Securities fraud attorneys are currently investigating claims on behalf of investors who suffered significant losses as a result of their investment in a private placement offered by Penneco Drilling Associates. Penneco Drilling Associates is, according to its Form D filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, an oil and gas development company.
Penneco Drilling Associates began offering the private placements as a means to raise capital. Certain broker-dealers registered with the Financial Industry Regulator Authority then sold the private placements. Reportedly, the following private placements have been offered and sold:
- Penneco Drilling Associates 2009-1
- Penneco Drilling Associates 2008-1
- Penneco Drilling Associates 2006-1
- Penneco Drilling Associates 2005-1
- Penneco Drilling Associates 2004-1
- Penneco Drilling Associates 2003-1
- Penneco Drilling Associates 2002-1
- Penneco Royalty Income LP III
According to investment fraud lawyers, private placements allow smaller companies to use the sale of debt securities or equities to raise capital without it becoming necessary for them to register these securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Because these investments are typically more complicated and carry more risk than other traditional investments, they are usually only suitable for sophisticated, high-net-worth investors.
Securities fraud attorneys say that because the creation and sale of private placements often carry high commissions, these investments continue to be pushed by brokerage firms despite the fact that they may be unsuitable for investors. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority rules have established that brokers and firms have an obligation to fully disclose all the risks of a given investment when making recommendations, and those recommendations must be suitable for the individual investor receiving the recommendation given their age, investment objectives and risk tolerance.
If you suffered significant losses as a result of your investment in Penneco Drilling Associates private placements, or another private placement, you may have a valid securities arbitration claim. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact an investment fraud lawyer at The Law Office of Christopher J. Gray at (866) 966-9598 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.