At 5.45 PM yesterday Denzil Jenkins of the AIM Regulation team called Nomad ZAI. No-one answered so he left a message on its answerphone informing the Nomad that it was to lose its Nomad status at 6 PM that day and that its clients would be contracted at that time with the news. Jenkins followed this up with an email saying that ZAI could appeal but when you are going to lose all your clients what is the point? In fact the events of yesterday are just part of a story which shows AIM in a terrible light as a secretive and oppressive body covering its own failings with scapegoating and showing no regard for natural justice or any sense of fairness.
We’ve just heard that New World Oil & Gas (NEW) returns to trading tomorrow. Denzil Jenkins, the Head of UK Compliance and Regulatory Policy for the London Stock Exchange, is now going to have to prove that his job isn’t just a pointless paper pushing exercise. Having failed utterly to enforce its three rulebooks (“Rules of the London Stock Exchange”, “AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers” and “AIM Rules for Companies”), the embarrassment the New World forward selling fiasco has caused to the London Stock Exchange is acute. There are now serious questions about the integrity of the exchange and the viability of the AIM model of self-regulation. Private investors have lost millions of pounds to the regulated City perpetrators of this mess. And so far nothing has been done.