FSCS declares EU passported agency as failed

Abana Unipessoal Lda, previously Abana Lda (FRN 597069), used the EU passporting guidelines to function within the UK however went past its remit in arranging SIPP-connected pension transfers.

The FSCS stated the claims it has obtained to this point have been for actions that passed off through the passporting interval. The FSCS has had 15 claims in whole, 5 are for pensions recommendation and 1 is for miss-sold life insurance coverage. 9 have but to be absolutely clarified. 

The life insurance coverage declare is the one upheld to this point permitting the default to be declared. All the remainder are nonetheless in progress.

In accordance with the compensation physique, Abana previous to December 2020 passported into the UK on a ‘companies’ foundation with its passport restricted to insurance coverage intermediation within the UK.

Nevertheless the FSCS says it has now decided that Abana undertook regulated actions for purchasers outdoors of Abana’s insurance coverage intermediation permissions within the UK.

These regulated actions included arranging pension transfers, notably into the Avalon & Westerby SIPP, each UK-based SIPP suppliers.


FSCS is now opening the door to claims towards Abana Unipessoal Lda (Abana). The FSCS will pay compensation of as much as £85,000 per declare nonetheless the FSCS in a press release this week says solely that it ‘could’ pay claims topic to investigation as some could fall outdoors its guidelines.

The FSCS stated there was proof that Abana organized and / or suggested on a buyer’s pension switch within the UK via Abana’s brokers with some pension transfers into the Avalon SIPP.

The FSCS stated there was additionally proof to counsel that after late Could 2014 Abana was not responsible for the acts or omissions of its brokers in arranging or advising buyer pension transfers. The FSCS stated that Albana did organize a buyer pension switch after late Could 2014 however did so on a foundation which FSCS safety doesn’t lengthen to. This implies some claims could also be rejected.

The FSCS stated in its assertion: “Accordingly, whereas every declare will probably be thought-about on its deserves, some buyer claims towards Abana involving pension transfers after late Could 2014 could not meet the qualifying situations for FSCS to pay compensation. FSCS will write to these clients whose claims fall into this class.”

The Monetary Ombudsman Service has issued a lot of choices upholding clients’ complaints towards Abana. Clients’ claims submitted to FSCS towards Albana will probably be thought-about on a case by case foundation by FSCS and beneath its guidelines, which it identified are totally different to the FOS guidelines.

The FSCS is presently solely open to claims towards Abana from clients who transferred their pension into the Avalon SIPP and not the Westerby SIPP.

The FSCS stated: “It’s because FSCS understands that Westerby SIPP remains to be a reside entity. Any claims towards Abana involving a switch into the Westerby SIPP ought to be directed to Westerby SIPP, or the FOS as acceptable.”

In Could final 12 months the Monetary Companies Compensation Scheme stated it was probing two overseas-based adviser corporations which used used EU ‘passporting’ guidelines to advise UK purchasers on pension transfers, Irish agency Wellington Court docket FS Ltd and Portuguese agency Abana Unipessoal Lda. Each have been ‘passported’ into the UK beneath the EU Insurance coverage Distribution Directive, permitting them to transact enterprise within the UK.

• Editor’s Observe: Story up to date to incorporate extra particulars about claims.


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