“Safe as Houses?” event

Okay, this may be one of the more important posts, so listen up:

You got questions? What, exactly, happened? Who is to blame? The key question that I’ve been trying to figure out: What can victims do? Seems like there’s some someones who can help answer them.

While this website and others have done their best to help, the reality is that we’re not experts and the thing is complicated, and in many ways the scam depends upon being complicated in order to thrive. So I am delighted to learn that The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand has arranged for 2 speakers who apparently are well known in the Bangkok area, where many of the victims seem to be concentrated. I’m not going to be able to attend this event (details below) due to my existing commitments, but if I could, I’d be there in a heartbeat.

Paul Gambles, who is the founding partner of financial consultancy MBMG Group, has been warning investors of the risks posed by LM and similar funds since 2008. So if he was sounding the alarm bells, how come others recommended it as “low-risk”? And Andrew Batt, who is the senior editor of Property Guru Magazine, has also written extensively about property investment scheme failures. They both are going to take questions from victims, bystanders, and interested parties alike. They both insist that they have no axes to grind, they just want to pass on their knowledge to anyone who may benefit, including investment advisors.

Please see below, click here to book.


BCCT – MBMG Insights


As safe as houses?

In the last few years more investors have fallen prey to questionable schemes and outright scams built around such supposedly safe assets as property, legal services, life insurances and physical assets such as forestry. In many cases the structure of the offering or the distribution behind it were major contributory factors to investors substantially losing their investments.

Join Andrew John Batt, International Group Editor of Property Guru Group and Paul Gambles, co-founder of MBMG Group and Managing Director of SEC licensed financial advisory practice MBMG Investment Advisory as they explain the importance of due diligence, why very high profile schemes have really failed and what victims can be doing right now, and why sometimes seemingly secure and familiar investments can actually be as dangerous as houses.

Date: Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Venue: Study Room, 2nd Floor, Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok, Sukhumvit Soi 24 (Phrom Phong BTS Station Exit 4)

Cost: THB 850 net for BCCT members & THB 1,100 net for non-members including cocktail food, soft drinks, beer and wine.

Sponsored by:

MBMG Group

8 Responses to “Safe as Houses?” event

  1. Chris Elliott says:

    Bit late in day to hold cocktail evening for so called investment advisors to talk about financial scams that have already happened.

  2. amorris says:

    I know it’s frustrating, but you gotta admit it’s should be pretty interesting hearing their point of view given that they’re obviously knowledgeable about it all.

  3. Manita says:

    How it happened is very simple really and scary…the so called Independent Financial Advisers who sold LM were just commission based salesmen who did any due diligence on the investments made. And they exploited the lack of knowledge of the investor community who were all low/medium risk. They had an attitude of “Grab and Go” as many of the big hitters have done a runner already – back to the UK!
    And the authorities including the British Chamber of Commerce are unable to enforce any action.

  4. amorris says:

    Funny that this is seen to be a promotional event? The audience seems to be victims, who aren’t exactly in a position to invest. Skepticism is healthy though.

    • Robin says:

      The audience is wider than that, and goes beyond who attends the event – the BCCT is publicizing this, and social media, etc will be used as well – before and after. Ultimately the goal is more than informing the victims of what happened and why. It’s a PR opportunity – a chance to position itself as the only honest broker in Thailand. Scratch the surface a bit and things look different.

  5. Andy says:

    MBMG International is now on the SEC Thailand’s Investor Alert list

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