The recipient of many QTWW fees. Questionable operations in the pipeline imo and will filter down to others possibly.
"In a related aside, a number of readers have asked about the relationship between AEI and venture firms Kleiner Perkins and New Enterprise Associates – both of which have reps on the boards of companies like Fisker and Bloom.
Let me just say this: When AEI agreed to settle with the SEC for defrauding investors on Bloom, I asked both Kleiner and NEA if they would formally ask their portfolio companies to stop doing business with AEI. Neither one would comment. Then Fisker went out and raised more money via AEI (albeit through a process that had begun before the SEC settlement)."
They do have a reputation and history. They all seem to band together.
"As reported last week in the Orange County Register, an investor named Daniel Wray has sued Fisker Automotive, alleging that the company and the fund through which he invested, Advanced Equities Inc., committed fraud and breach of fiduciary duty when they sold him the stock.
Wray bought roughly $210,000 in preferred Fisker stock from AEI in the 18 months between October 2009 and April 2011. AEI bundled money to invest, in units of roughly $100,000, from high-net worth individuals. In total, it invested $25 million in Fisker over two years.
Last month, Wray got a letter from Fisker saying that due to the company's "urgent need for equity capital, the financing now contains a 'pay to play' provision" that required him to invest an additional $83,900 within nine days.
Wray risked sacrificing several of the benefits of his preferred stock if he didn't invest. They include protection against "dilution" of his share if further stock was sold, a price discount on future stock purchases if Fisker went public, and a preferential position among creditors in any bankruptcy."
Old news. First reported in October. And there is nothing illegal about anti-dilution provisions which grant a prior investor an option to participate in future raises, in exchange for reduction in rights to prior share rights granted if they do not participate.