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Did Sunset Financial Services Cause You Investment Losses?

Kansas City, Missouri-based Sunset Financial Services, Inc. submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent (AWC) in which the firm agreed to, without admitting or denying, the described penalties and the entry of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) findings that it sold private placements as an unaffiliated broker-dealer without performing adequate due diligence.  According to FINRA, a third-party diligence report on one private placement alerted the firm of an increased default rate for the loan portfolio, but the firm failed to sufficiently follow up on this red flag and did not re-evaluate the appropriateness of retaining the fund in its approved private placement fund.  FINRA’s findings stated that the firm failed to follow up on another red flag when the fund suspended fund redemptions and stopped accepting new investors due to financial difficulties.  The firm received approximately $1,140,000 from the sale of the fund. 

Additionally, FINRA found that the firm lacked a supervisory system reasonably designed to monitor its due diligence on approved private placements.  FINRA found that the firm delegated almost all responsibilities relating to private placements to its vice president but had no procedures in place to follow up on whether he was properly performing his responsibilities.  Further, the system of supervising suitability was deficient because the vice president simultaneously recommended private placements to customers through his discussions with registered representatives, while reviewing the suitability of these recommendations. According to FINRA, the firm did not create sales materials for any private placements but relied on its registered representatives to submit sponsor-created sales materials to the firm’s compliance department for prior review.  Consequently, the firm was censured, fined $200,000, and ordered to disgorge ill-gotten gains of gross dealer concessions and due diligence fees in the amount of $84,253.03 plus interest as partial restitution to customers.

Do You Need A Missouri Securities Attorney For Private Placement Investment Dispute?

Missouri has thousands of stock brokerage firms and investment advisory offices.  With so many stock brokerage firms and investment advisory offices, comes the potential for their stockbrokers, financial advisors, and other representatives to misrepresent and mislead investors about investing in Private Placements of securities issued by small undercapitalized start-ups, their own companies and other dubious companies and engage in all kinds of stockbroker misconduct which violates Federal and Missouri securities laws and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules and stock brokerage firms policies and procedures. 

Experienced Securities Lawyers for Investors with Private Placement Investment Claims in FINRA Arbitrations Throughout Missouri and Nationwide.

Are you a Missouri investor who has suffered significant losses in your stock brokerage and investment accounts?  Did your Missouri stockbroker or investment advisor misrepresent or mislead you about an investment in a Private Placement or make an unsuitable recommendation that you invest in a Private Placement like GPB Capital Holdings or EquiAlt or otherwise mismanage your investment account? If so, you will need to hire an experienced, highly rated and nationally recognized FINRA securities arbitration law attorney who understands these highly complex and risky Private Placement investments. You need an experienced lawyer knows FINRA rules and procedures inside and out and how to handle these FINRA arbitration cases and other complex legal issues. 

By hiring a top rated and highly successful attorney like Robert Wayne Pearce with over 40 years of experience practicing securities law on both sides of the table in FINRA arbitration proceedings, you will clearly see that Attorney Pearce doesn’t just handle cases—he aggressively represents investors and is one of the best attorneys to recover your investment losses in Private Placements and all types of stockbroker misconduct in FINRA arbitration proceedings!

At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., we represent investors in all kinds of Private Placement of securities in FINRA arbitration and mediation proceedings. We handle a wide range of practice areas such as fraud and misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, failure to supervise, and unsuitable recommendations of Private Placements.  Attorney Pearce and his staff represent investors throughout Missouri, and across the United States on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis, which means you pay nothing – NO FEES-NO COSTS – unless we put money in your pocket after receiving a settlement or FINRA arbitration award.

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Free Initial Consultation With An Experienced Private Placement Investment Attorney Serving Missouri Residents In FINRA Arbitration Proceedings

The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. are highly experienced attorneys who successfully handle Private Placement cases and other securities law matters and investment disputes in FINRA arbitration proceedings, and who work tirelessly to secure the best possible result for you and your case.  For dedicated representation by a lawyer with over 40 years of experience and success in Private Placements and all kinds of securities law and investment disputes serving Missouri citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail

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Robert Pearce

Robert Wayne Pearce of The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. has been a trial attorney for more than 40 years and has helped recover over $125 million dollars for his clients. During that time, he developed a well-respected and highly accomplished legal career representing investors and brokers in disputes with one another and the government and industry regulators. To speak with Attorney Pearce, call (800) 732-2889 or Contact Us online for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION with Attorney Pearce about your case.

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