Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT – Securities Investigation
Have you suffered investment losses in Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses through FINRA arbitration.
On October 10, 2016, the board of directors of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc. amended and restated its distribution reinvestment plan (DRP). The amended DRP revises the purchase price to equal the most recent net asset value per share. The amendment will be effective as of October 24, 2016.
The White Law Group continues to investigate potential securities fraud claims involving broker-dealers’ improper recommendation of high-risk non-traded REIT investments, like Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT.
Risks of REITs
Many investors are not fully aware of the problems and risks associated with REITs before purchasing them.
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are complex and inherently risky products. Compared to traditional investments, such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds, REITs are significantly more complex and often better suited for sophisticated and institutional investors.
Another problem often associated with REIT recommendations is the high sales commissions brokers typically earn for selling REITs – as high as 15%. Brokers have an obligation to make investment recommendations that are consistent with their clients risk tolerance, net worth, investment objectives and experience in the market. Unfortunately, in many cases, the high sales commission may provide some brokers with enough incentive to make unsuitable investment recommendations.
In addition to the high risks, non-traded REITs, like Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT often lack liquidity. Investors looking to sell these investments often have difficulty finding a buyer, and if they are able to find one can suffer significant losses on the sale.
Broker dealers are required to perform adequate due diligence on any investment they recommend and to ensure that all recommendations are suitable for the investor. Firms that fail to do so, may be held responsible for any losses in a FINRA arbitration claim.
If you suffered losses investing in Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT and would like a free consultation with a securities attorney, please call The White Law Group at (888) 637-5510.
The White Law Group is a national securities arbitration, securities fraud, and investor protection law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Vero Beach, Florida.
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