Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015
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Those expatriates who were stung by financial adviser Alan Hall, formerly a big noise in the Chiang Mai Expats Club in Northern Thailand, will be interested to hear that he has moved again.

Instead of coming back to Thailand after recovering from an ailment he has now started yet another new money business in the UK.

It is The Mortgage Shop in Colne, Lancashire, and is not registered with the Financial Conduct Authority.

This maybe because he has decided not to offer pension and insurance services.

He's not far away from the Lomeshaye Business Park in Nelson from where he did try to sell expat packages




Expats, who lost their pensions in the LM Management Performance Fun which he touted, may be pleased to know and may now be furiously writing to the FCA anyway.





Meanwhile Global Investments run by Neil Robbirt in Bangkok, but boasting offices in all sorts of places has also joined Hall’s former PFM International on the Thai Securities and Investment Commission’s investor alert list.

Actually, although we recorded they have an office in Chiang Mai, PFM International Co Ltd [0505551003341] with Mr. Alan Hall as sole director went off active status some time in 2014 and now shows as defunct (ceased operating and closed its books.

Not only that it has also been put on the alert list of the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile the De Vere Group has been put at the top of Japan’s Financial Services Agency alert list. It seems the authority there takes a dim view of its cold calling.

De Vere of course boasts that it is the world biggest financial advice company. It’s certainly the biggest something.

Its general conduct overseas has been brought into question and of course it already is on the Thai and Hong Kong alert lists and is being investigated in South Africa.  It’s little more than a legal boiler room it seems.

The products are legal but all carry hefty commissions at the expense of the client and of course big penalties if the clients change their minds.

It has also been hauled across the coals for misleading investors about the advantages of QROPS.

One has to wonder whether if these people were not financial service companies whether they could get away with their conduct in the real world without ending up behind bars.

When financial executives are found guilty they seem to just get fined – though there have been successful criminal prosecutions of, say boiler rooms, in the UK and US.

Thanks to Lindell Lucy and Benjamin Robertson in Hong Kong and ‘Mike’ and ‘Pussycat’ for keeping me up to date.

It’s good to see we have been on the right track.

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  2. "It’s good to see we have been on the right track."
    Good indeed. You were put on the right track a long time ago about Neil Robbirt. You're welcome.

    Incidentally, although I don't support any of the illegal IFAs, you should have made it clearer that mortgage brokers like Hall are not required to register with FCA. He will undoubtedly still be making (slightly less) money from mortgage related insurance products by putting them through a registered adviser on his behalf.

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  3. In 2013 after living in Thailand for 12 years we decided to sell a property there and move to Europe (Sicily, Italy). We contacted Kun Jaroonroat Krasaesuk (better known as Tom -The lawyer when he worked for Alan Hall the crooked chairman of the Chiang Mai Ex Pats Club)) and he sold the property. When the money arrived in his account (XS and JK solutions Co Ltd.) he asked if we will lend him 1,000,000 baht so that he could renovate a hotel in Chiang Mai.
    We agreed and we all signed a Loan Agreement. It is now over 3 years later and we haven’t received one Baht. Despite about 50 emails with cajoling and threats he hasn’t made one monthly repayment.
    His partner Xavior Segura has sent several very unprofessional emails where he swears at us and threatens to take us to court for slander!
    The situation now is that we are considering hiring a lawyer to recover the money.
    In the meantime I would like to advise all ex-pats in Chiang Mai to avoid XS and JK solutions. The hotel we helped finance the renovation of is the Wua Lai Boutique Guest house.

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