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OurSpace Partners LP

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OurSpace Partners LP is a Scottish Limited Partnership which raised funds for the OurSpace workspace Ponzi Scheme.

A Scottish Limited Partnership (“SLP”) is a structure which contains two types of partner. They are called Limited Partners and General Partners. Limited Partners take no part in the running of the company – these are the investors. General Partners are the management team. They are not investors.

According to filings at Companies House this SLP had registered Limited Partners who had invested approximately $4m into the partnership.

There was only one General Partner running the partnership. That was a company incorporated in the UK called OurSpace Holdings Ltd.

On 19th June 2019, a Safe Or Scam client, who we had guided through the entire process, successfully petitioned the High Court in London to obtain a winding up order against OurSpace Holdings Ltd. The basis for the petition was that the contract between the Limited Partner (our client) and the SLP required the SLP to make quarterly interest payments to the Limited Partner. It had failed to make those payments for nine months.

OurSpace Holdings Ltd was controlled by Malcolm Douglass during the fundraising period. Malcolm Douglass was a key figure in the OurSpace empire. He was replaced in the SLP in 2018 by Kevan Halliwell, the co-founder of the collapsed OurSpace Ponzi Scheme. Halliwell, through his solicitor, argued that the debt was owed by the SLP and not by OurSpace Holdings Ltd which was only the General Partner i.e the Manager of the SLP. However, the court accepted our client’s argument that the contract contained a clause which stated that in the event of the SLP failing to make a payment the liability to pay falls upon the General Partner. Our client had followed the correct debt recovery process in the UK, OurSpace Holdings Ltd had refused to pay, and our client was therefore entitled to petition the court to wind up OurSpace Holdings Ltd.

Now that OurSpace Holdings Ltd has been wound up the matter has been passed to the Official Receiver. An application has been made by the client’s preferred liquidation firm to take over the case. OurSpace Partners LP (the Scottish Limited Partnership) is still technically in existence. It has not been dissolved. It just does not have a functioning General Partner at present. The liquidator will now take control of the General Partner and will be able to keep the SLP running until such time as the investigation is complete.

The liquidator will be looking into the affairs of all parties involved, including the directors, and we look forward to updating investors in the near future.

To view the previous blog entry on OurSpace please click HERE

OurSpace Flop

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Last week Kevan Halliwell presented his latest rescue plan – the OurSpace flop. As it turned out it was a complete waste of everyone’s time. As you will see below, Kevan Halliwell didn’t even check with the administrator of OurSpace Investments Ltd (“OIL”) whether his plan was feasible. The administrator has blown it out of the water. If Mr Halliwell had bothered to check he could have saved everyone a lot of time.

For those who missed Kevan Halliwell’s conference call it was the same old story. The points Mr Halliwell wanted to get across were:

  1. OurSpace can rise from the ashes. He is the man for the job but he needs $2.5m to buy the shares of OurSpace Investments Ltd;
  2. The assets are under threat and investors could lose everything if they don’t pay him. Investors need to act fast;
  3. The people who do pay him will get 47.4% of the shares in OIL. The people who don’t pay him will share only 2.5% of the shares in OIL. Kevan Halliwell will own 50.1% and will have complete control of OIL.

He did make some interesting statements which were:

  • Kevan Halliwell says he will never be liable to repay investors. This was in response to a question asking if he had any personal liability. We disagree with his view. We believe he is liable to compensate investors;
  • There never was a bond issue despite this claim being made in the promotional material;
  • OVL had signed a contract to invest a further $286m but did not go through with it;
  • OurSpace was “starved of cash from day one” – his words. This is interesting because had investors known this was the case they would not have invested. Indeed, all the promotional material was focused on how well the company was doing from day one;
  • It was “not possible to pay investors from just two sites” – his words. If that was the case why did he keep selling workspaces and debentures without warning potential investors that it would not be possible to pay them from the operational sites ?;
  • Cashflow is very poor and the companies cannot continue trading on an insolvent basis. This would surely suggest that the risk of failure in his proposed new structure is very high, yet Mr Halliwell is asking investors to invest more money.

