Recovery of Investment Losses in Badlands Energy
Did you lose money investing in Badlands Energy (formerly Gasco Energy Inc.)? If so, the securities attorneys at The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses by filing a FINRA Arbitration claim against the brokerage firm that sold you the investment.
Badlands Energy is an exploration and production company that operates in Utah and California. The Denver-based company filed for bankruptcy last week. This will be its second restructuring in the past four years.
The company emerged from the restructuring of Gasco Energy in 2013. Gasco had been traded publicly, but was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, recapitalized and taken private that year.
According to filings, Badlands Energy has more than $50 million and as much as $100 million in liabilities. On the other side of its balance sheet, the company values its assets between $10 million and $50 million.
Badlands has not yet filed detailed schedules of assets and liabilities, but reports that its 20 largest creditors have claims totaling $30 million.
The company filed a Form D to raise $65,000,000 in capital in 2010 under the name Gasco Energy Inc.
The Trouble with Reg D Private Placements
Reg D private placements are a means for companies to raise capital through the sale of equity or debt securities without having to register their securities with the SEC. These investments are often riskier and more complicated than traditional investments, and are only suitable for high net worth, sophisticated investors.
Despite the risks of investing in private placements, brokerage firms continue to push this type of investment because of the high commissions associated with their sale and creation.
The White Law Group is investigating the liability that brokerage firms may have for recommending the Badlands Energy or Gasco Energy to their clients.
Broker dealers are required to perform adequate due diligence on all investment recommendations they make. 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.
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 through FINRA arbitration.
To determine whether you may be able to recover investment losses incurred as a result of your purchase of Badlands Energy or another 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.