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Investor Alert: Summit Midstream Partners LP Securities Investigation

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(Last Updated On: February 14, 2017)

Summit Midstream Partners LP Investment Losses

Have you suffered losses investing in Summit Midstream Partners LP?   If so, the securities attorneys of The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses in a FINRA arbitration claim against the brokerage firm that recommended the investment.

Summit Midstream Partners LP is focused on owning and operating midstream energy infrastructure that is strategically located in the core producing areas of unconventional resource basins, primarily shale formations, in North America. The Company currently provides fee-based natural gas gathering and compression services.  The company is based in Dallas, Texas.  According to Bloomberg, the fund is down over 47% in the last year.

According to reports, the North Dakota Industrial Commission has also recently proposed its highest fine ever ($2.4m) for Meadowlark Midstream, a subsidiary of Summit Midstream Partners.

Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), like Summit Midstream Partners LP, are a type of limited partnership that is publicly traded. MLP’s receive the same tax benefits of a limited partnership combined with the liquidity of a publically traded security. In order to be classified as an MLP the partnership must receive 90% of its cash flow from a “qualifying source” – such as real estate, natural resources or commodities.

Risks with Master Limited Partnerships

The vast majority of MLPs have been and continue to be pipeline businesses because of the general nature of the MLP structure and the strict requirements imposed them.  However, MLP’s are extremely complex and risky, making them only suitable for wealthy, sophisticated retail investors or institutional investors.  They are also a dream product for Wall Street because of the fees they generate, which may cause unscrupulous financial advisors looking to maximize their own commissions to recommend them improperly.

It is for this reason that The White Law Group is investigating the liability that brokerage firms may have for recommending high risk MLPs, like Summit Midstream Partners LP, to their clients.

Brokerage firms that sell oil and gas MLPs are required to perform adequate due diligence on the investments to ensure a reasonable likelihood of success, and to evaluate whether the investments are suitable in light of the client’s age, net worth, investment experience, and investment objectives. Firms that fail to perform adequate due diligence, or that make unsuitable recommendations, can be held responsible for losses in a FINRA arbitration claim.

Recovery of Investment Losses

If you suffered losses investing Summit Midstream Partners LP or another MLP and would like to discuss your litigation options, please call The White Law Group at 888-637-5510 for a free consultation.

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.  The firm represents investors throughout the country in FINRA arbitration claims against their brokerage firm.

For more information on The White Law Group, visit www.whitesecuritieslaw.com.