With a 96% versus 4% vote the shareholders of LFP1 yesterday dismissed the current board of directors, headed by David Mapley. Mapley got suspended by the Luxemburg regulator CSSF earlier this year for lying about his credentials when applying for his directorship at LFP1.
In a stormy EGM, shareholders casted their mistrust by dismissing David Mapley, Tudor Fedeles and Jacques Bossuyt as board members by an overwhelming majority.
The shareholders will nominate a new board shortly at a yet to be convened EGM. Furthermore, they filed a 40 million euro claim for damages against the former management.
Two years ago David Mapley who falsely claimed to be a fraud investigator at Intel Swiss took over the management of the fund after allegedly having discovered fraud. Later on it turned out that Mapley had a fraudulent record himself and that his investigation firm “Intel Suisse” simply does not exist. It was further discovered how Mapley abused his mandate at LFP1 to extort one of the shareholders of the fund for over 2 million euros.
Events accelerated after Luxemburg commercial court, appointed last month a court administrator to convene an EGM at the request of shareholders to seek replacement of the board.
David Mapley uses his fraudulent research company Intel Suisse to extort Luxembourg investment fund.
We have previously reported the ghost company Intel Suisse used by David Mapley to pressure victims. However, this time one of his victims has captured everything on video. In the report below you can watch the shocking events and see how David Mapley and his right hand Tudor Fedeles work.
The victims have been reported to the authorities and have started an investigation into the criminal organization Intel Suisse. For your information, the maximum sentence for running a criminal organization in Luxembourg is 15 years.
The banning by the CSSF of David Mapley in Luxemburg did not stay unnoticed by the Luxemburg press. The REPORTER published a comprehensive article on the matter. You can read it here. For those who don’t master the French language we have made a translation.
FINANCIAL REGULATOR:End of the road for a self-proclaimed vigilante
David Mapley presented himself as a benefactor serving the victims of investment fraud. He has become their bane. The financial sector regulator has put a stop to its journey. Considered manipulative and uncontrollable, he lost his honor.
The Financial Sector Supervisory Commission (CSSF) struck hard on Monday 25 May when it declared David Mapley persona non grata for four years in the financial center. This administrative measure is exceptional, as is the story of this 60-year-old Briton who readily pretends to be a vigilante from the financial center who flew to the aid of investors in the specialized investment fund (FIS) LFP1, victim of a major fraud.
Columna Commodities, one of the sub-compartments of the FIS, was indeed at the heart of a fraud involving 50 million euros. The funds would have partly evaporated in the pocket of an African kleptocrat, according to a relative of the file who requested anonymity. Mapley’s mission was to recover the assets.
However, the “Robin Hood” of the fight against financial crime has not lived up to his task. Mapley lied on his curriculum vitae in September 2018 to obtain a director’s approval as head of LFP1. He had to get the investment fund back on track. His mission went wrong. “Mr. Mapley provided incomplete and false information to the CSSF in the context of a sworn statement submitted as part of the approval procedure,” said the press release of May 25.
Fictitious company in Switzerland
David Mapley has an MBA from the University of Chicago where he was enrolled between 1984 and 1985. He assures directing Intel Swiss, a financial investigation company in Switzerland which does not exist. “It is an informal group of financial investigators and analysts who investigate financial crimes and recover assets,” he defends himself from REPORTER.
We wonder how the CSSF was able to admit such an individual without verifying his background, which is quite impressive ” A lawyer from the Geneva Bar
His professional career mentions a position as CEO of City Windmills, in liquidation since 2019. According to information from REPORTER, the shareholders of this company which sold wind turbines in the United Kingdom for individuals, brought a complaint against him before the Attorney General of Geneva for fraud and embezzlement. His detractors accuse him of dragging around thirty bankruptcies behind him, which he was careful not to declare to the CSSF. “We wonder how the CSSF could admit such an individual without verifying his background, which is quite impressive,” said REPORTER a Swiss lawyer who worked with Mapley in the City Windmills case.
A few months after his appointment, his muscular methods, his professional faults and his ignorance of financial regulations earned him the hostility of a majority of the shareholders of the FIS. They demand his resignation. But the man clings to his mandate. The shareholders rebel and go so far as to sue him. The CSSF is alerted.
