FS Investment Corporation II – Investigating Potential Claims
Are you concerned about investment losses in FS Investment Corporation II (FSIC II)? 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.
FS Investment Corporation II (FSIC II) is a business development company (BDC) “designed to provide a high level of current income”, according to its website. FSIC II primarily invests in floating rate, senior secured loans of middle market private U.S. companies.
FSIC II is sponsored by FS Investments. The company often raises money through Regulation D private placement offerings like the company did for FS Investment Corporation II. 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%.
According to Central Trade & Transfer, a secondary market website, shares of FS Investment Corporation II have recently been listed to sell for just $7.75 per share. Unfortunately for many investors, it appears that the secondary market price may represent a loss on their initial capital investment.
The Trouble with Alternative Investment Products
The White Law Group continues to investigate the liability that brokerage firms may have for improperly selling high risk BDCs like FS Investment Corporation II.
The trouble with alternative investment products like FS Investment Corporation II, is that they involve a high degree of risk and are typically sold as unregistered securities which lack the same regulatory oversight as more traditional investment products like stocks or bonds.
Broker dealers that sell alternative investments are required to perform adequate due diligence on all investment recommendations to ensure that each investment recommendation that is made is suitable for the investor in light of the investor’s age, risk tolerance, net worth, financial needs, and investment experience.
Another problem with Reg D private placements is that they tend to have high sales commissions and due diligence fees that brokers can earn. This may offer an incentive to some financial advisors to push this type of investment to their clients, usually focusing on the income potential and tax benefits while downplaying the risks.
Fortunately, FINRA does provide for an arbitration forum for investors to resolve such disputes. If broker or brokerage firm makes an unsuitable investment recommendation or fails to adequately disclose the risks associated with an investment they may be found liable for investment losses in a FINRA arbitration claim.
To determine whether you may be able to recover investment losses incurred as a result of your purchase of FS Investment Corporation II or another FS 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. The firm represents investors throughout the country in claims against their brokerage firm.
For more information on the firm and its representation of investors, visit www.WhiteSecuritiesLaw.com.