Scott Silver, the managing partner of Silver Law Group, recently spoke to AutoNews.com for an article about GPB Capital’s ongoing legal troubles. GPB Capital investments were sold by SagePoint Financial, National Securities, and other brokerage firms.
According to the article, GPB Capital Holdings is the majority owner of Prime Automotive Group, which is the 11th-largest dealership group in the country. GPB is the subject of federal and state investigations, and investors are concerned. There is concern that it could collapse and leave Prime without its majority investor and cause people who’ve invested in GPB to lose their money.
The Silver Law Group represents a client who invested $450,000 in GPB’s automotive fund, and has filed an arbitration claim with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority against a broker-dealer on behalf of the client.
In the article, Scott Silver told AutoNews “My clients are mom and pop investors who were basically told that this was a company with a strong historical track record investing into automotive dealerships that would provide them with a good stream of income. And over the last six months, there’s been a domino effect of stories coming out that have the clients really concerned.”
About GPB’s Problems
GPB Capital Holdings says it buys “income-producing private companies”, like auto dealerships, with the money it raises by having financial advisers sell private placements to investors. A private placement is a way to raise funding by selling securities to investors in a private, rather than a public, offering. Private placements involve significant risk, and are not suitable for many investors’ goals.
GPB Capital Holdings has raised over $1.8 billion through registered representatives from independent broker-dealers selling these high-commission private placements as “alternative investments.” Though risky and illiquid, GPB was appealing to many investors because it paid a high return.
Unfortunately for investors, in December 2018, GPB stopped paying its investors to focus on accounting and financial reporting. They’re not raising money anymore. GPB’s sales practices have been called into question, and the company is being investigated by the state of Massachusetts, FINRA, the SEC, the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, the FBI, and the New York City Business Integrity Commission. A former business partner accused the firm of running a Ponzi scheme.
If you purchased GPB Capital, you may have a claim to recover your money.
Silver Law Group represents the interests of investors who have been the victims of investment fraud. Scott Silver is the chairman of the Securities and Financial Fraud Group of the American Association of Justice and represents investors nationwide in securities investment fraud cases. Please contact Scott Silver of the Silver Law Group for a free consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free at (800) 975-4345.