Shareholder Investigation of AmTrust Financial
AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (AFSS) Accused of Misleading Shareholders
According to the filed complaint for alleged violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 between January 22, 2018 and January 18, 2019, in November 2018, AmTrust Financial Services Inc.(AFSS) made a merger agreement that allowed the Karfunkel-Zyskind Family, a family that already owned 55% of AmTrust, and private equity firm Stone Point Capital LLC to acquire the remaining 45% of AmTrust’s minority common shares for $14.75 per share. Since only common stock was acquired in the merger, many stockholders were concerned about the future of AmTrust’s preferred stock. In an effort to solicit approval for the merger and dispel concern for the future of the preferred stock, AmTrust and the Karfunkel-Zyskind family continuously reassured investors that although the common shares were being acquired, the preferred stock would remain publicly traded on the NYSE. Notwithstanding, two months later on January 18, 2019, AmTrust announced it would delist all six series of AmTrust preferred stock from the NYSE. Immediately upon this news, the prices of AmTrust’s preferred stock dropped by almost 40%.