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Union Jack Oil – Trolling journalists and their girlfriend and ex wife: Who’s a total scumbag? Mr David Bramhill

Tom recently revealed that an AIM company had apparently spent £40,000 investigating the background of a journalist on this site. I understand the revolting dossier included details of the writer, his partner and his Ex and his business. The report was trying to pin the leaking of this companies’ placings on an individual, and doing so in a very nasty way. I have not seen the report. Tom has it and has let me know the highlights. So, Mr David Bramhill, of Union Jack Oil (UJO), step forward and take the honours. You investigated me with your £40,000 Private Investigators. You, Mr Bramhill,  are a xxxx — and I make no apologies for that language. You are Scum.

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Letter to the FCA – 2 possible counts of market abuse or worse concerning Eurasia Mining

The 26p per share £11 million placing on Monday by Eurasia Mining (EUA) may open up not one but two cans of worms and I have written to my chums at the FCA asking for an investigation on two counts. The letter is below:

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SHOCKER: Eurasia Mining high trading volume into classic pump looks convenient for forward selling of today's placing!

The recent share price movement on Eurasia Mining (EUA) looks even more dodgy now in light of today’s announcement of a placing, and I would be surprised if there hasn’t been some forward selling going on.

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Ridgecrest shares unsuspended – Zak Mir must be creaming himself: let the insanity continue

I warned folks on 22 January that cash shell Ridgecrest (RDGC) was, at 3.1p, a £13.5 million accident waiting to happen. With folks such as the penny share hucksters at LSE Share talk, employers of disgraced promoter Zak Mir, in full on spiv mode, folks were piling in even though the company had cash of just £2 million and no other assets. It was insane. Still, if Zak says the shares are a buy…

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Tomco Bailout Rescue Placing Pulled but shares soar – call the cops, call the FCA I smell white collar crime

Following the shocking revelation that Tomco (TOM) had lied to investors it has pulled the £1.5 million placing at 0.4p announced on Wednesday leaving it running on fumes. In fact, I’ll wager you a line or two of finest Colombian marching powder, direct from the City’s grubbiest dealing floors, that it is technically insolvent. Yet its shares, returning from suspension, have rocketed ahead to 0.775p, a gain of c75%. The FCA should be hot footing it to the offices of broker Turner Pope without delay. I smell crime.

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A ban on shorting AIM companies would lead to a lot of the bad ones quickly going bust! (TW - Gary Newman talking bollocks)

There has been a lot of talk on social media recently about a petition to ban the short selling of AIM listed stocks - although it currently only has a little over 3,200 signatures, including a few CEOs, and is well short of the 10,000 needed to even get the government to respond – 100,000 are needed for a Parliamentary debate...

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Tom Winnifrith Bearcast - Cynical Bear and Theresa May talk from ignorance & get it wrong: Big Sofa & Capitalism

I start with a discussion on Big Sofa (BST) prompted by Cynical Bear's article today which is just wrong. CB writes HERE. Then it is onto capitalism and the useless Theresa May and then on to another reason why house prices are set to crash. Finally I discuss forward selling and whether it is wrong or illegal 

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Lucian Miers writes to AIM Regulation re forward selling by L1 and Cloudtag market abuse

Bear raider Lucian Miers has again challenged the Oxymorons at AIM Regulation to take swift and firm action against Cloudtag (CTAG) for market abuse but has also raised the issue of forward selling by death spiral provider L1 Capital. This is effectively running a naked short and should thus be illegal. Miers writes: 

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Exclusive: Harvest Minerals Placing pulled at 8p - shares surge 40% to 21p

Its a ramp based in Australia which in the current climate of fevered bulishness is perhaps ideal. Shares in Harvest Minerals (HMI) started August at c5p - they are 21p today. The word from a reliable source is that Beaufort Securities - appointed as joint broker last month - was trying to do a placing at 8p. But...

Manx-Kippers

The murky world of bucket shop placings and warrants

If you didn’t know that the AIM market was highly regulated by the FCA, you could be forgiven for thinking that some companies exist purely to generate fees for the directors and brokers.

