rather than pensions and invested with Royal Alliance. Dr. McCann testified on liability and damages over Royal Alliance's sale of non-traded REITs (Inland American Real Estate Trust and Dividend Capital Diversified Property Fund) and variable annuities to the Claimants for their retirement portfolio.

Dr. McCann's "Fiduciary Duties and Non-traded REITs" and SLCG's blog posts on non-traded REITs can be found on our website.

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