George Popescu of Lending Times in Trouble With UK Regulators Over Questionable Business PracticesAugust 21, 2017 | By: Sean Murray
George Popescu, owner of Lending Times, and the winner of the 2017 LendIt Awards for best journalist coverage, has been banned from acting as a company director in the UK for 12 years, according to the government’s Insolvency Service. The ban stems from his tenure as CEO of a company called Boston Prime.
George Alex Popescu (“Mr Popescu”) breached his fiduciary duties to act in the best interest of Boston Prime Limited (“Boston Prime”) and/or failed to ensure that both Boston Prime, as the regulated firm, and him individually, as the approved person, complied with the Financial Conduct Authority (“the FCA”) rules and guidance.
$6.2 million was transferred out of the company to a company connected to him that he cannot explain, according to the report detailing the several reasons for his disqualification.
Meanwhile in the US, Popescu is currently raising millions of dollars from global investors through his latest company, Lampix, by asking them to purchase Ethereum (ETH) with dollars and then to exchange Ethereum for Pix tokens. Lampix reports having raised 52921.88 ETH to-date, currently valued at more than $17 million.
A month ago, the SEC issued a warning about these kinds of offerings.
“Recently promoters have been selling virtual coins or tokens in ICOs. Purchasers may use fiat currency (e.g., U.S. dollars) or virtual currencies to buy these virtual coins or tokens. Promoters may tell purchasers that the capital raised from the sales will be used to fund development of a digital platform, software, or other projects and that the virtual tokens or coins may be used to access the platform, use the software, or otherwise participate in the project. Some promoters and initial sellers may lead buyers of the virtual coins or tokens to expect a return on their investment or to participate in a share of the returns provided by the project. After they are issued, the virtual coins or tokens may be resold to others in a secondary market on virtual currency exchanges or other platforms.
Depending on the facts and circumstances of each individual [Initial Coin Offering] ICO, the virtual coins or tokens that are offered or sold may be securities. If they are securities, the offer and sale of these virtual coins or tokens in an ICO are subject to the federal securities laws.”
Lampix is not licensed to sell securities and they claim their tokens are not securities.Last modified: August 24, 2017
Sean Murray is the founder of deBanked, an 11-year veteran of the merchant cash advance industry, a casual Lending Club and Prosper note investor, the co-founder of Daily Funder, an alternative lending speaker, consultant, writer, and enthusiast. Connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on twitter.