FCA concludes action to protect consumers from unauthorised clone

The FCA commenced civil proceedings in September 2014 because it was concerned that individuals purporting to be Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG had carried on regulated activities in breach of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 by acting without authorisation.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) secured interim injunctions and freezing orders from the High Court following an alert previously issued.

The orders effectively prevented those operating the clone from promoting and selling shares pending further investigation by the FCA and froze some money which the FCA believed came from consumers who were led to believe they were investing in shares.

In December 2015, the High Court a made an order entitling the FCA to distribute the money it had frozen to those investors whose money was transferred to the frozen account.

Based on the information currently available to the FCA, it is unlikely that further monies will be recovered by the FCA for distribution to investors. The ‘cloned firm’ had no association with the genuine firm which is authorised by the FCA to offer, promote or sell services or products in the UK. The genuine firm’s details are:

Name: Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG
FRN: 222782
Address: 60 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8HP
Tel: 020 3207 7800
Website: www.berenberg.com

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