Claim alleges scheme to coerce sale of valuable portfolio of life insurance policies below its true value
BOCA RATON, FL / ACCESSWIRE / January 29, 2019 / Emergent Capital, Inc. (EMGC) ("Emergent" or the "Company"), today announced that on January 25, 2019, Emergent and certain of its subsidiaries filed a complaint in United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware against LNV Corporation, Silver Point Capital L.P. and GWG Holdings, Inc. The suit will be administered together with the previously filed and announced petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code of White Eagle Asset Portfolio, LP ("White Eagle"), Lamington Road Designated Activity Company (f/k/a Lamington Road Limited) ("Lamington") and White Eagle General Partner, LLC ("WEGP"). LNV, a subsidiary of Beal Bank, is the lender under White Eagle's outstanding revolving credit facility (the "Credit Facility").
In the suit, the Plaintiffs allege that the defendants engaged in a scheme to coerce the Plaintiffs into selling their valuable portfolio of life insurance policies to defendants for well below its true value. Pursuant to the Credit Facility, LNV agreed to lend $370 million to White Eagle, and in connection, receive a 45% equity stake in White Eagle. That equity stake, and LNV's significant control over White Eagle under the Credit Facility, creates a joint venture, and gives rise to fiduciary duties to White Eagle and Emergent, on the part of LNV. The Plaintiffs further allege that LNV has been engaged in a concerted campaign to "squeeze" White Eagle and Emergent by improperly restricting their cash flow, in the hopes that White Eagle and Emergent will have no choice but to sell the valuable policy portfolio to LNV or one of its proxies, including Silver Point and/or GWG, at below its true value.
The Plaintiffs seek, among other things, economic damages and to have the Credit Facility recharacterized as equity rather than debt or, in the alternative, to have LNV's 45% equity stake in White Eagle declared to be unmatured interest on the outstanding loan from LNV under the Credit Facility, which should be disallowed through the effective date of any plan of reorganization of White Eagle.
Separately, in connection with the Chapter 11 cases, on January 15, 2019, White Eagle, Lamington and WEGP received authorization from the Bankruptcy Court to use cash collateral for a period of twenty (20) weeks pursuant to a budget.
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Emergent (EMGC) is a specialty finance company that invests in life settlements. More information about Emergent can be found at www.emergentcapital.com.
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