We (the Financial Conduct Authority – FCA) have published this statement today in order to warn investors against dealing with unauthorised firms.
This statement is to advise members of the public that an organisation identifying itself to UK citizens as:
Astorg Partners (Clone of FCA EEA Authorised Firm)
Tel: 020 7193 6749
Fax: 020 3318 8429
Email: [email protected]
is not authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) to carry on a regulated activity in the UK. Regulated activities include, amongst other things, advising on investments and dealing and arranging deals in investments ('investments' include stocks and shares). We believe that the organisation may be targeting UK customers.
This entity is using the name, London address and FCA Firm Registration Number of a FCA EEA Authorised firm. The following firms have no association whatsoever with the organisation described above that is identifying itself as Astorg Partners:
• Astorg Partners SAS
FCA Firm Registration Number: 589487
• Astorg Partners UK
UK Companies House Number: FC030946
UK Branch of Astorg Partners SAS
What does this mean for you?
If you are an investor, you should be aware that the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme are not available if you deal with an unauthorised company or individual.
How can you check whether a firm is authorised?
To find out whether a company or individual is authorised, go to the FS Register.