InvestUS was an investment fund sold to clients across the UK. In many cases, advisors did not accurately explain this fund’s risks, prompting concern that they were not meeting the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules. In theory, the fund was meant to purchase foreclosed properties across the US, starting first in Detroit, Florida, and Chicago. They would then renovate the properties and sell them for a profit. However, this is not what happened, and investors lost their pension savings. Did this happen to you?
InvestUS was run by the UK’s Steven Right, who also founded Cherish Wealth Management, a company that mis-sold Sipp pension plans. The fund ran from July 2013 through to the end of June 2015, and was registered in Seychelles. At least £77 million was invested in the scheme, via cash or Sipp. The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) awarded more than £7m in mis-sold Sipp compensation for Cherish’s clients.
Hundreds of British advisors mis-sold SIPP pension funds to their clients without properly explaining the risks. Did your advisor suggest a fund like InvestUS to you without accurately detailing that it was a high-risk investment? If so, you could qualify for mis-sold SIPP compensation.
While the InvestUS Exit Strategy was initially deemed a ‘creative solution’ to help remedy the US class divide, it ultimately ended in ruin for thousands of investors worldwide. The fund’s promotional materials suggested a net return of 15% per year over three years. They also promised that the returns would be reinvested in the scheme.
The first payment went out to investors with no issues. However, the remaining payments were delayed for more than two years, or never materialized. Auditors ruled this to be a conflict of interest. Concerningly, they stated, the “information available to date had been inhibited by the lack of detailed accounting… we are unable to provide evidence of the borrowing companies’ finances.”
Many complaints and claims have been made to the Financial Ombudsman and the FCA, as many Independent Financial Advisors sold this fund while also investing in it themselves
If an InvestUs advisor convinced you to put your pension money into their investments, only for that investment to fail, you might qualify for mis-sold SIPP compensation.
Our claims experts can advise on whether you could qualify for mis-sold SIPP compensation. Apply online today for an information pack to learn more.
If a financial advisor advised you to invest in an unregulated investment such as InvestUs , it is still possible to claim compensation. Where the advisor is still operating, a claim can be pursued against the financial advisor via the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).
If an advisor is no longer operating, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) pays compensation for valid mis-selling claims against any financial advisor who has been declared in default by them.
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As of the 1st March 2022 we have implemented a new fee structure which we have explained below. If you signed your contract with us prior to the 1st March 2022, please refer to your signed claims pack for our previous fee terms.
Our fees are owed upon a successful claim and will depend on the Gross Compensation you receive. “Gross Compensation” means the amount awarded to you whether this is paid directly to you or paid into an investment or pension, and prior to any deduction of any income tax due to HMRC on your award. Please refer to the definition of “Gross Compensation” and Section 5 of our Terms of Engagement for further information including a table showing how our fees work in different scenarios.
If successful, your fee will be calculated based on which band your redress falls into and will be charged by whichever is the lowest of:
The below table outlines the redress bands, the maximum percentage rate of charge and the maximum total charge is for each band.
|Band||Redress||% Charge (with VAT)||Maximum charge (with VAT) (£)||Maximum charge (without VAT) |(£)|
|1||1 – 1499||36%||504||420|
|2||1,500 – 9,999||33.6%||3000||2500|
|3||10,000 – 24,999||30%||6000||5000|
|4||25,000 – 49,999||24%||9000||7500|
Examples of how this would work in practice:
|Band||Lower example||Higher example|
|1||You receive £100 in redress; our fee would be £36.||You receive £1499 in redress; our fee would be £504.|
|2||You receive £1,600 in redress; our fee would be £537.60.||You receive £9,999 in redress; our fee would be £3,000.|
|3||You receive £12,000 in redress; our fee would be £3,600.||You receive £24,999 in redress; our fee would be £6,000.|
|4||You receive £30,350 in redress; our fee would be £7,284.||You receive £49,999 in redress; our fee would be £9,000.|
|5||You receive £55,000 in redress; our fee would be £9,900.||You receive £100,000 in redress; our fee would be £12,000.|
Please note, the above fee examples are for illustration purposes only. They are not an estimate of the likely outcome or fee you will need to pay. Each claim depends on its own merits.
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