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GenSpring Clients Could Recover Losses

Securities fraud attorneys are currently investigating claims on behalf of investors who suffered significant losses in their accounts with GenSpring Family Offices LLC, a firm owned by a wholly-owned SunTrust subsidiary. Reportedly, arbitration cases have already been filed on behalf of ultra-high-net-worth investors which allege mishandling of investment accounts by GenSpring.

GenSpring Clients Could Recover Losses

In one case, the investors’ trust interviewed multiple money managers and investment firms including Credit Sussie, CitiGroup, Deutsche Bank, LaSalle Bank and Goldman Sachs. All of these firms recommended diversification across traditional asset classes, such as bonds and equities, as well as selective investments in alternative products for special situations.

However, the claim asserts that GenSpring stood out because of its unique approach which would provide better downside protection and better returns through the use of Multi-Strategy Hedge Funds, such as Silver Creek Funds, instead of the bond or fixed income portion of client portfolios. Allegedly, GenSpring officials claimed that their approach, which had been tested thoroughly, would behave like traditional bonds in terms of asset class correlation and volatility while providing returns across all market cycles that were superior to traditional bonds. The trust invested approximately $10 million and stated its primary goal as capital preservation.

In another case, trustees stated that they would need access to the funds within 6 to 18 months for business opportunities and, thus, needed safe, liquid investments. They invested $25 million with GenSpring, using primarily Multi-Strategy Hedge Funds.

In both cases, the Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund investments plummeted with the stock market in late 2008 and early 2009. Traditional bonds, however, rose more than 5 percent. According to stock fraud lawyers, the firm’s clients are at a continued risk of liquidity damage because they are unable to liquidate their very large investments.

Securities fraud attorneys say that there was no reasonable basis for GenSpring to believe that the Multi-Strategy Hedge Funds would provide adequate diversification or perform like bonds.

If you are an ultra-high-net-worth investor who suffered significant losses because of GenSpring’s recommendation of Multi-Strategy Hedge Funds, you may be able to recover your losses through securities arbitration. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact a securities arbitration lawyer at Law Office of Christopher J. Gray., P.C. at (866) 966-9598 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.

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