We thought it would be wise to check some of the comments made by Kevan Halliwell with the administrator of OIL. The administrator confirmed that Mr Halliwell’s new proposal was simply not possible. We therefore question what Mr Halliwell was trying to achieve. Kevan Halliwell made the statement that OVL were intending to invest $286m in OurSpace. It is our view that a company with that kind of money is likely to hold the OurSpace companies, and Kevan Halliwell himself, liable for their loss of $2.75m. We would expect them to be considering legal action against Kevan Halliwell for misrepresentation and obtaining money by deception. That might explain why Mr Halliwell is keen to raise more money from investors. It would be expensive defending himself from that allegation. The reply we received from the administrator of OIL was:

I cannot comment on the proposal that Mr Halliwell has been offering investors, save for the fact that, from the perspective of the administrators, selling the shares in OIL or creating a debt for equity swap in OIL will not work.

I have therefore made clear to Mr Halliwell that any proposal can only be to purchase the entire share capital of the Dubai operating company and any equity split as between investors/stakeholders should therefore either be a division of shares in the Dubai operating company itself or, more likely, in a new holding company incorporated to acquire and hold the entire share capital of the Dubai operating company.

In other words, the entire proposal by Kevan Halliwell is another attempt to encourage investors to send more money to a structure that will not succeed. We wonder why Mr Halliwell isn’t offering shares in the Dubai operating company. Could it be that shareholders in that company are entitled to receive company accounts which would reveal where all their money has gone ?

We would recommend that any investor considering investing in any new scheme proposed by Kevan Halliwell should insist upon seeing the full and detailed accounts of the Dubai operating company. Kevan Halliwell has never explained to investors how $30 million could just disappear.

To view our previous blog post relating to the Ourspace Flop please click HERE

OurSpace Trickery

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This week Kevan Halliwell was up to his usual Ourspace trickery. Yet another dishonest offer to investors designed to enrich himself.

First of all he tells investors that if they send him more money they will be buying an asset that is at a massive discount to the book value. He fails to inform investors that the true value of the asset is actually close to the valuation he has put on the newly restructured company and that there is no genuine massive discount. Even at the low price nobody is stepping forward to buy these assets.

We describe the new organisation as being “his” because Halliwell is offering investors an initial 49.9% and is keeping 50.1% for himself. The reason is so that he retains control of the money and investors do not have a say. He has a history of losing investors’ money and it would be unwise to think that he actually has any business acumen. He likes 5-star hotels and fine dining using other people’s money.

Is it fair that Halliwell has more than 50% of the new company ? NO – IT ISN’T.

The administrator’s report provides interesting reading. It shows the list of creditors of OurSpace Investments Ltd (“OIL”). Remember that Halliwell is claiming that OIL owns the only assets of the entire group. Halliwell is shown as a creditor of the company. In the event of any payout from the sale of the assets Kevan Halliwell is entitled to 2% of the money paid to creditors. Yes, that is correct. His investment level, compared to that of everyone else, only entitles him to 2% of the money from the administration. Yet here he is proposing a restructuring where he would be entitled to the bulk of the money raised by the company if the company were to be liquidated at any point. Halliwell would be entitled to 80% of the money. In our opinion it is certainly possible that this restructured company could suddenly liquidate very quickly if this mysterious partner will not negotiate with Halliwell. Even if the mystery partner did co-operate, these two workspace sites could easily cease trading because they are in a precarious position. Then Halliwell would get 80% of the money.

If you check the latest proposal on page 8 where he gives the two scenarios – Example A and Example B – you will see that in both cases Kevan Halliwell would get 80% of the value in liquidation and OVL would get 20%. The investors who he is expecting to pay a minimum of $2.5m actually receive ZERO from a liquidation.

There is such a thing as a high risk investment. On the basis of what is being proposed by Halliwell and his history of failure we would put the level of risk on this investment as being way beyond the top end of the scale.

