Goldman Scarlato Karon & Penny, P.C., on behalf of SWS Group, Inc. (NYSE: SWS) shareholders, is investigating whether the proposed acquisition of SWS Group, Inc. (“SWS” or the “Company”) by Hilltop Holdings Inc. is in the best interest of the Company’s shareholders. It appears that the “special committee” assigned to consider whether this transaction was in the best interest of all of the Company’s shareholders may have lacked independence in approving a deal which provides a lower return than an acquisition previously proposed by the Esposito Group. The chairman of Hilltop Holding, Inc., Gerald Ford, sits on the board of directors of SWS. What You May Do If you have information that would assist the Firm in its investigation or would like to discuss your legal rights, you may, without obligation or cost to you, e-mail us at email@example.com or call us at (484) 580-8736. The Firm also encourages anyone with information about this acquisition or the process undertaken by SWS Group’s board of directors to approve it, to contact us. About Goldman Scarlato Karon & Penny, P.C. The Firm prosecutes securities fraud, consumer fraud, price-fixing, employment class actions, and shareholder-derivative actions throughout the U.S. The Firm’s lawyers have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of consumers, investors, and businesses. To learn more about the Firm, please visit our website, www.gskplaw.com.