UPDATED: False rumours of a stock shortage in Lenigas Cuba

Over the weekend there was a concerted effort across social media to con private investors into believing that there was a stock shortage for this morning’s Lenigas Cuba (CUBA) IPO. This morning I’ve triple confirmed from various City sources that these rumours are false. There is no shortage in Lenigas Cuba stock for sale, as evidenced by the company’s disastrous market debut. If you want to fight the tidal wave of sellers you can fill your boots with Lenigas Cuba stock. The stock flippers are having a very bad day in the market, despite their best efforts to manipulate it.

Eye-on-AIM

Tom Winnifrith is wrong. Why we should push for the reform of AIM.

“Markets affect everyone. But they can go wrong.  Left unattended they can be prone to excess, instability and abuse.  In order for markets to regain their social license, it is vital that public authorities and private market participants work together to reverse the tide of ethical drift. This cannot be a one-off exercise and needs continuous engagement so that market infrastructure keeps pace with market innovation.” Describing the rationale for its Open Forum at the Guildhall on 11 November, the Bank of England perfectly sums up the general argument for reform of AIM.

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Think you own your shares? It turns out you might not.

The New World Oil & Gas (NEW) forward selling fiasco exposed one of AIM’s most significant structural faults; do you really own the shares you’ve purchased? The secretive role of market makers in the function of AIM is not widely understood or appreciated. Few private investors realise just how much power and control this furtive group wields over physical stock and, therefore, share prices. During the New World controversy the London Stock Exchange proved itself ineffectual in enforcing its own rulebook, which is meant to oversee the actions of market makers and protect the legal rights of shareholders. Below I share some correspondence I had with major retail broker Share Centre, six weeks ago. This helps demonstrate how certain City firms directly interfered with the legal rights of New World’s shareholders, while the London Stock Exchange stood idly by. 

Eye-on-AIM

ShareProphets Exclusive: AIM CEOs speak out on City placement corruption and market abuse – Part 1

AIM Regulation and the FCA’s inability or unwillingness to tackle rampant market abuse involving the illegal forward selling of placements on AIM has cost companies and shareholders hundreds of millions of pounds. The problem has become so widespread that it is widely seen as the cost of doing business in the lower reaches of the market. This is unacceptable and two current CEOs of AIM-listed businesses have spoken out about the parlous state of play.  Below I share the first testimonial, given on the condition of anonymity.

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New World Oil & Gas; administrative error sees Alliance Trust Savings take a 13.25% stake

The New World Oil & Gas (NEW) forward selling fiasco took yet another bizarre twist this morning, as the company announced that Alliance Trust Savings had taken a 13.25% stake. There was widespread speculation that this announcement was a cunning ploy from market abuser Chris Oil, as this involves his broker, but I didn’t believe that for one second. Chris Oil has proven beyond all doubt that he doesn’t have the gumption for cunning ploys, so this transaction looked like something different. The question was what?

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Exclusive: letter sent from Cornhill Capital to clients re. losses suffered from New World forward selling fiasco

The New World Oil and Gas (NEW) saga is something that I’ve avoided making too much comment on, but now find myself in possession of information pertinent to it. Below I provide a copy of a letter that has been sent to me, which was sent from Cornhill Capital to its clients about the losses they suffered as a result of forward selling New World's unconfirmed placement. 

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Exclusive: New World Oil & Gas shareholder action rises like a glorious phoenix from the ashes

It’s not fashionable to say this, but there are times when it is impossible not to feel intense pride at being British. I experienced one such occasion last Thursday night. It is deeply woven into our national spirit never to give up; a characteristic which New World Oil & Gas’ (NEW) ordinary shareholders are increasingly demonstrating in spades. While the naysayers and market abusers crowed that the desire for shareholder action would be broken by the heavily dilutive, mispriced open offer, New World’s shareholders rallied to the call for positive change in their company. As of writing, as much as 4.8% of the company has indicated its intention to join the reformed NWOGaction (www.nwogaction.co.uk).

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New World Oil & Gas – unsettled positions being settled, what next from the authorities?

