unable to raise additional capital as an alternative to seeking bankruptcy protection.
Coral Gables, FL (Vocus) November 10, 2010
The Securities Law Firm of Tramont Guerra & Nunez, P.A. (TGN) comments on the Ambac Financial Group announcement of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on November 9, 2010. Ambac Financial Group reported in its SEC Form 8-K filing on November 1, 2010, that it was “unable to raise additional capital as an alternative to seeking bankruptcy protection." The SEC filing further disclosed that the Company had total indebtedness on June 30, 2010 of $1,622 million and that a “filing for bankruptcy protection would accelerate the maturity of all of the Company’s indebtedness.” Ambac Financial Group’s primary subsidiary, Ambac Assurance Corp, issued insurance policies on bond offerings which guaranteed bondholders from loss from any default in interest and principal payments. The bond guarantees were initially issued for bonds in the municipal bond market. The growth in the securitization of the mortgage backed securities led Ambac Financial Group through its subsidiaries to issue guarantees on complex mortgage-related investment vehicles, including collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). During the housing market decline, mortgage defaults resulted in claims against the bond insurer. According to the SEC filings, a significant issue in the bankruptcy proceedings will be the Company’s estimated $7.0 billion net operating loss (NOL) tax carry forward which represents a potential asset for any reorganization plan. TGN urges investors in Ambac Financial Group stock should consider what recourse is available to recover their investment losses in stock held in full-service brokerage accounts. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, (FINRA) is a self regulating organization with sales practice rules and regulations that govern the securities industry’s conduct and safeguard the investing public. For investors who accumulated shares in Ambac Financial Group, the recent developments represent a significant loss in income and investment.
According to TGN, many investors in Ambac Financial Group stock represented a long term holding acquired through investment, inheritance or as an employee of the company. Full-service brokerage firms are obligated to give, and investors are entitled to rely upon, brokerage firms for competent, suitable investment advice concerning risk management strategies for concentrated stock positions. Brokerage firms are required to supervise the activities in brokerage accounts, losses may be attributed to the failure to adequately supervise the stockbroker and the brokerage account Recommendations of unsuitable investments and/or maintaining unprotected concentrated stock positions are both causes of action that may be available to investors against their full-service brokerage firm in an individual securities arbitration claim filed with FINRA.
The Securities Law Firm of Tramont Guerra & Nunez, PA, is a nationally recognized, Martindale Hubbell “AV” rated securities law firm. To request a confidential consultation from a TGN attorney to determine whether you have a viable individual securities arbitration claim for investment losses that exceed $250,000 from a full service brokerage account, contact us on our website. To speak directly with an attorney, call (800) 578-0137 and ask for Ben Fernandez, Esquire.