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Enforcement Actions - Ireland

The Central Bank issued warning notices against five unauthorised investment firms during the fourth quarter of 2013. These warnings can be very damaging to the reputation of a firm and they have a knockon impact when applying for regulatory licences in other jurisdictions or when applying to be an approved person.

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There were nine enforcement sanctions issued against Irish regulated entities during the fourth quarter of 2013. There were a number of sanctions issued against insurance intermediaries for failing to have requisite professional indemnity in place.

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The Central Bank's investigation of Custom House Capital was deferred to the Examiner's Court for further consideration on 27 January 2014.

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The High Court recently held that Custom House Capital made fraudulent representations to an individual applicant and therefore she was entitled to a declaration that Custom House Capital held the monies lent by her under a 2010 subordinated loan agreement on constructive trust for her and that this trust continued to subsist at the date of commencement of its winding up (Custom House Capital Limited & Companies Acts: Scott v Wallace [2013] IEHC 559).

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