This morning, Metal Tiger (MTR) announced that its outstanding unsettled position in New World Oil & Gas (NEW) has been settled. Two months late, the failure of regulated market participants to fulfil their contractual terms has materially and detrimentally impacted the fortunes of hundreds, if not several thousand, private shareholders up and down the country. The shareholder action group could not reach the 10% threshold to requisition a general meeting directly because of this. While the London Stock Exchange failed miserably to enforce its own rulebooks, the FCA stood idly by and did nothing. This whole episode is dreadful for the reputation of AIM and calls into question how trustworthy or viable is this market?

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New World Oil and Gas – Placing and Open Offer result. Will it work?

New World Oil and Gas (NEW) has been explicit with its warnings that the plan to conduct a Placing and Open Offer is not guaranteed to solve the settlement crisis, which saw the London Stock Exchange belatedly step in and suspend trading. Tuesday night’s RNS (after hours, natch) with the results of the offer continued to warn that it may still not result in the lifting of the suspension. Let us have a look at the numbers.

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Last chance for the London Stock Exchange to save the credibility of AIM ref. New World Oil & Gas

The New World Oil & Gas (NEW) forward selling fiasco has been a disaster for the credibility of AIM. So far, every single safeguard that is meant to be in place to protect private investors has failed. Predatory regulated City firms are on the cusp of making millions of pounds of profit from the chaos they have caused, while hundreds of private investors stand to suffer unacceptable and unjust losses. Had the authorities been doing their jobs properly in the first place none of this would have happened, but such is the paucity of regulatory oversight on AIM that the conditions have been primed for this shambolic situation for a long time. Nevertheless, the London Stock Exchange has one last chance to prove itself deserving of its licence for self-regulation of “the world’s most successful growth market”.

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Confessions of a forward seller; how AIM corrupts ordinary private investors - ref New World

At the start of the New World Oil & Gas (NEW) forward selling fiasco Liam was cited as being one of the “innocent” forward sellers, who “accidentally” got himself embroiled in this mess. In fact, Liam was the primary example used to paint a human face on perhaps one of the most reckless market acts ever witnessed on AIM. Unfortunately for those who chose Liam as the forward sellers’ poster-boy, he has not behaved well. Posting under the username “Awkward Turtle” across social media, Liam is quite removed from being an “ordinary” private investor. Mr Turtle, as it is perhaps more appropriate to call Liam, is a small, yet revealing, part of something far more sinister and well coordinated.

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New World Oil & Gas; the open offer that causes the London Stock Exchange an almighty dilemma

In one week New World Oil & Gas’ (NEW) highly controversial placing and open offer closes. The company expects to announce the result the following day. It then hopes that the London Stock Exchange will admit the new shares to trading on 10 July. This will present an acid test for AIM’s integrity and credibility. Few seem to appreciate the dilemma now facing the London Stock Exchange.

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New World Oil & Gas; could it pay a shameful £1.15million in fees to Cornhill Capital?

I took a temporary vow of silence last week concerning New World Oil & Gas (NEW). We should learn soon enough whether my faith in the regulatory authorities was misplaced, but there is one issue I am compelled to speak out on; the sickening and unconscionable fees New World has agreed to pay Cornhill Capital in relation to the highly controversial open offer.

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Exclusive: New World Oil and Gas – the smoking gun

Deputy Sheriff Towers is in receipt of an astonishing document - a Placing Letter sent out by Cornhill Capital pursuant to the abortive fund-raising announced by New World Oil and Gas (NEW) at the end of April. The placing was, of course, conditional on the passing of resolutions at an EGM, which shareholders blocked. But here is the thing: I see absolutely no reference to that requirement in the Placing Letter- indeed, the acceptance form describes the transaction to buy stock ‘Placed Firm’. Who will be first up to the gallows?

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Has New World Oil & Gas made a catastrophic error in its open offer?

By Friday afternoon it looked like New World Oil & Gas’ (NEW) board and its hapless regulated advisors had made yet another catastrophic error. Even by this group’s sheer rank incompetence over the last seven weeks, the latest blunder could be the worst. Not content to forward sell an unconfirmed placement, trample over shareholders’ lawful rights, ignore market rules, waste the company’s dwindling cash on an unjustifiable battle to save its advisors to the detriment of shareholders and try to force through an abysmally mispriced open offer, New World and its grossly inept advisors appear now to have broken the law.

