A group of investors in the Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) FG New America Acquisition Corp. (FGNA) filed a lawsuit against several of its executives and directors, accusing them of overselling the value of merger target Opportunity Financial. The lawsuit comes after the value of Opportunity Financial (“OppFi”) plummeted by approximately 80% following the completion of the take-public transaction.

Former FGNA shareholder Sean Murray lodged the complaint in Delaware Chancery Court, naming the SPAC and certain officers and other board members as defendants. The suit is on behalf of all record and beneficial holders of FGNA common stock who held such stock on the redemption deadline of July 14, 2021, and did not redeem all such shares.

Kehoe Law Firm Partner Michael Yarnoff, who represents the plaintiffs, expressed confidence in the merits of the lawsuit. “The complaint outlines serious breaches of fiduciary duties and misrepresentations that have harmed the interests of OppFi SPAC investors,” Yarnoff stated. “We believe the evidence strongly supports the allegations, and we are committed to pursuing justice for our clients.” 

Murray alleges that FGNA and the individual defendants failed to uphold basic principles of Delaware corporate governance, prioritizing their own financial interests over those of the company’s stockholders. The lawsuit contends that decisions were made with a disregard for fiduciary duties, resulting in a value-destructive merger with Opportunity Financial.

In the complaint, Murray asserts that the defendants granted themselves financial interests misaligned with public stockholders and forced through the merger based on false and misleading disclosures. The lawsuit highlights the issuance of approximately 6.4 million shares of FGNA Class B common stock to the SPAC’s sponsor, FG New America Investors LLC, and the subsequent transfer of 1.2 million “founder shares” to FGNA’s directors and management.

The complaint contends that these founder shares became valuable only if FGNA closed a merger, creating a strong incentive for the defendants to pursue a business combination and avoid liquidation. This, the plaintiffs argue, compromised the decision-making process and led to a deal that was not in the best interests of public stockholders.

Notably, Murray alleges that FGNA’s negotiations with Opportunity Financial were tainted by financial conflicts, and the board served merely as a “rubber stamp.” The lawsuit claims that the proxy statement issued by FGNA omitted crucial information about the merger’s value, including high dilution of FGNA shares and misleading representations about Legacy OppFi’s financial projections.

For more information about Kehoe Law Firm and its involvement in this matter, please contact Michael Yarnoff at [email protected] or call (215) 792-6676.