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According to SEC filings, GPB Automotive Portfolio LP entered into an agreement with Group 1 Automotive, Inc. on September 12, 2021, to sell Prime Automotive for $880 million, consisting of 30 car dealerships and three collision centers located in the Northeast of the United States.  According to a press release issued by Group 1 Automotive, Inc., the Prime Automotive dealerships generated $1.8 billion in annual revenues in 2020.

The future of GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP remains uncertain. Investors of GPB Automotive Portfolio LP are encouraged to act now and contact a securities arbitration law firm for a free consultation and review of their legal rights.

Iorio Altamirano LP is a securities arbitration law firm that represents GPB Automotive.  

August 24, 2021 – This morning, investors of GPB Automotive Portfolio LP woke up to more worrisome news, as the Wall Street Journal reported that the GPB Capital Holdings LLC, is looking to sell its largest dealership group, Prime Automotive, raising speculation that the GPB Automotive is running out of cash.

The latest news follows GPB Automotive’s regulatory filings in May 2021 that disclosed that there was substantial doubt that the business would survive, and July 2021 that disclosed that the Partnership was able to obtain a financing agreement with M&T Bank, but that the Partnership only had sufficient liquidity to meet its financial obligations through July 21, 2022.

In its latest regulatory filing, on August 16, 2021, GPB Automotive disclosed that it might sell dealerships to provide operational liquidity.  According to the Wall Street Journal, such sales may be priced below fair value and go on the book as losses.

On August 6, 2021, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Energy 11 GP, LLC, the general partner of Energy 11, L.P. (“Energy 11”), sent a letter to investors of Energy 11.  Despite the upbeat and optimistic tone of the letter, as well as the representations made by David Lerner Associates, Inc.’s financial advisors to customers, investors have the right to feel concerned about their investments based on Energy 11’s public filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  Most notably for investors:

  • Energy 11 has not made distributions to its limited partners since March 2020.
  • Energy 11 owes its limited partners 18 months of unpaid distributions, totaling more than $36 million.

On August 13, 2021, a FINRA arbitration panel in New York, New York, ruled in favor of a brokerage customer that invested in GPB Automotive Portfolio LP and GPB Waste Management LP at the recommendation of his financial advisor at Hightower Securities, LLC.

The arbitration panel ordered Hightower Securities, LLC to refund $163,201 to the customer in exchange for a return of the limited partnership interests, essentially making the customer whole. The customer had purchased the limited partnership interests for $170,000 and had previously received $6,799 from the investments as a return of capital.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of defrauded investors who were victims in the GPB funds scheme. The GPB funds were marketed to independent broker-dealers and investment advisers who would, in turn, sell the GPB funds to their retail investors.

American Capital Partners, LLC is a broker-dealer headquartered in Hauppauge, New York. According to publicly available records filed with the SEC, the firm likely received sales compensation for selling the GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP to retail investors. Upon information and belief, broker Frank Palumbo was one of the financial advisors at American Capital Partners, LLC’s that recommend GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP to retail customers.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of defrauded investors who were victims in the GPB Capital funds scheme. The GPB Capital funds were marketed to independent broker-dealers and investment advisers who would, in turn, sell the GPB funds to their retail investors.

Customers who have invested in GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP with American Capital Partners, LLC, should contact securities arbitration law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free and confidential consultation and to review their legal rights.

On June 2, 2021, FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council modified a FINRA’s Office of Hearing Officers decision from 2019 that was filed by FINRA’s Department of Enforcement against Titan Securities, Brad Brooks, and broker Richard Demetriou.   The modified order has resulted in a one-year suspension of Titan Securities’ CEO and owner Mr. Brooks.

