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Our attorneys continue to see claims against Raymond James for unsuitable recommendations of oil and gas investments, including but not limited to Linn Energy, LinnCo, and Memorial Production Partners.

Raymond James & Associates (CRD# 705) was an underwriter and book-running manager of numerous oil and gas investments when the price of oil was booming.  A list of companies Raymond James served as underwriter and/or market maker includes but is not limited to Linn Energy, LinnCo, Breitburn Energy, Memorial Production Partners, and Martin Midstream Partners.

Linn Energy and its related, publicly-traded entity LinnCo, both of which recently emerged from bankruptcy as private companies, were particularly touted by Raymond James, and our attorneys continue to see customers who were invested heavily in Linn Energy and LinnCo.

Our attorneys are investigating the suitability of recommendations made by Morgan Stanley (CRD# 149777) and its financial advisors to invest in Seadrill Ltd. and other oil and gas investments and master limited partnerships (“MLPs”).

Morgan Stanley has touted Seadrill at multiple points during the oil and gas investment’s life.  Morgan Stanley served as a book-running manager and underwriter of Seadrill’s initial public offering (“IPO”).  Morgan Stanley has served in similar capacities in at least one other Seadrill public offering.

Morgan Stanley has also featured Seadrill as a presenter at one of its energy conferences in 2014Seadrill hired Morgan Stanley as an advisor on debt talks for the company in 2016.  As recently as February 2017, Morgan Stanley upgraded its outlook on Seadrill.  Now, it appears only two (2) analysts cover Seadrill due to its most recent drop in value.  It’s not clear if one of those two is Morgan Stanley.

In April 2016, Peabody Energy Corp. (“Peabody”), a one-time Wall Street darling based in St. Louis, Missouri filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.  Almost a year to the day, Peabody emerged from bankruptcy on Monday, April 3, 2017.  A day later, another one-time Wall Street darling, Seadrill (ticker “SDRL”), a deepwater drilling contractor that provides drilling services to the oil and gas industry, declined 54% following its warning to investors that the Bermuda-based company is likely to seek bankruptcy protection (or the equivalent) in the United States or United Kingdom (company headquarters).

Seadrill is just another corporate casualty among the hundreds of oil, gas, coal and energy companies that filed and sought bankruptcy production since early 2015.  The Securities Arbitration and Investment Litigation Lawyers at the Silver Law Group, The Law Office of David Chase, P.A. and Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell (www.oilgasfinraarbitration.com) are currently investigating cases relating to investments in Peabody and Seadrill, as well as many other similarly-fated oil, gas, coal and energy producing companies, such as Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal and Linn Energy – which have all filed for bankruptcy.

Like many other energy companies, Seadrill is likely to follow a familiar “play book”:  seek Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection, negotiate golden parachutes for its executive team, renegotiate debt and credit, emerge from bankruptcy, and leave numerous investors with little or nothing to show for their principal invested.

Our attorneys are investigating former Morgan Stanley (CRD# 149777) broker Andrew Yocum (“Yocum”) for numerous investor claims of unsuitable and overconcentrated investments in oil- and gas- related investments.

Yocum (CRD# 4590723) has had a total of 35 disclosures on his FINRA BrokerCheck report, all of them reported within the last year and all but one pertaining to unsuitable and overconcentrated investments in oil- and gas-related securities.  The outlier is an employment termination by Morgan Stanley due to allegations of unauthorized trading.

Yocum operated out of the Morgan Stanley offices in The Villages, Florida, a planned, age-restricted community primarily populated by retired individuals.

Our attorneys are investigating Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Morgan Stanley (CRD# 149777) broker Joseph P. McGinley (CRD# 327656) after a FINRA arbitration claim alleging multiple securities violations involving LinnCo. Energy and Sandridge Energy settled.

According to McGinley’s FINRA BrokerCheck report, the claim settled in September 2015 and involved McGinley’s investment activities from April 2012 to May 2015.

Morgan Stanley has employed McGinley since April 2011 at its Philadelphia, Pennsylvania branch.

Linn Energy exited its chapter 11 bankruptcy leaving many shareholders with nothing but a worthless piece of paper.

Linn Energy is an oil and gas master limited partnership (“MLP”) founded in 2003.  The company went public just three (3) years later in 2006, raising approximately $261 million.

Linn Energy was once the darling of the oil and gas industry, reaching peaks of $40 per share in late 2012.  The company went on an acquisition spree, including Berry Petroleum for $4.3 billion at the height of the oil boom in 2013.  Unfortunately, the oil boom didn’t last, and the debt Linn Energy took on was too large to support when the price of oil began to plunge in June 2014.

A FINRA arbitration panel ordered Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. (CRD# 6694), Inc. to pay back its customer for investments losses in Linn Energy LLC in March 2017.

The claimant in the FINRA arbitration alleged the investment in Linn Energy was unsuitable and, among other claims, Raymond James failed to supervise its broker, John S. MacGowan (CRD# 315901).

MacGowan is based out of Raymond James’ New York, New York branch and has been employed by Raymond James since 1999.

Our attorneys are investigating claims against Las Cruces, New Mexico-based Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (CRD# 19616) broker Jeffrey (Jeff) R. Wilson (CRD# 1161819) over allegations that Wilson unsuitably recommended Wells Fargo customers to invest in oil, gas and energy investments.

Las Cruces, New Mexico Broker Jeff Wilson

According to Wilson’s FINRA BrokerCheck report, Jeff Wilson has three (3) disclosures, all of which feature aggrieved investors recovering some of their investment losses.

A retired investor recovered over $20,000 in February 2017 in a FINRA arbitration involving the sale of Breitburn Energy Partners LP (“Breitburn”).

According to the FINRA award, the retiree alleged unsuitability, failure to supervise and breach of fiduciary duty among other claims.  The award was against Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (CRD# 7691).

Breitburn is a publicly-traded, independent oil and gas master limited partnership (“MLP”).  Breitburn filed chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2016 due to low oil prices.  Breitburn is one of many oil and gas companies that have declared bankruptcy in the last two years.

Peabody Energy (OTCPK: BTUUQ) announced on January 26, 2016 that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri approved the company’s reorganization plan, disclosure statement, private placement agreement and backstop agreement.

The bankruptcy court’s approval will allow Peabody to begin soliciting votes from its creditors on the proposed plan of reorganization ahead of March deadline and hearing to confirm the plan.

The bankruptcy court’s approval is another step closer to the final blow for shareholders, who, according to some analysts, probably will end up with cancelled shares and no equity in the reorganized Peabody Energy.  Shareholders have been fighting to get a piece of the reorganized company, even attempting to create an official committee to assist in crafting the reorganization plan.  The bankruptcy court judge denied that request earlier this month.

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