The important difference between the existing structure and this new one is that in this restructuring investors would no longer be owed a debt by the company. They would be shareholders. This means that all investors added together in the new structure would be entitled to nothing if the new structure resulted in a liquidation whilst Halliwell would be entitled to 80%. It’s another one of Halliwell’s neat little restructuring tricks designed to benefit himself.

Is what Halliwell saying actually true ? Is there a party who can take the assets of Ourspace Investments Ltd ? On page 6 of the administrator’s report we find this statement below.

Secured creditors: There are no creditors with security over the company’s assets.

So, it appears that the administrator disagrees with Halliwell’s assessment. I think what all investors would like to know is what is the name of this mysterious party which supposedly threatens the assets ? Halliwell describes it as OVL i.e Ourspace Ventures Ltd incorporated in the Cayman Islands, but WHO actually controls that company ? Halliwell knows because he has been dealing with them. He invited them in and it would have been him who gave them security. Why won’t he tell investors ?

Who are these bondholders who are interested in underwriting the $2.5m ? Investors need to be very careful and should take legal advice before they change their circumstances. Exchanging a debt position for an equity position is generally a bad step for any creditor unless they have absolute trust in the management.

Now here’s another interesting outcome that investors should be aware of. This mysterious partner who allegedly threatens the assets is owed, according to Halliwell, $2.75m. All the other investors are owed around $27.5m. This is quite tidy because it shows that OVL’s investment is 10% of the total of $30m. So, what would be the position AFTER the restructuring if Halliwell’s proposal goes ahead. Unbelievably this greedy CEO proposes to cut the investors’ shares by half and give half of their shares to OVL. What happens to Halliwell’s 50.1% – NOTHING. He keeps all of his shares. Investors receive 49.9% at the start but end up with a lot lower percentage at the end with OVL being given a large chunk of their share. Kevan Halliwell is a master of manipulation.

The reality is that Halliwell transferred investors out of workspace leases and into debentures with Malta companies so that he could remove investors’ security over the leases in Marbella and Dubai. He then gave that security to the mysterious partner. He tricked investors into accepting a weaker position by lying to them that they would be better off. We do not trust this man.

Due to the dishonesty of this latest proposal Safe Or Scam and our existing Ourspace investor group will be making an alternative offer to the administrator. It will be far more generous to investors and will involve the total removal of Kevan Halliwell from any position of influence and control over the assets. It will also mean that investors will not have to give up their rights to prosecute Kevan Halliwell and his accomplices to recover their losses. We are still pursuing those people. Anyone who accepts Halliwell’s latest offer is signing away their right to compensation and falling for the Ourspace trickery.

If you are concerned that you may not receive details of our counter-proposal please drop us a line and we will ensure that you are included in the mailing.

To view our previous blog post on Ourspace please click HERE

OurSpace CEO Update

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On 11th April 2019 Kevan Halliwell sent out an Ourspace CEO Update email. He is handing the hat around once again to the poor investors who have invested $30m into his companies. He has turned that $30m into $4m in the space of little over two years through his workspace ponzi scheme. This time he is claiming that unless they give him another $2.5m everyone will be left with nothing. Given Mr Halliwell’s propensity to restructure investments which result in a far worse situation for investors we would urge extreme caution before committing any more money to his ventures. Investors should demand that he provides a legal opinion from a reputable firm to confirm that what he says is true. He is a proven liar seeking only to protect himself from prosecution.

Halliwell’s offer is that investors will own just less than 50% of a new company for the investment sum of $2.5m. Yet again, Halliwell will control the company. That investment would value the new company at $5m. He says “The equity investment is coming to you at a massive discount to the book value of the company assets…..That is simply Kevan Halliwell trying to trick investors. “Book value” does not mean true value. It means that this is a false figure made up by Ourspace to make it look like they have assets worth a lot of money. The administrators who are handling the administration of OurSpace Investments Ltd have said that Ourspace has a book value for the two leases of $25m. That sounds really great, but the administrators have also said that they expect to be able to sell those leases for only $4m. The leases are worth $21m less than the book value claimed by Ourspace. This latest email from Kevan Halliwell is carefully worded to avoid any mention of the true value of the leases.

