Gerova Financial Group Ltd., a Bermuda-based financial-services company, sought U.S. bankruptcy court protection listing debt of as much as $500 million, Bloomberg reported. The Hamilton-based firm, formerly known as Asia Special Situations Acquisition Corp., filed a Chapter 15 petition in Manhattan today to protect its U.S. assets from creditors. Assets were valued at more than $50 million, Gerova said. Gerova began liquidation proceedings July 20 in Bermuda. Chapter 15 shields foreign companies from U.S. lawsuits and creditor claims while a company continues the process abroad. The company said in January 2011 it acquired about $1.2 billion in insurance policies and loans and arranged financing for further purchases in the life-settlements market. Read more.