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Regulator informs 3 brokerage firms of disciplinary action over mis-sold funds

All News 08:55 October 07, 2020

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's financial regulator has informed top executives of Shinhan Investment Corp. and two other brokerage firms of its disciplinary action over mis-sold funds, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

The proposed reprimand would bar CEOs of Shinhan Investment, Daishin Securities Co. and KB Securities Co. from seeking the top post of their brokerage firms for another term. The CEOs would also be banned from getting jobs in financial companies for up to five years, they said.

The disciplinary action is set to be determined by a disciplinary decision committee of the Financial Supervisory Service on Oct. 29.

The Financial Supervisory Service's headquarters in Yeouido, western Seoul (Yonhap)

The Financial Supervisory Service has said banks and brokerages misled consumers by providing Lime Asset Management Co.'s inaccurate information to consumers without thoroughly checking it.

Local asset manager, Lime Asset Management, has been accused of either falsely or insufficiently stating key information of their fund products.

Founded in 2012 as an investment adviser, Lime Asset was granted a license to operate private funds in 2015.

The company was managing a record high of 5.7 trillion won (US$4.8 billion) as of June last year. In October last year, the company froze withdrawals, citing an inability to liquidate enough assets to meet the redemption requests.

In April, the Seoul Southern District Court issued the warrant to detain Lee Jong-pil, a former vice president of Lime Asset Management, over his alleged involvement in the firm's cover-up of massive losses and subsequent suspension of fund redemption worth an estimated 1.6 trillion won.

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