In February 2016, the High Court in London ordered 19 companies into liquidation. One of the companies was CNI (UK) Ltd, one of three companies that emerged in 2013 from the ashes of Carbon Neutral Investments, a company involved in selling carbon credits to retail investors.
Thorn Medical has written to shareholders to tell them that the company is insolvent and will be placed in voluntary liquidation.
Thorn Medical is a healthcare company, founded in July 2014 by Jack Kaye. In 2015, the company announced that it was planning a £350 million listing on the London Stock Exchange. A listing on the USA’s Nasdaq was also planned. In early 2016, the company appointed Sir Eric Peacock, Sir John Lucas-Tooth, and Lord Beaverbrook to its board.
In January 2016, Thorn Medical, a healthcare company, announced that it was planning to list “within the next two months” on the London Stock Exchange with a valuation of £350 million. In February 2016, Lord Beaverbrook joined Thorn Medical as Chairman. In October 2016, Thorn Medical wrote to its shareholders to tell them that the company had withdrawn from its listing on the London Stock Exchange, but that a related US company would list on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange in January 2017.
On 3 February 2016, the High Court in London ordered 19 companies into liquidation, following an investigation by the Insolvency Agency. One of the companies is CNI (UK) Ltd, whose director Edward Carlton had previously worked as “Head of UK Operations” at Carbon Neutral Investments.
Following an investigation by the Insolvency Service, 13 companies that sold carbon credits as investments have been wound up in the UK’s High Court on the grounds of public interest. The companies had scammed people out of more than £19 million.
In 2013 the top story on REDD-Monitor was the carbon credits as investments scam. All of the top ten posts on REDD-Monitor were about this story, which involves companies (largely UK-based) pushing carbon credits onto unwary retail investors.
In March 2013, REDD-Monitor wrote about a company called Anglo-Capital Partners, which was selling carbon credits as “a phenomenal alternative investment opportunity”. Last month, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service, Anglo-Capital Partners was ordered into liquidation in the High Court.
“Enviro Associates specialises in providing the opportunity to purchase Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) carbon credits within the de-centralised unregulated speculative voluntary carbon credit spot market for high risk speculative investment for the future and individual and corporate offset purposes.”
Naked Capitalism is a blog set up by Yves Smith. She’s an expert on investment banking and the founder of Aurora Advisers, a New York-based management consulting firm. Carbon Neutral Investments is a company that, before it changed its name, provided services for a long list of companies that sold carbon credits as investments.