T1 Markets renounces CySEC license after €120,000 fine

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) has slapped General Capital Brokers (GCB) Ltd with a regulatory fine due to shortcomings in its organizational obligations and other infringements.

The administrative fine was imposed after CySEC concluded its investigation into violations made by GCB, which operates through www.gcb.com.cy and www.t1markets.com. The company agreed to pay €120,000 to resolve charges that it violated the Cypriot investment laws during the period between November 2020 and October 2021.

According to a CySEC announcement, the ruling is related to the transparency requirements in relation to information provided to clients. The brand was also flagged for non-compliance with authorization conditions stated in many articles, which mainly concern the appropriateness of their products offered to certain client segments.

The deficiencies, cited in the regulator’s order against GCB, included weaknesses in the company’s compliance with the following articles:

  1. Article 5(1) of the Law, regarding the requirements for CIF authorization.
  2. Article 22(1) of the Law, since it does not seem to comply at all times with the condition set out in Chapter I for the granting of an operating license and specifically with article 17(2) of the Law.
  3. Article 25(1) of the Law, regarding general principles and information to clients.

Additionally, the Cysec’s website shows that General Capital Brokers (GCB) is currently under examination for voluntary renunciation of its authorisation. Although the regulator didn’t clearly state why the company decided to say goodbye to its CIF authorization, the last few years saw many regulated brokers opt to voluntary surrender their license, and not as a result of any regulatory issues.

T1Markets has a considerable global presence and offers CFDs in several markets including forex, cryptocurrencies, indices, stocks and commodities. Last year, it signed a sponsorship deal with the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to promote the country’s national football teams.

After several months of pause, the Cypriot regulator is once again flexing its muscles and actively finding compliance irregularities. The news about the settlement with General Capital Brokers comes a few weeks after it hit Magnum FX Ltd (trading as ET Finance) and F1Markets Ltd (trading as Investous, StrattonMarkets and Europrime), with a €150,000 fine each.