Did Your Stockbroker Sell You GPB Capital
Massachusetts is investigating allegations that 63 broker-dealer firms may still be selling private placements in GPB Capital Holdings LLC after the firm temporarily stopped raising funds.
The head of the Massachusetts Securities Division, William Galvin, received a tip from an independent firm, and began investigating GPB’s sales practices. His office has requested documentation relating to sales activity in the state, marketing materials provided to investors and information related to investor suitability.
GPB recently stated it is suspending their efforts to raise new capital to take care of overdue accounting and financial reporting of two of its biggest funds, GPB Holdings II and GPB Automotive Portfolio. These two funds have raised a combined $1.3 billion in investor capital, and became eligible to release financial information to the public over a year ago. They are now required to report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, but missed the April 30th deadline.
Additionally, the company is involved in a nasty lawsuit with a former business partner over the sale of an auto dealership. The lawsuit alleges that the partner backed out of a deal to sell $40 million of auto dealerships to GPB.
GPB sells illiquid and high-commission “alternative” investments to wealthy investors as a private placement and deals primarily in buying auto dealerships. Known as a “Reg D,” brokers can sell these investments to institutions as well as accredited investors. The minimum investment required to invest in the GPB Automotive Portfolio was $100,000.
Dana Taormina, a spokeswoman for the company, said in an email statement, “as we have communicated to our advisers and investors, we continue to work to finalize the audited financials necessary to complete the required filings to publicly report on two of our offerings, GPB Holdings II, and GPB Automotive Portfolio.” However, she gave no indication of when the company would release the information to the public.
Many investors now question the true value of their investments and the due diligence done by broker-dealers selling GPB Capital.
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