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Britse hof oor Pretorius se geld genader

16 Mar

Author: Marelize Barnard

Publications:  Die Burger

Date Publiched: 16 Maart 2014

KAAPSTAD. – Likwidateurs wat wyle Herman Pretorius se R2,2 miljard-bedrogspul ondersoek, gaan in die Britse howe aansoek doen om toegang tot sy bankbesonderhede daar te kry.

Dié stap is nodig om uit te vind waarheen onder meer R177 miljoen verdwyn het wat Pretorius vermoedelik in die buiteland versteek het.

Dié bedrag geld is in ’n Switserse bankrekening gedeponeer, maar wat Pretorius daarmee gemaak het, bly ’n raaisel.

Die eerste stap vir die likwidateurs is om ’n hofbevel te verkry wat toegang sal verseker tot ’n bankrekening wat Pretorius by die Britse HSBC-bank gehad het.

Volgens die jongste verslag wat die likwidateurs van Pretorius se gesekwestreerde besigheidsentiteite aan beleggers uitgestuur het, het HSBC tot nou toe geweier om die inligting bekend te maak sonder ’n hofbevel.

Met die hofbevel kan die trustees vasstel hoeveel geld in Pretorius se verskeie oorsese bankrekenings is, maar selfs belangriker nog sal die ondersoek kan voortgaan na watter rekening Pretorius geld verskuif het.

Intussen is ’n regsverteenwoordiger ook in Switserland aangestel om inligting te bekom oor Pretorius se bankrekeninge by Anker-bank in Zürich.

Pretorius het ’n maatskappy genaamd MAT Worldwide Beperk op 4 Januarie 2001 in die Britse Maagde-eilande geregis­treer en dit tot September 2009 – aldus die likwidateurs wat sy sake ondersoek – waarskynlik as ’n “front” gebruik as dié oorsese besigheid waarin hy plaaslike beleggers se geld bestuur het.

Maar ten spyte daarvan dat miljoene ponde deur die jare in MAT Worldwide se rekeninge inbetaal is, is daar blykbaar slegs £450 000 (R7,9 miljoen) van die R177 miljoen in die een bankrekening oor. Dit is luidens die likwidateurs se verslag.

) In ’n prokureursbrief deur Duvenage en De Villiers, van Wellington, wat einde 2012 aan HSBC gestuur is, word genoem dat “lede van Pretorius se familie, werknemers of persone wat lojaal aan hom was”, die dag ná Pretorius se afsterwe twee briewetasse uit sy kantore verwyder het. HSBC Bank is daarop bedag gemaak dat die briewetasse moontlik toegangskodes tot Pretorius se buitelandse bankrekeninge gehad het en dat banktransaksies wat ná sy dood op 26 Julie 2012 gedoen is, waarskynlik onwettig is.

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Call for new measures to stop scams

13 Jan

Author: Bruce Cameron

Publications: iOL

Date Published: 13 January 2013

The Association for Savings & Investment SA (Asisa) wants all investment products sold in South Africa to be brought under either an expanded Collective Investment Schemes Control Act (Cisca) or the Long Term Insurance Act.

Adopting either approach is the only way that individuals and companies that have malevolent intentions can be forced out of the shadows, Asisa chief executive Leon Campher says.

Asisa’s recommendation follows ……….

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“I am deeply sorry” – Herman Pretorius broker

4 Sep

Author: Julius Cobbett

Publications: MoneyWeb

Date Published: 04 September 2012

Death threat and a summons for New Zealand-based, FSB-registered financial adviser.

JOHANNESBURG – In May last year, financial adviser Simon Morton got a new client. She was 61 years old. The client, Betty*, asked Morton to set up an investment portfolio for her retirement.

Morton’s advice was for Betty’s husband to withdraw funds of R1 150 000 from Stanlib. Morton recommended that half this money be placed in an unorthodox “hedge fund”. The other half was to be split between an unlisted company called SA Superalloys, a junior platinum company called Wesizwe, and a “new fund” called Abante Holdings.