The enforcement action arose out of alleged misconduct of Mr. Demetriou’s involvement with a private placement of preferred units in a limited partnership, RBCP Preferred, LLC (“RBCP”).  RBCP was organized by the owner of Mr. Demetriou’s previous member firm, who employed Mr. Demetriou to solicit investments from Mr. Demetriou’s previous firm, and Mr. Demetrious represented that RBCP was offered to them as a means of recouping those losses.   Mr. Demetriou recommended RBCP, made misrepresentations concerning the supposed collateral securing the investments, and told customers that an investment of 10 percent of their previous losses would result in recovery of their lost investments, plus a profit – alleged returns of more than 1,000 percent.  The investors did not recoup their losses but instead lost an additional $337,000 when RBCP failed, and the alleged collateral was not foreclosed.

FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council made the following findings:

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Department of Enforcement has filed a disciplinary proceeding complaint against brokerage firm NYPPEX, LLC (CRD No. 47654), Former Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) Laurence Allen (CRD No. 1063970), and Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) Michael Schunk (CRD No. 732595).  The complaint alleges:

  • Allen continued to serve as NYPPEX, LLC’s CEO after being statutorily disqualified in December 2018 when the Office of the New York Attorney General (“New York Attorney General”) secured an Ex Parte Order (the “Order”) from the Supreme Court of the State of New York that preliminarily enjoined and restrained Mr. Allen and NYPPEX Holdings from engaging in securities fraud, violating New York Securities law, and converting or otherwise disposing of or transferring funds from ACP X, LP, a private equity fund controlled by Mr. Allen. NYPPEX, LLC’s CCO Michael Schunk allowed Mr. Allen to continue to associate as NYPPEX, LLC’s CEO despite his statutory disqualification.
  • In March 2019, Mr. Allen devised and orchestrated an aggressive sales campaign to raise $10 million for NYPPEX Holdings through the sale of securities in NYPPEX Holdings. While soliciting these investments, NYPPEX, LLC, and Allen intentionally or recklessly made a series of material misrepresentations and omissions of material fact to prospective investors concerning, among other things, NYPPEX Holdings’ valuation, its financial condition, and its management team. NYPPEX and Allen also failed to disclose to prospective investors the New York Attorney General’s ongoing investigation into Mr. Allen’s and NYPPEX Holdings’ alleged fraudulent activity and the Order that preliminarily enjoined both of them.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of defrauded investors who were victims in the GPB funds scheme. The GPB funds were marketed to independent broker-dealers and investment advisers who would, in turn, sell the GPB funds to their retail investors. According to publicly available records filed with the SEC, broker-dealer WestPark Capital, Inc. likely received sales compensation for selling the GPB funds to retail investors.

If you lost money in GPB funds with WestPark Capital, Inc., you may have a claim.

Former WestPark Capital, Inc. broker John Reilly may have recommended GPB Capital funds or other investments in private placement offerings to clients.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of defrauded investors who were victims in the GPB funds scheme. The GPB funds were marketed to independent broker-dealers and investment advisers who would, in turn, sell the GPB funds to their retail investors. According to publicly available records filed with the SEC, broker-dealer Dinosaur Financial Group, L.L.C. likely received sales compensation for selling the GPB funds to retail investors.

If you lost money in GPB funds with Dinosaur Financial Group, L.L.C., you may have a claim.

Former Dinosaur Financial Group, L.L.C. broker David Michael Karandos may have recommended GPB Capital funds or other investments in private placement offerings to clients.

Iorio Altamirano LLP is investigating claims on behalf of defrauded investors who were victims in the GPB funds scheme. The GPB funds were marketed to independent broker-dealers and investment advisers who would, in turn, sell the GPB funds to their retail investors. According to publicly available records filed with the SEC, broker-dealer McDonald Partners LLC likely received sales compensation for selling the GPB funds to retail investors.

If you lost money in GPB funds with McDonald Partners LLC, you may have a claim.

McDonald Partners LLC has faced FINRA arbitration complaints from customers seeking to recover investment losses. McDonald Partners LLC broker Rita Mansour may have recommended GPB Capital funds or other investments in private placement offerings to clients.

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