MFSA puts ‘Falcon’ pension fund under control of private auditing firm
The Malta Financial Services Authority yesterday said a private auditing firm had taken over the business of a Maltese pension fund that owes millions to Swedish pensioners.
Falcon Funds SICAV, which is being investigated by the Swedish authorities, is now being administered by KPMG.
Former finance minister Tonio Fenech is a director in the fund.
The MFSA, which has been investigating the conduct of the Scheme since December 2015, said: “Following careful consideration of the facts available to the Authority, on 9 and 22 September, 2016, the MFSA issued two directives to the Scheme under the powers granted to the Authority in Article 15 of the Investment Services Act.
“In order to ensure the proper protection of the unit-holders and other creditors of the Scheme, the MFSA appointed KPMG Malta as a competent person in terms of Article 15A of the Investment Services Act with effect from 11 January, 2017, to inter alia: [a] to take charge of the assets of the Scheme for the purpose of safeguarding the interests of the investors in the Sub-Funds of the Scheme, [b] assume control of the business of the Scheme, [c] periodically report to the MFSA and other relevant persons on the activities undertaken, and [d] carry out such other functions as the MFSA may direct.
“This measure is being taken with specific reference to the Scheme following an ongoing investigation on the Scheme and the termination of the Investment Management Agreement between the Scheme and Temple Asset Management Ltd, the former Investment Manager of the Scheme. These measures will remain in place until such time as the MFSA directs otherwise.”