Securities Investigation – FS Energy & Power Fund
Have you suffered losses investing in FS Energy and Power Fund? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses through FINRA Arbitration.
On October 18, 2016, FS Energy & Power Fund (FSEP) increased its public offering price of common shares, in accordance with its share pricing policy, to $8.30 per share from $8.25 per share. The increase in the offering price is effective as of October 19, 2016.
Additionally, on October 13, 2016, FSEP amended and restated its distribution reinvestment plan (DRP), effective November 30, 2016. Under the amended DRP, cash distributions to participating shareholders will be reinvested in additional shares at a price determined by the board of directors that will not exceed 2.5% of the net asset value per share as of such date, compared to the previous reinvestment price of 90% of the then current public offering price.
Investing in Business Development Companies
Founded in 2007, FS Investments manage a variety of BDCs including non-traded, as well as a publicly traded BDC on the NYSE. A Business Development Company (“BDC”) is a form of investment company that invests in small and mid-sized businesses. Investors can buy shares in a BDC, and the money from their investment are used to fund the businesses. In turn, investors can profit from dividends paid on their investments, or, in some cases, the sale of their shares.
For an in depth look see BDCs – the good, the bad, and the UGLY.
FS Investments often raises money for investments through Reg D private placement offerings like the company did for FS Energy & Power Fund. These Reg D private placements are then typically sold by brokerage firms in exchange for a large up front commission, usually between 7-10%, as well as additional “due diligence fees” that can range from 1-3%.
The trouble with alternative investment products, like FS Energy & Power Fund, is that they involve a high degree of risk. These investments and are typically sold as unregistered securities which lack the same regulatory oversight as more traditional investment products like stocks or bonds.
In addition, oil and gas companies have been flailing since mid-2014 when oil prices dropped. Haynes and Boone has tracked 102 North American oil and gas producers that have filed for bankruptcy since the beginning of 2015. These bankruptcies, including Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 15, and Canadian cases, involve approximately $67.8 billion in cumulative secured and unsecured debt.
The White Law Group is investigating the liability that broker-dealers and financial professionals may have for improperly recommending FS Energy and Power Fund and other FS investments to its clients.
Brokerage firms and financial advisors have a fiduciary duty to perform adequate due diligence on any investment they recommend and to ensure that such recommendations are appropriate for their client in light of that particular clients’ age, income, investment experience, investment objectives, and net worth.
If you suffered losses investing in FS Energy & Power Fund, the securities attorneys of The White Law Group at (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. The firm represents investors throughout the country in claims against their brokerage firm.
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