REPORTER has taken cognizance of a summons before the Commercial Court in which investors are claiming 41.5 million euros, corresponding to their financial loss due to breaches, professional misconduct and lies attributed to David Mapley and to another administrator of LFP1. They are suspected of wanting to get their hands on the 23 million cash left in one of the fund’s compartments. The recording of a telephone conversation and text messages, presented during the summons, document shocking practices, bordering on the orthodoxy of the financial sector.
Mapley does not hesitate to use the press to denigrate its opponents. In a very oriented article published in the Financial Times at the end of February , the president of LFP1 indicates having seized the European authority of the financial markets to denounce the propensity of the CSSF to put itself more at the service of the marketing of the financial center than to act. in favor of investor protection.
The Briton stubbornly refuses to implement a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders for the transfer of one of the “healthy” compartments of LFP1 to another investment fund. On April 30, in a letter REPORTER obtained, a group of shareholders representing 60% of the capital demanded, within a month, the holding of an extraordinary general meeting to obtain the resignation of Mapley and the two other directors. of the fund.
REPORTER, Mapley claims to have submitted a summons request to the CSSF and is awaiting a response.
An FIS out of control
The CSSF’s May 25 decision should speed up the end of Mapley’s mandate. The fact that his name was mentioned in the administrative decision, an extremely rare practice, testifies both to the urgency of the regulator’s intervention and to the seriousness of the reproaches made against him.
David Mapley did not come to Luxembourg by chance ”
A familiar with the matter
Out of control, the investment fund no longer has a depositary bank. In July 2019, the CSSF removed it from its official list of FIS funds and since that date, has acted as supervisory commissioner, which in principle reduces the scope of the fund to only protective acts. However, the board of directors is suspected of wanting to overcome these constraints. The FIS paralysis is total. Many shareholders feel trapped.
In fact, the withdrawal of his honorability by the CSSF should force Mapley to shed his mandate as chairman of the board of directors of this regulated fund. However, in a press release, the Briton deplores the “unilateral” character of the decision and announces, right in his boots, that he will appeal to the administrative court. He attacks the regulator whom he accuses of complacency in the protection of investors and the fight against financial crimes.
We must therefore expect a long legal battle and, at the same time, a great unpacking of dirty laundry. It will probably take time before such a controversial figure comes out of the radars of the financial center.
A folder that hides another
“David Mapley did not come to Luxembourg by chance”, indicates a relative of the file who requested anonymity. “Alter Domus presented its authorization request file as administrator of the fund to the CSSF”, specifies this source. The Alter Domus communications department considers this assertion to be inaccurate.
The Mapley case would only be the tip of the iceberg of a much larger affair which would originate in the chaotic sale in 2018 of Luxembourg Fund Partners (LFP), a fund management company, which had offered its first directors to LFP1.
The conditions for the arrival of the British leader at the helm of the fund are enigmatic. His arrival in spring 2018 corresponds to the sale to the financial service provider Alter Domus of LFP. But the negotiations between LFP and Alter Domus went wrong. The buyer has suspended the last installment of the payment to the seller after Mapley began to fire its first salvos against its predecessors on the board of directors of LFP1, accusing them of complicity in the fraud at 50 million euros on the Columna compartment Commodities. A fraud that the fund’s auditors had not detected and that the ex-administrators had themselves reported to the authorities. These former directors of LFP1 are also the sellers of the management company.
Mapley considers this to be the Luxembourg financial crime of the decade and compares it to the Madoff and Landsbanki cases.
A second and new criminal complaint was filed by shareholders of City Windmills on the 22nd of January 2020 before the General Prosecutors of Cantons Geneva and Valais. A first criminal complaint was already deposited by City Windmills investors on the 14 thof April 2019 before the General Prosecutors of in Geneva. The complaints were all filed with allegations of fraud and misuse of company goods.
According to the shareholders of City Windmills, Mr. Mapley spent all the shareholder’s investments since the beginning of his appointment for personal purposes, travel & expenses, and lifestyle. David Mapley also invoiced huge amounts to personal accounts on the Cayman Islands instead of using the shareholder’s money for the company’s development (see the City Windmills annual report of 2017 page 24). Furthermore, he refuses to convene general shareholder meetings to report to the shareholders and refuses to give transparency on the bookkeeping, figures, and expenses.
