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Triad Advisors | Legal woes mount for Advisor Group broker-dealer that sold GPB funds

Triad Advisors | Investment News | Bruce Kelly | March 11, 2020

“Legal woes are increasing for at least one broker-dealer that sold GPB Capital Holdings’ private placements.

Triad Advisors is facing nine investor lawsuits alleging negligence on behalf of its advisers and representatives for selling the private investments, with potential damages reaching close to $2.3 million, according to a financial statement filed last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

That’s an increase of three new investor complaints since November, when Triad’s former parent company, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, said the B-D had been named in six customer arbitration complaints seeking a total of $1.65 million in damages.

Triad Advisors updated its exposure to the new GPB investor lawsuits as part of its annual audited financial statement, called a Financial and Operational Combined Uniform Single report, or FOCUS report, in industry parlance.

Last month, Advisor Group completed its acquisition of Ladenburg Thalmann and its independent broker-dealer subsidiaries, including Triad Advisors.

A spokesman for Advisor Group, Joseph Kuo, did not comment by deadline.

GPB Capital’s legal problems are mounting quickly, and that could spell bad news for the 60 or so B-Ds that sold $1.5 billion of the firm’s private placements. GPB is under investigation by the FBI and the SEC, and it has failed to produce audited financial statements for its funds. Investors don’t know the value of the GPB funds, and thus, of their own investments.”

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