The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) today announced that it has continued the suspension of the Cyprus Investment Firm Best Choice FBC Ltd, which holds the license number 234/14.
As reported by Finance Magnates in August, Best Choice FBC, a broker founded in 2014, was initially flagged for non-compliance and had its license temporarily suspended by CySEC following several allegations of multiple violations.
Today the regulator announced that the company authorization continues to be suspended due to suspicions of possible non-compliance and an alleged violation of section 28(1) of the law due to the company’s possible non-compliance with section 12 (persons who effectively direct the business of a CIF), section 13 (CIF shareholders) and section 18(2)(j) of the law relating to the protection of clients’ funds.
A visit to the Best Choice FBC website now shows the following message. However, this has yet to be updated to reflect the continuation of the suspension.
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CySEC reached its decision as the aforementioned alleged violations may possibly endanger the company’s clients’ interests or the investor interests or generally the regular operation of the capital market.
Best Choice FBC is obliged to take action in order to comply with the necessary provisions within one month. But while the license suspension is in force, the company is not permitted to enter into a business relationship with any person, accept any new customer or provide any services.
More specifically, pursuant to section 26(5) of the law, the company cannot receive, transmit and execute any orders from clients for buying financial instruments, cannot provide any investment services in Cyprus or outside Cyprus, and is not allowed to advertise itself as an investment services provider.
In addition, Best Choice must, if existing clients so wish, close any open positions in relation to clients’ contracts (on time or earlier if the client wishes so). It will be also required to return to existing clients all of their funds and profits earned, if and when the clients so wish.