The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) is publishing a list on its website of unauthorized companies proposing atypical investments without being authorized to do so
Wine, forests, photovoltaic panels, works of art or diamonds: intermediation in miscellaneous assets may cover several sectors. Since July 2017, the AMF has been providing a list of unauthorized diamond investments platforms: this list is now including other miscellaneous assets proposals.
Law No. 2016-1691 of 9 December 2016 on transparency, the fight against corruption and the modernisation of economic life (the "Sapin II" law) introduces a change in the system of intermediation in miscellaneous assets1.
The investment proposals highlighting the possibility of a financial returns or a similar economic effect involve intermediation in miscellaneous assets and are now subject to ex ante control by the AMF. Consequently, no offer can be directly marketed in France on without prior allocation by the AMF of a registration number.
Despite the warning of the AMF regarding this new regulation, these companies keep advertising and/or marketing the French public:
These websites may change very quickly and this list is not intended to be exhaustive.
Lastly, the AMF reminds investors to follow these safety guidelines before making any investment:
- no advertising materials should make you overlook the fact that high returns always involve high risk;
- learn as much as you can about the company or intermediary trying to sell you a product (authorization/certification, company history, location of head offices, etc.);
- only invest in a product you understand;
- ask yourself how, and by whom, the purchase price or selling price of the advertised product is set, and find out the precise terms and timeline for selling the product, especially in cases where the product invests in an asset class with low liquidity.
About the AMF
The AMF is an independent public authority responsible for ensuring that savings invested in financial products are protected, providing investors with adequate information and supervising the orderly operation of markets. Visit our website www.amf-france.org.
Do you have any questions?
For all information, go to the following websites:
Assurance-Banque-Epargne Info Service: www.abe-infoservice.fr or call 0811 901 801, Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 6pm.
AMF: http://www.amf-france.org or call 01 5345 6200, Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm.
AMF Communication Directorate - Caroline Richard - Tel: +33 (0)1 5345 6039 or +33 (0)1 5345 6028
 Art. L 550-1, I and L 550-1, II of the Monetary and Financial Code.
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Head of publications: The Executive Director of AMF Communication Directorate. Contact: Communication Directorate – Autorité des marches financiers 17 place de la Bourse – 75082 Paris cedex 02