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We'll not exclude any group of customers from gov't bailout package - SEC assures clients of defunct Fund Management Companies

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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The Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC has assured clients of defunct Fund Management Companies that no group of customers will be excluded from the government's bailout package.

SEC in a statement said “We wish to assure all affected clients that the Government bailout package is all-inclusive, provided claims have been validated and liquidation orders secured. The SEC reiterates the fact that there is no plan to exclude any group of customers and as indicated in our last press release, the roll-out of the Government bailout will be done in phases."

“The first phase will cover clients of the twenty-two (22) companies currently under official liquidation per Court orders, based on their validated claims. The Official Liquidator will communicate details of the payment process to affected clients starting in September. The second phase would cover clients of the remaining companies after the liquidation orders are secured”.

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“The point being made therefore is that receiving Government’s bailout is predicated on completion of validation and securing of liquidation orders. It is, therefore, a question of timing and nothing else,” SEC explained.

This was after its earlier statement suggested that customers of Blackshield Capital Management Limited and three other fund management firms would not benefit from the package because such companies were challenging the revocation of their licences in court.

This led to agitation among clients of the affected companies.

Some of them picketed at the premises of the Ministry of Finance on September 1, 2020.

But responding to concerns raised by Blackshield Capital Management Limited, SEC said “Blackshield alleges that the SEC issued a public notice in 2017 directing that their Structured Finance (SF) product should be discontinued within six (6) months from the date of the directive. They further alleged that this singular directive by SEC set into motion unprecedented demands for redemption by customers of Blackshield and other fund managers leading to a backlog in payment. This is inaccurate. The SEC did not issue a public notice in 2017 directing that the SF product be discontinued.”

“Secondly, Blackshield alleges that the SEC refused to grant approval to an alternate product. This
is another untruth.”