Needless to say, this was bad advice. All of the above ………

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WEG: AL MY SEUN. SE STUDIEGELD

23 Aug

Miljoene is ingesluk deur SA se jongste piramideskema, soos die geld wat ‘n weduwee vir haar kind se toekoms

OUR LIFE SAVINGS ALL GONE

23 Aug

PwC helped Herman Pretorius sell his R1.8bn fund

20 Aug

Author:  Julius Cobbett

Publications: MoneyWeb

Date Published: 20 August 2012

Audit firm admits to “facilitating” meetings but denies recommending Pretorius’s scheme.

JOHANNESBURG – Audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers “facilitated” investment meetings held by the late Herman Pretorius. Before his death Pretorius had been operating an unorthodox investment scheme called the Abante Relative Value Arbitrage Fund (RVAF). This fund, which took the form of a trust, was provisionally sequestrated by the Western Cape High Court on August 1. The fund is believed to owe R1.8bn to 3 000 investors.

A number of readers have contacted me claiming that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was involved ……..

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A Private Equity CEO Was Shot Dead In His Office

27 Jul

Julia La Roche

Author:  Julia La Roche

Publications: Clusterstock

Date Published: 27  July  2012

The CEO of private equity firm was allegedly shot dead by a former business partner who then killed himself, MoneyWeb’s Julius Cobbett reports.

The CEO was Julian Williams, 37, the chief executive and co-founder of Basileus Capital.

He was allegedly shot by  Herman Pretorius, a former business partner at hedge fund Abante Statistical Arbitrage.

MoneyWeb points out that the pair had a big dispute earlier this month over the payment of dividends for a company called SA Superalloys.

Here’s Williams’ bio from Basileus:

Julian Williams graduated with a Masters in Commerce from the University of Cape Town. He successfully completed his board examination and following the completion of his training contract with PriceWaterhouseCoopers Inc, he obtained his CA (SA) professional membership from the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

In Business:

In 2001 he was responsible for launching Penryth (Proprietary) Limited, a specialist securities lending business in South Africa. This led him to move across and establish an investment Group of companies which comprised: a Financial Services Board registered investment manager; and a private equity company and related companies.

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Former hedge fund boss’s returns questioned

14 Jun

Author:  Julius Cobbett

Publications: MoneyWeb

Date Published: 14 June 2012

Update: *responses from Momentum and the JSE MAP.

JOHANNESBURG – On the face of it, former hedge fund boss Herman Pretorius and his company, Abante, have delivered excellent returns for his investors – in the region of 20% a year for the past five years. This would rank him among the top money managers in the country.

Pretorius has an unknown number of relatively wealthy private investors. Those known to Moneyweb are typically from small farming towns such as Moorreesburg, Porterville, Hopefield, Malmesbury, Durbanville, Riversdale and Sasolburg.

But two financial advisers – whose clients have money invested with Pretorius – have asked whether his returns can be verified.

One financial adviser wrote to Moneyweb: “There are a number of red flags that go up for me with regards to Abante but nobody (as far as I know) has really scratched around.”

One of the biggest concerns for this adviser was the consistency of the investment performance. “Their performance is just too consistent. I am not aware of a single negative quarter for this fund. They seem to average anything from 20-30% per annum every year. Even through the global financial crisis.”

The investment, called Relative Value Arbitrage Fund (RVAF), also does not have the type of safeguards that apply to most hedge funds.

Pretorius is not licensed with the FSB and claims he is not required to do so. What’s more, the statements issued to investors are basic in the extreme. An example  …..

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Abante 20% growth

14 Jun

Authorcristacesae

Publications: Portfolio Pitfalls

Date Published: 14 April 2012

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Previous hedge fund employer Herman Pretorius and the organization, Abante, have concluded excellent results with regard to their traders — in the region of 20% since 2007. This could position him or her among the top cash managers in the United States as of 2013.

Pretorius has an unknown number of relatively rich private investors. Those known to SSL Trading are typically from smaller sized towns without special expertise in financial.

But 2 financial advisors – whose clients have cash spent with Pretorius – possess asked regardless of whether their returns …..

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