The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor related losses and potential legal remedies due to recommendations to investor in oil and gas and commodities related investments. One particularly hard hit area of the commodities bust have been oil private placements sold by many brokerage firms. Once private placement that has come under scrutiny by the SEC are the Coachman Energy and Bakken Drilling private placements.
The SEC settled an action where the agency alleged that Coachman Energy Partners LLC failed to adequately disclose its methodology for calculating the management fees and expenses it charged to the funds from 2011 through 2014. The SEC found that the investment adviser for four private placement oil and gas funds miscalculated by approximately $1.1 million in management fees and $449,000 in management-related expenses. In addition, the SEC found that Randall Kenworthy, the firm’s CEO, caused Coachman’s inadequate disclosures in documents and in Coachman’s ADV Forms. Further, there were undisclosed conflicts of interests as one of the funds entered into a transaction with an affiliated entity without proper disclosure or obtaining investor consent.
Bakken Income Fund has raised $20.6 million from 309 investors. As part of the settlement, Coachman agreed to disgorge over $2 million. Coachman and Kenworthy are believed to be involved with the following private placement investments: