Michael has over 20 years of experience representing individual and small business plaintiffs against the world’s large financial institutions, including Visa, Mastercard, and Chase.
We have filed a class action lawsuit, as well as a number of individual claims, on behalf of investors who have lost money in GPB Capital Funds. On June 21, 2019, GPB admitted that its funds had plummeted in value by as much as 73%, dividends haven’t been paid to investors for months, and redemptions have been suspended.
If you invested in a GPB Capital fund, including GPB Automotive Portfolio and GPB Holdings II, you may be eligible for monetary recovery by joining the class action lawsuit or pursing individual arbitration. Get a free legal consultation and learn more about your options.
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GPB FBI and SEC Investigations
Many GPB investors are still unclear about what is happening with their investment. Here is a full timeline of events resulting in an FBI raid and SEC investigation into GPB Capital investments:
- In spring of 2018 GPB misses April 30th deadline to file financial statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for two of its funds.
- GPB CEO David Gentile admits that Automotive and Holdings II must report audited financial statements that comply with SEC regulations and auditing standards. As a result, GPB further delays the issuance of audited financial statements and its registration filing.
- As a result of SEC regulations, GPB suspends redemptions of the majority of its funds until the audit is complete and registration filings are released.
- In November of 2018 GPB auditor resigns due to “perceived risks.”
- In late 2018 FINRA and the SEC launch GPB investigations.
- In early 2019 the FBI raids GPB Capital’s New York Office related to a search warrant issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office.
- Amid SEC and FBI investigations, in June 2019 GPB admits a significant drop in GPB fund values, with funds declining as much as 73%.
- In September 2019 GPB once again delays the release of GPB audited financial statements that comply with SEC regulations.
- In October 2019 GPB Compliance Chief is charged with obstruction of justice in regards to the GPB SEC investigation.
Many GPB funds have been affected by the company’s fraudulent actions. GPB even suspended redemptions for many funds, including:
- GPB Automotive Portfolio
- GPB Holdings II
- GPB Holdings III
- GPB Holdings Qualified
- GPB Cold Storage
- GPB NYC Development
- GPB Waste Management Fund
Is GPB a ponzi scheme?
Many spectators are speculating that GPB may be a Ponzi Scheme after GPB’s former business partner, who helped it purchase car dealerships, has accused the company in court filings of running a Ponzi scheme.
According to InvesmentNews, the business partner’s complaint accused GPB of using investor’s funds to “prop up” the performance of GPB’s auto dealerships and finance payments to other investors.
In Ponzi schemes, the investors who try to get out the earliest often receive more compensation than the ones who get out last, or don’t get out at all. These investments are inherently unstable and often result in substantial investor losses. While similar, a Ponzi scheme is not the same as a Pyramid scheme. Visit our Pyramid Schemes vs Ponzi Schemes page to learn more about what makes ponzi schemes so unique and dangerous.
Our GPB Lawyers have filed a class action lawsuit as well as a number of individual lawsuits on behalf of GPB investors.
GPB Class Action Lawsuit
On August 2, 2019, Gibbs Law Group LLP and Girard Sharp LLP jointly filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on behalf of certain GPB investors. The lawsuit seeks a variety of relief actions, including to require GPB to provide accurate financial statements to investors.
Our firms have worked hard to ensure investors are eligible to recover their losses. According to David Stein of Gibbs Law Group:
Investors deserve to have complete, truthful information about what is happening with their money; anything less than that is unacceptable.
If you are interested in joining the GPB class action lawsuit, contact our GPB securities team today.
GPB Individual Lawsuits
Our team is representing investors in a number of individual arbitrations against the brokerage firms who sold them investments in GPB.
According to Investors’ Watchdog, some GPB investors may have taken on more risk in their portfolios than they could afford. The company reports:
GPB investments are definitely not suitable for everyone, so I hope the siren song of high commissions doesn’t lead brokers to pitch GPB investment programs—like GPB Automotive Portfolio or GPB Holdings II—to retired schoolteachers and other investors who can’t afford a lot of risk.