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Could the New World & Gas naked shorters really make £5million from the havoc they caused?

If New World Oil & Gas’ (NEW) board of directors gets its way and saves the skin of the naked shorters, then this group could stand to make at least £5million from this fiasco. As disgusting as this figure it, what is most troubling about it is that the group of naked shorters must include a number of regulated firms, who have acted incredibly recklessly and irresponsibly. Will the London Stock Exchange and Financial Conduct Authority stand by and allow this to happen?

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Exclusive: Cornhill Capital’s damning placement agreement - ref New World Oil & Gas

I’ve been passed a copy of Cornhill Capital’s standard placement agreement template. Normally this wouldn’t be remotely interesting, but in light of the broker’s role in the New World Oil & Gas (NEW) fiasco it makes for fascinating reading. In particular, the document I now have appears to blow out of the water any notion that Cornhill could have “accidentally” enabled the forward selling of New World’s conditional placement. This now leaves one question. Has Cornhill Capital totally lost control?

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Why has New World Oil & Gas not sacked Cornhill Capital?

There are grave concerns about the conduct and behaviour of New World Oil & Gas’ (NEW) board of directors, in response to the forward selling fiasco embroiling the company. Specifically New World’s private shareholders worry whether or not the directors are acting in their interests or rather are acting to save the company’s regulated advisors from the financial consequences of their incredibly reckless actions. Until New World’s board engages with its ordinary shareholders these fears will not go away, but there is one much more pertinent question that no-one seems to have asked. Why has New World not sacked Cornhill Capital?

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New World Oil & Gas; how large is the naked short?

Various parties involved in the New World Oil & Gas (NEW) fiasco seem determined to spread false information about the current size of the naked short position. At the EGM, one of Cornhill’s representatives laughably tried to claim that the volume in the first three days of trading wasn’t so spectacular and “at least 650million of the shares traded were done over two transactions, which were ‘bed & ISAs’”. That was an interesting enough revelation, but what is the true state of play?

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Exclusive:New World Oil & Gas - RNS due Monday about new action group

There is only one legitimate way that the New World Oil & Gas (NEW) fiasco can be resolved and that is to involve the company’s rightful owners. I understand that this week New World’s board and reckless advisors have spent a lot of time trying to persuade the London Stock Exchange (LSE) to accept an open offer at 0.09p. This has been a complete waste of time. Even if the architects of this scandal somehow manage to fool the LSE that this is a viable solution to the settlement mess, it will not be the end of this matter. Does anyone really believe that New World’s shareholders will accept the heavy financial penalty such an open offer would inflict?

African Potash; A NEW forward selling case involving Cornhill Capital?

Hot on the heels of the New World Oil & Gas (NEW) fiasco, evidence is emerging of a separate incident of possible forward selling of a placement involving another client of Cornhill Capital. Was this all above board? African Potash (AFPO) announced its plan to raise £1.2million on April 17th. In an echo of the New World controversy, African Potash’s placement was partially dependent on a successful shareholder vote at an EGM on May 21st.  Careful analysis of African Potash’s daily volume data, before and after April 17th, reveals a number of troubling questions.

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Exclusive: Observations from New World Oil & Gas’ EGM

I took notes during New World Oil & Gas’ (NEW) EGM. Although these aren’t a comprehensive record of what turned out to be a very long meeting, they should hopefully provide some insight to those shareholders who were not able to attend.

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Why New World Oil & Gas cannot, in good conscience, proceed with Open Offer

We still don’t know which way the vote from New World Oil & Gas’ (NEW) EGM will go. No doubt recognising that a show of hands would have resulted in defeat of Resolutions 1 & 2, meeting Chairman Peter Sztyk’s first action was to announce a poll. He was well within his rights to do this. The poll results should be available in the near future, but there is one point I have to make, while we wait. Based on what Mr Sztyk said in the meeting, in front of New World’s solicitor and brokers (four of whom were in the room), if Resolution 1 is defeated it is inconceivable that the company can proceed with an open offer in good conscience.

