The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) warns consumers not to accept any offers made by Kooij with respect to investment objects (beleggingsobjecten), namely property investments.
The AFM believes that Kooij has offered and/ or offers investment objects (property investments) without a license and without being able to claim an exemption. The AFM has been notified by consumers who have been offered investment objects (property investments) by Kooij. The offering of investment objects in the Netherlands without a license or exemption, constitutes a violation of article 2:55 of the Act on Financial Supervision (Wet op het financieel toezicht).
The AFM advises consumers wanting to do business with an organisation or individual to first check the relevant register on the AFM website to see whether the organisation or individual in question is registered and authorised to offer investment objects in the Netherlands. The AFM further advises consumers to check the AFM’s warning lists prior to proceeding with a party offering investment objects.
On the AFM’s Consumer website two warning lists are available:
Listing organisations and individuals operating without a license that is required by law, as well as organisations that do not issue a prospectus to accompany their securities as required by law.
Listing organisations against which foreign supervisory/ regulatory authorities have issued warnings.
Consumers with queries or complaints can also contact the Financial Markets Information Line on +31 20 797 3751.