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Our securities team is currently investigating and filing legal claims on behalf of investors of Bermuda-based insurance company, Northstar Financial Services Ltd. Various brokerage firms and advisors around the U.S. have recommended and sold Northstar’s products, which includes annuity-type insurance products and other fixed and variable-rate investments. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2020, and is being forced to liquidate, with many investors unable to regain, liquidate, or surrender their investments.
If you were sold Northstar Financial Services products, you may have a legal claim. Speak with one of our experienced attorneys to learn more about your options.
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Northstar Financial Services marketed products as low-risk, potentially misleading investors
Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Ltd. offers annuity-type insurance products as well as other fixed and variable-rate investments, which have been sold through broker-dealers in the U.S., and around the globe. Many investors are alleging that Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) investments were marketed to them as conservative or low-risk, and that they carried promises such as guaranteed monthly income, and no risk of loss of their principal investment.
A feature that the company claimed set its’ products apart from other insurance products was a “segregated account” structure that was supposed to add an added layer of security through maintaining investors’ funds separately from Northstar’s creditors. In addition, the company often touted that its’ products provided certain tax benefits not available for US-based investments.
In reality, Northstar Financial Services’ products were not as safe and secure as they purported to be, and the company has been unable to follow through on its’ promises to investors. The company has suspended monthly income payments, and has been unable to honor liquidation and surrender requests.
Northstar Financial Services files for Chapter 15 bankruptcy, owner convicted of fraud and bribery
The company seemed to run into financial trouble after it was purchased by holdings company, Global Growth (previously Eli Global), in 2018, which is owned by business executive Greg Lindberg. Shortly after acquiring the company, Lindberg was indicted and then convicted of wire fraud and bribery, and is now serving prison time. The Wall Street Journal that Lindberg may have used Global Growth to channel money into other companies he owned to further enrich himself and fund his lavish lifestyle. Funds from Global Growth’s purchase of Northstar may have been used for this purpose.
In 2020, Northstar Bermuda filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy, and then commenced insolvency proceedings, which is a process that sometimes occurs when a company is in financial distress, and is legally required to liquidate in order to pay off outstanding debts. On March 26, 2021, the Supreme Court of Bermuda issued an order to appoint a liquidator and will require Northstar to liquidate its’ assets.
Brokerage firms and advisors may have improperly marketed and sold Northstar Financial Services products to investors
A number of U.S.-based brokerage firms and financial management institutions have recommended Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) products, including:
- Ocean Financial Services, LLC (a/k/a Ocean Bank),
- Trust Investment Services, Inc. (formerly Suntrust),
- Bankoh Investment Services, Inc.,
- Hancock Whitney Investment Services
- Cetera Financial
- P. Morgan Securities
Financial advisors and brokerage firms have an obligation to do their due diligence, properly disclose potential risks, and recommend suitable products based on investor needs and requests. Gibbs Law Group and Silver Law Group are reviewing potential claims on behalf of Northstar (Bermuda) investors who may have suffered significant losses after they were recommended unsuitable products.
We are representing investors who suffered financial losses after investing in fixed and variable rate products offered by Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Ltd, including the following products:
- Global Interest Accumulator
- Global Advantage Plus Series
- Global Advantage Select
- Global VIP Elite
- Global Index Product
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