FCA action in respect of Park First Limited

Park First Limited and related entities (Park First) have been promoting and operating airport car parking investment schemes and we have been in discussions with them regarding the schemes.

Our view

We took the view that these were collective investment schemes, which can be a high-risk investment. Only authorised firms and individuals can operate or promote them.

Park First is not authorised by us and is not permitted to provide regulated financial services.

Park First has agreed to stop operating and promoting the original schemes. They are now offering investors in the Gatwick and Glasgow car parks the choice of:

  • getting their initial investment back 
  • moving into a new Lifetime Leaseback scheme

The Lifetime Leaseback scheme, which relates to the same car parks as the original scheme is not a collective investment scheme and is not regulated by us. 

Given the circumstances of this case, we will not take further action at this time, but reserve the right to do so if it appears action is appropriate.

Read Park First’s latest update to investors on the progress that it has been making in implementing the restructuring of its investments.

What it means for investors

Investing in an unregulated investment provided by an unauthorised firm means you are not protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) or The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).

We do not endorse the Lifetime Leaseback or any other Park First investment. We express no view about the merits or level of risk of such investments. We have not verified the factual accuracy of the promotional material for the Lifetime Leaseback scheme.

Existing investors in Park First who are asked to make a decision about their Park First investment should seek such independent financial and/or legal advice to assist them in making their decision as they consider necessary.

In case of queries, please contact us.