David Mapley developed a business model to steal other people’s money.
The company is left completely cashless and has become completely inactive. Shareholder of City Windmills state: “David Mapley has stolen all the money and left the company completely cashless” “David Mapley developed a business model to steal other people’s money. It turns out his fraud investigation company “Intel Suisse” does not even exist and has never existed. David Mapley is a pathological liar.”
In the last weeks, more and more cases are being reported by victims of David Mapley.
The Luxemburg financial authority CSSF has taken action against David Mapley and banned him for a period of 4 years. During this period David Mapley is forbidden to have any position in Luxemburg that requires approval from the financial authorities CSSF.
In a statement the CSSF announces that David Mapley provided incorrect and incomplete information to the CSSF on his declaration of honor. On this declaration you state that all information you provide to the CSSF for approval, to govern a financial entity in Luxemburg is true.
David Mapley had to submit his declaration of honor when he sought to become director of the LFP I structure at the end of 2018. The LFP I structure was subsequently delisted by the CSSF because David Mapley and his fellow directors Tudor Fedeles and Jacques Bossuyt did not comply with the financial regulations in Luxemburg.
The other day we received a presentation of a new scam by David Mapley. David Mapley and his henchman Tudor Fedeles is trying to suck the life out of the GB Strategic Land Fund.
As in previous Mapley scams, non-existent companies are presented to make it look trustworthy. As in previous cases, Intel Suisse is staged to give weight to David Mapley’s scam. As we previously published Intel Suisse does not exist. What’s new is that mapley is asking to invest in the unregulated Shimoda Kraken General Partnership (Kraken G.P.). Now we have searched in the Luxembourg trade register, but you guessed it, this Shimoda Kraken G.P. does not exist. But that aside.
The GB Strategic Land Fund (GBSLF) is within an umbrella structure in Luxemburg KMG SICAV. As in many umbrella structures, not all funds succeeded, causing a stagnation within the structure. Which of course makes the shareholders nervous. Now lets examen the proposal to shareholders of the GB Strategic Land Fund. (Note the clumsy logo from Wikipedia while you claim that you have your own (fake) marketing company.)
David Mapley is proposing to the shareholders of regulated GB Strategic Land Fund to swap their shares, for shares in his unregulated Kraken G.P. and paying him an additional € 1,500.
As described in his plan he seeks to call an Exceptional General Meeting (EGM) and take control of GB Strategic LandFund. The Investors in the GB Strategic Land Fund will thereafter have nothing to say about their investment and have lost the regulatory protection, as it is absolutely unclear how many shares in the Shimoda Kraken G.P. in the possession of David Mapley, but we presume that he always keeps the majority.
With David mapley in control, he will start to kick around in the media and discover major fraud in the fund and accusing the service providers, hoping they pay him to get rid of him. This is his core business model.
In the meanwhile David Mapley, he has full access to the bank account and assets of the GB Strategic LandFund. No doubt he will make big payments to his Cayman Island Shimoda Capital Partners and empty the fund.
Our advice to KMG SICAV investors is to stay clear from David Mapley and his gang.
We spoke to a prominent Swiss fraud investigator who has a file about Mapley that weighs many kilos, based on archive and field research
In Switzerland, where he lived for several years, David Mapley no longer has any interest whatsoever. Six companies in which he had an interest or managed are closed or bankrupt. In England, seven of Mapley’s companies are “out of business”. In the US, there is also a list of companies to which Mapley was linked. Most are out of business and some still exist on paper but have not published figures for years. All this is supported in the extensive file with excerpts from the various trade registers, the status of Mapley’s fraud investigation office Intel Suisse is not mentioned either in Switzerland or in the UK.
That was was certainly surprising. The world of financial private eyes is not too big and none of our researchers had never heard of that company. David Mapley tells new relationships that there are dozens of people in the company and that it has more than 6 million dollars in assignments. The reason why we couldn’t find about Intel Suisse is simple: Intel – Suisse didn’t exist! It is/was not registered anywhere in Switzerland nor in the UK. The business address he gives turns out to be a shabby apartment that he also used as his home address. On a piece of paper, his name is written next to the letterbox. There is no mention of Intel – Suisse. “it is an empty shell that only exists for David Mapley”. After having folded dozens of official documents from as many bankruptcies of Mapley, we browse through the file to the most important page, namely the conclusion of the renowned researcher.
