The SEC recently issued a press release warning investors about investing in private placements. As the name suggests, it’s an alternative form of fundraising by hedge funds as well as startups and companies who aren’t ready to or interested in issuing an IPO (initial public offering.) Continue reading ›
Boca Raton, FL-based National Securities Corporation has received a fine of $663,000 after FINRA found that it deceived investors from December 2017 through January 2018. At issue is the price of shares offered in a private placement. National Securities will pay $300,000 in fines and the rest in disgorgement, plus interest. Continue reading ›
Broker Troy Goldberg (CRD#: 2342989) is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed with National Securities Corporation (CRD#: 7569) of Boca Raton, FL. Previous employers include Brookshire Securities Corporation (CRD#:44347) and Newbridge Securities Corporation (CRD#:104065), both of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Preferred Securities Group, Inc. (CRD#:35704), also of Boca Raton. Continue reading ›
Forrest Jones (Forrest Andrew Jones, CRD# 4880765) is a former registered broker and investment advisor whose last known employer was Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD#:7691) of Conroe, TX. His previous employers include Fortune Financial Services, Inc. (CRD#:42150) of Montgomery, TX, McNally Financial Services Corporation (CRD#:121196) of The Woodlands, TX, and MetLife Securities Inc. (CRD#:14251) of Houston, TX. He has been in the industry since 2005. Continue reading ›
Ronald Birnbaum (Ronald David Birnbaum CRD# 238250) is a broker and investment advisor currently registered with Advisory Group Equity Services Ltd. and Trust Advisory Group Ltd. In Newton, Massachusetts. Ronald Birnbaum sold his clients private placements in GPB Capital, which Massachusetts securities regulators accuse of violating securities laws by misleading investors. Continue reading ›
Silver Law Group recently filed a FINRA arbitration claim against Madison Avenue Securities, LLC and registered representatives Angela Sloan, Robert Luley, Jr., and Katherine Spearman (a/k/a Katherine McConnell). The investor’s claims arise out of recommendations to invest in GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP, a private placement managed by GPB Capital Holdings, LLC. Among other things, the investor alleges that Madison Avenue Securities and its registered representatives failed to conduct adequate due diligence on the GPB investment and that the recommendation to invest in GPB was unsuitable, negligent, and constituted a breach of fiduciary duty. Continue reading ›
A compliance executive at broker-dealer Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments (CRD# 35747) says she has been the subject of intimidation, including having her car tampered with and being followed, for speaking up about concerns she had regarding GPB Capital Holdings.
Toni Caiazzo Neff says that when Purshe Kaplan Sterling asked her to research GPB’s private placement investments in 2016, she told her employer to not become involved with the company. Continue reading ›
Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized stockbroker misconduct law firm, is investigating AllianceBernstein Securitized Asset LP (ABSA or Fund) on behalf of shareholders in the Fund, due to ABSA’s recent news to its shareholders.
ABSA is a pooled investment hedge fund, sold by Alliance Bernstein, whose “. . . portfolio is concentrated in mortgage-related securities, it also invests in asset-backed securities, consumer whole loans, and collateralized loan obligations, providing exposure to underlying collateral across residential and commercial mortgages, consumer and auto loans, as well as corporate loans.” Continue reading ›
Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized class action law firm, is investigating AllianceBernstein Energy Opportunity Fund, L.P. and AllianceBernstein Energy Opportunity Fund, L.P II (collectively “AB Energy Funds”) on behalf of shareholders in the company.
The AB Energy Funds are pooled investment private equity funds, focused in the oil and gas industry, sold by AllianceBernstein. According to Alliance Bernstein, the AB Energy Funds’ “. . . investment objective and strategies are to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns, through current income and capital gains, by capitalizing on private and public debt and equity investment opportunities in North American oil and gas producers.” Continue reading ›
Christopher Tolmacs (CRD#: 4648724), a barred broker formerly with Triad Advisors, Inc. (CRD#: 25803) in Portage, MI, is the subject of 18 disclosures on his publicly available FINRA BrokerCheck report.
Christopher Tolmacs has been in the industry since 2003. Before joining Triad Advisors in 2008, he previously worked for ING Financial Partners, Inc. (CRD#: 2882) and Vanguard Capital (CRD#: 22081). Continue reading ›