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FCA shuts down troubled brokerage Beaufort Securities

The move was “to protect assets from dissipation and protect the customers of both firms," the regulator said in a statement.
The ombudsman had received 13 complaints on Beaufort

A raft of AIM-listed firms were scrabbling for a new broker after Beaufort Securities was shut down today by the UK financial regulator.

As many as fifteen firms used Beaufort Securities as their sole broker and now have to find a replacement or face de-listing from the junior market.

Kibo Mining PLC (LON:KIBO) was also in the unenviable position of being in the middle of a £750,000 fund raise being carried out through Beaufort.

The power station developer in Tanzania said it not received any of the expected proceeds.

Strangely, this is the second time a broker working with Kibo has gone bust in the middle of a fund raise.

In 2015, Hume Capital went into administration when it was sitting out £526,000 of placing proceed that were earmarked for the company.

Kibo eventually got all of its money after a ten month delay.

Early on Friday, The FCA placed both Beaufort Securities and Beaufort Asset Clearing Services into insolvency after an assessment of their financial situation.

The move was “to protect assets from dissipation and protect the customers of both firms," the regulator said in a statement.



Beaufort’s businesses have been ordered to cease all regulatory activity and not to dispose of any firm or client assets without the consent from the FCA.

Affected customers will be notified by administrator PWC in due course, said the regulator.

Beaufort Securities was already banned from holding or receiving client monies after a string of complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service over the past two years.

PCG Entertainment (LON:PGE) and Wishbone Gold PLC (LON:WSBN), two of Beaufort’s AIM-listed clients, both said they had already started to look for a new broker. Other firms included Tiger Resources, Xtract Resources Galileo, ValirX and MySquar.

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