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Saint James/Eos: 360 Global/Viansa Redux?

The star-crossed purchase of Eos Estates by The Saint James Company — a self-professed penny stock shell which had no assets before the acquisition — appears uncannily similar to the 360 Global/Viansa debacle, thisĀ  according to public records and extensive interviews with attorneys, industry executives as well as financial and securities experts.

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THE KEY BUT UNSEEN ROLE OF FORMER 360 GLOBAL/VIANSA HEAD JAKE SHAPIRO

Wine Industry Insight began to look into the Sapphire Wines case in early January following a series of tips — emails and phone calls — from people who said that Joel A. “Jake” Shapiro — who had been at the center of the 360 Global/Viansa debacle — was an investor in The Saint James Company and had become a key player at Eos Estate Winery. Shapiro was the focus of a March 24, 2008 article in Forbes.

Neither Shapiro responded to repeated requests for comments or corrections.

“When I showed up at Eos, I was shocked to find Shapiro there,” said one long-time wine industry veteran. “He’s telling people that he’s the largest investor and that he’s in charge.”

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Also In This Article:

  • SHAPIRO DEFENDED BY SAINT JAMES

  • SHAPIROS ARE MAJOR INDIRECT INVESTORS IN STJC

  • FROM PINNACLE TO IRON EAGLE TO THE SAINT JAMES COMPANY

  • OWNERSHIP SUMMARY OF AN INTERESTING DEAL

  • INTERESTING OWNERSHIP FOOTNOTES

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