What is a self certified sophisticated investor?

You could be regarded as a self-certified sophisticated investor for the purposes of the Financial Services and Markets Act (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 if at least one of the following applies:

(a) I am a member of a network or syndicate of business angels and have been so for at least the last six months prior to the date below;

(b) I have made more than one investment in an unlisted company in the two years prior to the date below;

(c) I am working, or have worked in the two years prior to the date below, in a professional capacity in the private equity sector, or in the provision of finance for small and medium enterprises;

(d) I am currently, or have been in the two years prior to the date below, a director of a company with an annual turnover of at least £1 million.

What does this means:

(a) I can receive financial promotions that may not have been approved by a person authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority;

(b) the content of such financial promotions may not conform to rules issued by the Financial Conduct Authority;

(c) by signing this statement I may lose significant rights;

(d) I may have no right to complain to either of the following

(i) the Financial Conduct Authority; or

(ii) the Financial Ombudsman Scheme;

(e) I may have no right to seek compensation from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

All self certified sophistocated investors accept that I can lose my property and other assets from making investment decisions based on financial promotions.

Register here as a Qualifying Investor.