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Cape City – The financial institution accounts of the web foreign exchange dealer JP Markets stay in limbo and now the liquidators appointed by the courtroom to wind up the enterprise additionally don’t have entry to the corporate funds.
JP Markets was based by businessman Justin Paulsen and licensed by the Monetary Service Conduct Authority (FSCA) to supply advisory providers on-line for by-product devices and deposits for on-line foreign exchange merchants. The corporate’s Monetary Service Supplier (FSP) licence was provisionally suspended on 19 June 2020 and the corporate was liquidated on September 7, 2020 by order of the South Gauteng Excessive Courtroom.
One of many first issues the FSCA did in July was to use for the corporate’s financial institution accounts to be frozen and the courtroom ordered that pending the result of authorized proceedings it was the right factor to do. Based on courtroom paperwork the FSCA has filed within the South Gauteng Excessive Courtroom, JP Markets had a number of financial institution accounts that whole almost R280 million.
Paulsen’s authorized workforce have now argued that their attraction of the liquidation order is but to be granted or heard and that the liquidators mustn’t have entry to any of the businesses cash or financial institution accounts.
Paulsen’s lawyer, Darren Hanekom has contacted all of the banks the place JP Markets had enterprise accounts and argued that the liquidators shouldn’t be allowed entry to funds. In a single letter despatched to FNB, Hanekom writes: “By denying our shopper entry to its financial institution accounts you’re perpetuating the illegal conduct and inflicting our shopper to undergo harm.
“There exists no authorized foundation on which you’ll deny our shopper entry to its financial institution accounts held along with your respective establishments.”
He concludes: “We subsequently request, as a matter of urgency, that you simply instantly grant our shopper the mandatory entry. We additionally request that you simply stop all communication with and entry granted to the mentioned financial institution accounts to the purported liquidators instantly.”
The liquidators declare that they haven’t as a matter of urgency, tried to entry the JP Markets financial institution accounts. Corne Van Den Heever, Tegogo Malatjie and Edwin Buys-Du Plessis had been appointed by the South Gauteng as joint liquidators of JP Markets. In response to a media question the joint liquidators mentioned: “That order was granted by the FSCA on 21 July and that order says please freeze the financial institution accounts till these proceedings are finalised. If he (Paulsen) appeals it and it opens the case once more then the banks ought to persist with that…nobody is forcing the banks to pay the cash into an Property Account however they’ve agreed to honour the request to freeze the accounts.”
One of many liquidators who didn’t need to be named mentioned that it has not been confirmed whether or not JP Markets was solvent or bancrupt however that going ahead issues don’t look good: “If they’ve traded illegally from June 2019 and I open the declare course of and all these merchants that assume that they’ve been buying and selling legally have gotten damages claims towards JP Markets, you’ll by no means be solvent.”
This delays the claims course of even additional for anybody who was a JP Markets shopper and needs to be reimbursed or lodge a damages declare on account of improper buying and selling.
Paulsen’s software for depart to attraction the ultimate liquidation of JP Markets might be heard within the South Gauteng Courtroom on Thursday (October 22).