We Quote: Unreliable, misleading and misguided. He puts himself down as a fraud investigator. The revealed information provides a clear insight into David John Mapley’s personality as being highly unreliable, misleading and misguided. He pretends to be a fraud investigator, but in reality, he’s the one who commits fraud and misconduct. He is not ashamed of blackmailing third parties, extorting them and ruining their reputation and business in order to achieve his fraudulent goals. In addition, the revealed information shows that he has been involved in numerous bankruptcies and outlines his inability to conduct business reliably in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Corporate Business.
The file also contains a copy of the document of good conduct initialled by Mapley, which he had to complete for the Luxembourg financial watchdog, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), in order to be able to take on the directorship of the LFP1 investment fund. This is an umbrella fund with a number of sub-funds. For the experts: SICAV SIF (investment company with variable capital). In his declaration of honour, David Mapley stated that he had never been involved in a bankruptcy as a director!!!
The coming weeks we will dig deeper into LPF1, no doubt we will discover another cesspool created by David Mapley. Stay tuned…
Blackridge marketing appears to be yet another ghost company of David Mapley. This time together with his son Tim and a guy named Tudor Fedeles. The company does not have an address on its website, nor does the company have a legal status. Their website claims to have representation in the UK, US, and Luxembourg. However, no trade registrations can be found in the United Kingdom or in Luxembourg or the US.
Remains the question of what is the purpose of this ghost company and the people associated with it? We will dive deeper into it.
Recently we wrote about the scam practices of David Mapley with City Windmills in Switzerland. David embezzled 2,000,000 US dollars company funds. In the meantime it has become known that David Mapley has fled Switzerland. Non of his former residences are occupied. Furthermore all the companies that David Mapley founded in Switzerland have now been declared bankrupt or in liquidation.
David Mapley’s companies in Liquidation and Bankrupted
City Windmills (Suisse) SA (In Liquidation)
JM Investments Advisors SA (In Liquidation)
Crossbridge Global Capital Markets SA (In Liquidation)
IX Swiss AG (In Liquidation)
Cav & Art (Bankrupt)
Earlier we reported about the fraud committed by David Mapley at City Windmills and Cav & Art. At this moment our team is investigating the other liquidations, undoubtedly this will also provide the necessary incriminating material.
The only company that does not appear in this list is Intel Suisse, but that company cannot go bankrupt because it only exists in the head of David Mapley and is not registered anywhere.
Back to David Mapley, who has fled Switzerland and remains untraceable for his creditors. From a reliable source, we have learned that soon, litigation against David Mapley will be started by angry creditors.
We are very curious to see how this will continue, and if it goes to court, we will be sitting in the public gallery.
David Mapley actively promotes himself as a trustworthy and renowned fund director on his website. (At the moment offline) “Shimoda Capital Partners” This was how the site looked – “shimoda-ltd.com.” However, the information given on his site is false and misleading. From the 12 displayed funds, six are not existing, and four funds have been dissolved or liquidated more than 15 years ago. One mentioned fund has no relation with Shimoda Capital at all. Only one fund is active but says it has fired David Mapley in 2015.
Emerging Markets Investment Funds
Shimoda Romanian Fund (RAIF): Non-existing
Shimoda Emerging Europe Fund: Liquidated in 2004
Investment Funds – Fund of Funds
Shimoda Russia Renaissance Fund: Non-existing
Fund of Credit Asia: Liquidated in 2003
Far East Fund – Non-existing
Shimoda Capital Fund (RAIF): Non-existing
Investment Funds – Thematic Funds
LFP1 umbrella fund since Dec 2018, but there is no relation with Shimoda Capital. (delisted by the CSSF and David Mapley banned as director)
May 2020 the Luxembourg Financial Authorities (CSSF) banned David Mapley for four years in an exceptional act of naming and shamming. David Mapley received the ban because he provided false information to the CSSF.