Anarchy

New rules are needed on forward selling of placings

The forward selling of placing shares has been a pet hate of mine for a long time, and I think it is time that the FCA and London Stock Exchange did something to change the rules. The recent situation with New World Oil (NEW) has been an eye-opener for many private investors – judging by the chatter on Twitter and the bulletin boards – and many seem genuinely amazed that this practice is even legal and seems to be the norm!

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Is New World Oil & Gas’ board legally allowed to issue shares or conduct a vote?

There are an increasing number of indications that New World Oil & Gas’ (NEW) board of directors has lost control of the company’s share capital structure. If this is the case then the implications for the growing fiasco, concerning the reckless forward selling of the company’s unconfirmed placement, are immense. With material uncertainty over who owns the company, how can New World’s directors possibly hope to conduct a legal issue of shares in the company, or even run a fair and legal vote, until after it has cleansed the shareholder register?

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Serious (impossible?) questions about this morning’s RNS from New World Oil & Gas

New World Oil & Gas (NEW) issued this RNS announcement this morning, in response to the omnishambles it now finds itself in. Crucially, New World did not deny the “Internet Commentary” it referred to, all but confirming that its unconfirmed placement has been legitimately and excessively forward sold. As of writing 460million shares have traded hands in New World stock (nearly half the issued share capital) and the price is off slightly at 0.08p. My personal view is that there are some incredibly lucky forward sellers out there who are covering their positions, but the epic mess is still a long way from resolution. As for the message circulating, that the Rights Issue is going to solve the problem, it seems that people just have not thought this through properly. Here’s why.

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Will Beaumont Cornish lose its Nomad license over the raging New World Oil & Gas scandal?

In his bearcast earlier, Tom Winnifrith suggested that Beaumont Cornish should lose its Nomad licence for its appalling efforts this week, in overseeing RNS announcements from New World Oil & Gas (NEW). While I disagree wholeheartedly with Tom’s suggestion how the epic mess at New World might be resolved (cancelling trades would only leave the London Stock Exchange open to a massive class action lawsuit from and all those who bought New World stock), I agree entirely with Tom’s conclusion about Beaumont Cornish. Beaumont Cornish should have been investigated long ago for its conduct over New World, but this week’s succession of catastrophic errors leaves it extremely vulnerable. Here’s why.

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NWOGaction; why I am voting against New World’s placement

As co-founder of NWOGaction (www.nwogaction.co.uk) I intend to vote against New World Oil & Gas’ (NEW) placement at the forthcoming EGM on May 19th. After an extremely intense 72 hours, I have given this a great deal of thought and explain below my rationale.

Crime-Scene

ShareProphets Exclusive: Bucket shop market abusers find new way to steal from private investors

Private investors on AIM are used to watching millions wiped off the value of their investments by the illegal forward selling of placements, followed by gratuitous discounts forced by brokers. Not content with the scale of their illegitimate profits, it now looks like the market abusers have struck upon a new method of stealing from shareholders. It’s come to our attention that certain bucket shops are demanding a sizeable percentage of brokers’ fees for participation in placements. Sadly, we have been made aware of at least one broker, which is playing along with this outrage. This helps explain the mystery of the increasing number of stocks we’ve watched trade below placement prices, immediately after the completion of fundraisings. Even by the abysmal standards of AIM’s cesspit, this revelation is a new low.

Open letter to the FCA; please investigate Kibo Mining’s placement of March 31st

On March 31st this year, Kibo Mining (KIBO) raised £750,000 at 2.5p. The price of this placement was horrific, at a 42% discount to the previous close’s 65 day Moving Average (65MA) closing price. On March 28th Kibo’s 65MA closing price was 4.28p. In percentage terms, this was one of the worst recent cases of placement value destruction I have come across and there was a very strong suggestion that Kibo, and its shareholders, had been victim of blatant (and sloppy) forward selling. Forward selling is the term used to describe a version of market abuse whereby certain parties, armed with confidential “inside” information, use this to profit, by going heavily short a stock, which they know is trying to raise money. We see possible cases of forward selling of placements regularly on AIM and there is an impression that that the regulator is doing little to nothing about it. Below I have drafted an open letter to the FCA to ask them to investigate this matter.

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