Financial advisor and stock broker misconduct is not uncommon and can significantly harm investors. A good financial advisor or stockbroker should understand your circumstances as an investor and recommend only suitable financial products for your age, goals, investment experience, and desired level of risk. But negligent financial advisors will sometimes steer investors into risky or unsuitable investments to obtain higher commissions.
InvestmentNews argues that broker dealers had incentive to sell GPB private placements due to high GPB commissions– as high as 9.3%.
Some of the brokers that sold GPB placements include:
- Royal Alliance Associates Inc.
- Sagepoint Financial Inc.
- FSC Securities Corp.
- Woodbury Financial Services Inc.
If your financial advisor placed you in a GPB Capital Fund you may be able to recover your losses. Contact our GPB lawyers today for a free case evaluation.
Our GPB Lawsuit Experience
Gibbs Law Group has filed the first class action lawsuit in New York on behalf of certain GPB investors as well as a number of individual claims against the stock brokers and investment advisors that sold GPB investments.
AutoNews featured our colleagues at Silver Law Group for their work filing an arbitration claim on behalf on a client who invested $450,000 in GPB’s automotive fund. The article quotes Scott Silver:
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.
Silver Law Group also filed the first arbitration claim against SagePoint Financial on behalf of a GPB investor who had $400,000 invested in GPB’s Automotive Fund. Scott Silver was quoted about his client’s claims in InvestmentNews:
There was a lack of due diligence. Clients were assured that the assets were strong, their principal was secure and the private placements would provide an income stream for years to come.
Our Securities Lawyers Have a Winning Record Against the World's Largest Companies Like GPB Capital
Our securities lawyers have recovered over a billion dollars on behalf of our clients against behemoths, such as Chase Bank, Mastercard, and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Read more about our results.
“My in-laws lost their retirement funds to a dishonest broker. Silver Law Group and Scott Silver aggressively pursued their losses until he got their money back.”
-Silver Law Group client, Ben M.
“You and your entire staff have been wonderfully organized, professional and a delight to hear from. Usually that is not the case when dealing with legal matters – but you guys (gals) rock.”
-Gibbs Law Group client, Amy
Praise from the Courts
Federal judge in our AT&T class action:
“I’ve always found them to be extraordinary counsel in terms of their preparation and their professionalism.”
Federal judge in our Chase lawsuit (resulting in $100 million settlement):
They “fought tooth and nail, down to the wire” to achieve “the best settlement that they could under the circumstances.”
Read more about what judges say about us.
Our Featured GPB Attorneys
Scott focuses his law practice on securities arbitration and litigation and plaintiff-side class action litigation, representing individual investors and institutions in claims against brokerage firms, investment advisors, commodities firms, hedge funds and others.
Eileen is involved in the firm’s securities practice and has over a decade of experience in the legal world. She received her law degree from American University in 2005.
David’s advocacy has generated major recoveries for consumers impacted by financial fraud. He was named to the Top 40 Under 40 by Daily Journal and a “Rising Star in Class Actions” by Law360.
Amanda is spearheading a securities lawsuit against NantHealth concerning fraudulent statements to investors about the success of its key product.
Our GPB Lawyers Team
Gibbs Law Group
Gibbs Law Group’s financial fraud and securities lawyers have more than two decades of experience prosecuting fraud. The firm has successfully litigated against some of the largest companies in the United States, and has recovered more than a billion dollars on clients’ behalf.
Gibbs Law Group attorneys have fought some of the most complex cases brought under federal and state laws nationwide, and have been recognized with numerous awards and honors for their accomplishments, including Top 100 Super Lawyers in Northern California, Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California, The Best Lawyers in America, and rated AV Preeminent (among the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills).
Silver Law Group
Silver Law Group is a team of securities lawyers, forensic accountants, and support staff who are dedicated to helping investors recover losses through securities arbitration and litigation.
The firm is led by Scott Silver, a former Wall Street defense attorney who has been representing customers in securities and investment fraud cases since 2002. Scott is admitted to practice in New York and Florida and the firm’s FINRA arbitration attorneys represents investors nationwide.
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