Securities fraud attorneys are currently investigating claims on behalf of investors who suffered significant losses as a result of their investment in Behringer Harvard Strategic Opportunity Fund I. Reportedly, this investment is in serious trouble, with its assets being far outweighed by its liabilities. Behringer Harvard Strategic Opportunity Fund I was initially offered in 2005 and, since then, has raised $65 million. Six properties were involved in the fund’s investing, including a hotel in Los Angeles and an office building in Amsterdam. It has been reported that, around the middle of August, Behringer Harvard informed brokers of the fund’s problems.
Allegedly, many brokers recommended Behringer Harvard Strategic Opportunity Fund I to their clients, misrepresenting the investment as low risk and safe. Furthermore, investment fraud lawyers say some brokers unsuitably placed an overconcentration of client assets in the product.
Chief executive of the funds of which Behringer Harvard’s opportunity platform consist, Michael O’Hanlon, stated that Behringer Harvard Strategic Opportunity Fund I’s “liabilities are greater than its assets.” O’Hanlon also stated that a “swing issue” is in effect over the Los Angeles hotel and the fund is currently negotiating with banks on the issue.
This is not the first problem investors have had with Behringer Harvard. For more information on potential cases involving Behringer Harvard, see the previous blog posts, “Investors’ Behringer Harvard Losses Could Be Recovered” and “More Trouble for Investors of Behringer Harvard.”
According to securities fraud attorneys, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority rules have established that brokers and firms have an obligation to fully disclose all the risks of a given investment when making recommendations, and those recommendations must be suitable for the individual investor receiving the recommendation given their age, investment objectives and risk tolerance. It is now believed, with current information available about Behringer Harvard products, that many brokers and brokerage firms sold these products to investors without adequately investigating the risks or suitability of the products.
If you suffered significant losses as a result of your investment in Behringer Harvard Strategic Opportunity Fund I, or another Behringer Harvard product, you may be able to recover losses through securities arbitration. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact an investment fraud lawyer at The Law Office of Christopher J. Gray at (866) 966-9598 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.