Investigation of Ridgewood Energy Z Fund
Have you suffered investment losses in Ridgewood Energy Z Fund? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses by filing a FINRA Dispute Resolution claim against the brokerage firm that sold you the investment.
According to their website, Ridgewood Energy is a private equity firm focused on investments in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The company often raises money for investments through Reg D private placement offerings like the company did for Ridgewood Energy Z Fund. These Reg D private placements are then typically sold by brokerage firms in exchange for a large up front commission.
Many oil and gas LPs have high expense ratios, and due to the decline in the overall health of the oil and gas market, are suffering. Some are on the brink of default, or worse yet, bankruptcy. Such an outcome is extreme, but not unforeseen. It only highlights the unsuitability of these investments for most retail investors – particularly in large concentrations.
The Trouble with Alternative Investments
The trouble with alternative investment products, like Ridgewood Energy Z Fund, is that they involve a much greater degree of risk compared to traditional investments, such as stocks, bonds or mutual funds. Alternative investments are typically sold as unregistered securities and lack the same regulatory oversight as more traditional investment products. An additional risk inherent to Ridgewood offerings is also the general risk that comes with the energy market – a market that has seen enormous losses over the last few years.
Broker dealers that sell alternative investments are required to perform adequate due diligence on all investment recommendations. They must ensure that each investment is suitable for the investor in light of the investor’s age, risk tolerance, net worth, financial needs, and investment experience.
However, another unfortunate by product of Reg D private placements is that the high sales commission brokers earn for selling such products may provide some brokers with enough incentive to push the product to unsuspecting investors who do not fully understand the risks of these types of products.
Recovery of Investment Losses
If a broker or brokerage firm makes an unsuitable investment recommendation or fails to adequately disclose the risks associated with an investment they may be liable for investment losses.
You may be able to recover investment losses in Ridgewood Energy Z Fund or another Ridgewood private placement investment. Please contact The White Law Group at 1-888-637-5510 for a free consultation.
The White Law Group is a national securities fraud, securities arbitration, and investor protection law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Vero Beach, Florida. For more information on the firm, visit www.WhiteSecuritiesLaw.com.