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An Auckland-based foreign exchange broker has collapsed, leaving dozens of customers owed more than $1 million facing “significant” losses, NZ Herald reported.
Forex Brokers was established in 1995 and had an office in the Dingwall Building on Auckland’s Queen Street.
Companies Office filings show shareholders of the company yesterday appointed PKF Corporate Recovery & Insolvency as liquidators.
Liquidator Christopher McCullagh said while he had only recently been appointed and was still preparing his first report, he had been contacted by more than a dozen creditors and the amount owed was “certainly in excess of a million”.
He said the company appeared to have insufficient assets to meet claims:
It would be fair to say there’ll be a significant shortfall to creditors.
McCullagh said creditors of the company ranged from commercial operators to people sending personal savings abroad, and many had a long association with Forex Brokers.
One said she’d used the firm for 17 years: This seems to be a genuine failure, but we need to do some investigation to determine what happened to the funds,” he added.
A spokesman for the FMA they had received three recent complaints about Forex Brokers, but the company offered services – spot foreign exchange transactions – that did not fall under its regulatory umbrella.
The company’s website, until being taken offline last week, said the company was founded in August 1995 “with the goal of providing a higher standard of service delivery”.
Forex Brokers’ founding and sole director Russell Maher had said on his website:
I have over 20 years experience in the foreign currency industry and will combine this experience with an extremely high level of business integrity and customer service … I would like the opportunity to partner with you to professionally manage your forex needs. Feel free to contact me to discuss your particular requirements.