Fund Manager CEO and CFO Fined and Banned for Misleading Investors and Market Abuse

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The Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) has published its decision in Michiel Visser and Oluwole Fagbulu v. FSA.

Michiel Visser and Oluwole Fagbulu were fined respectively £2 million (approximately $3.3 million) and £500,000 (approximately $830,000). The fine on Fagbulu was reduced to £100,000 (approximately $166,000) on the grounds of financial hardship. Visser was CEO and Fagbulu CFO of Mercurius Capital Management Ltd (Mercurius), a UK FSA authorized entity that managed Mercurius International Fund Ltd (the Fund), a Cayman Islands hedge fund. During the relevant period from July 2006 to January 2008, the Fund had about 20 investors who had collectively invested approximately EUR 35 million (approximately $50 million). The Fund was placed in voluntary liquidation on January 11, 2008.

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