ASIC takes action against Linchpin Capital Group and Endeavour Securities

ASIC takes action against Linchpin Capital Group and Endeavour Securities
ASIC takes action against Linchpin Capital Group and Endeavour Securities

ASIC has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Linchpin Capital Group Ltd (Linchpin) and Endeavour Securities (Australia) Ltd (Endeavour).

Linchpin and Endeavour operate two managed investment schemes. Both schemes are called “Investport Income Opportunity Fund”.

Following an investigation, ASIC alleges that:

  • Linchpin is operating the scheme without holding an Australian Financial Services Licence as required by the Corporations Act;
  • Linchpin has used investor funds for its own purposes without disclosing this use to investors;
  • Endeavour has entered into related party transactions in contravention of the Corporations Act;
  • Endeavour has failed to properly disclose those related party transactions to investors; and
  • monies invested in the schemes managed by Linchpin and Endeavour have been misapplied or misappropriated by Linchpin and Endeavour.

ASIC is seeking orders to:

  • restrain Linchpin and Endeavour from operating the schemes and providing financial services;
  • prevent Linchpin and Endeavour from dealing with assets or investor funds;
  • appoint receivers over the assets of Linchpin and Endeavour to identify and secure scheme assets;
  • wind-up Linchpin and Endeavour and the schemes; and
  • obtain declarations that Linchpin and Endeavour have acted in contravention of the Corporations Act.

The matter will be heard in the Federal Court in Brisbane on 24 July 2018.

ASIC's investigation is continuing.

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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