Does anyone actually trust the word of Kevan Halliwell. He is facing court action in the UK and in Dubai. Another one of his companies, Ourspace (Leeds GS) Ltd, was recently forced into liquidation by its creditors. They are facing losses of around $1m and there are no assets whatsoever to show for that money. This is in addition to the $30m lost in the other sites.

We would expect the bulk of the $2.5m he intends to raise to be used to defend himself from legal actions. Before he raises any more money he should explain to investors how he has blown more than $30m of their money with only two leases valued at $4m to show for it.

OurSpace Website

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The website we established for investors in the collapsed OurSpace workspaces investment is under maintenance and will be back online soon.

This is just to let investors know that OurSpace is still under investigation by Safe Or Scam and we will be continuing our efforts to recover the investments of our investor group.

We are told that the administrator has a number of corporate creditors of OIL but only one individual person. That individual is Kevan Halliwell. None of the individual investors who bought workspaces or dentures or limited partnerships are being recognised as having any rights over the two OurSpace sites in Dubai and Marbella. In our opinion that is an entirely false and scandalous position.

Sadly, we believe this case will drag on for quite a while. Halliwell and his associates will want a quick resolution so that dodgy dealings can be swept under the carpet and they can get away without any charges being levied against them, but we are not going to let that happen. Our investor group is determined to get their money back and we will oppose any effort to dispose of assets that belong to investors and not to OurSpace Investments Ltd or the host of OurSpace subsidiaries.

Busy Start

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The new year is only nine days old and our investigations into dodgy investments are back into full flow.

A low-cost legal action which was started in December against Clear View Marketing Services Ltd / European Property Coin took another step forward this week. We will be able to update investors on that at the end of the month.

The same is true of our action against a company involved in the huge StratXMarkets binary options scam. Lawyers representing the defendants in the claim appeared for the first time today. We think they will struggle to convince a court of their client’s innocence. Our client invested several hundred thousand pounds and they have failed to adequately respond to his claim or to explain their involvement. We think that as a result of our investigations this could easily end up with criminal charges being raised against the perpetrators.

Another conference call is arranged with a UK solicitor representing property owners in the Prosperity site at Bentley Court and Parkwood Court in Keighley. The call will be on 10th January where the solicitor will give an overview of his experience and an outline of the case against the opponents.

We have finally put a proposal to investors in the Essex and London Properties scam. It has taken a long time because of a Police investigation and the involvement of the Official Receiver but both a barrister and a UK solicitor believe there is a viable case against some of the parties involved. Conference calls with the solicitor are being set up so that investors can ask any questions they wish to raise.

The OurSpace Workspaces Ponzi Scheme investigation is going well. The administrator appointed by Kevan Halliwell / OurSpace Investments Ltd (Malta company) remains reluctant to answer straightforward and direct questions. We have had no answers to three emails, the earliest one was sent on 11th December 2018. In our opinion they are administrating a company that does not own the assets which Halliwell claims it does. Halliwell and Douglass tried to stitch up investors by removing the assets from investor control but they messed it up. This one will run for a long time. We asked the administration firm to advise us of their first contact with Kevan Halliwell and OurSpace. We asked if it was in 2017 when the asset transfer was being considered. They have not yet replied.

The Final Letter Before Action was issued to Simon Whittley of St Helier Capital Management Ltd, Win River Developments Ltd, Hawksbill Property Holdings PLC and others. There’s a lot of scams linked to one person. This one is another case in which the defendant has no viable defence. We are looking forward to investors having their day in court with this one. Even his long-term accomplice Simon Paler has been distancing himself from the companies in recent months.

Finally, we have held discussions with professional firms and investors over the action which can be taken against the oil investments run by three men – Martin Finch, Glenn Jamie King and David Alexander Hyman. The oil investment companies are Osage 1 Ltd, Phenco Ltd, Sooner-Energy SPV-1 Ltd, Kansas MB Project Ltd and Kansas B2 Project Ltd. Our investigations are continuing but we believe there is light at the end of the tunnel for investors.

We have probably missed a few off but it has been a very busy start. Our aim is to help ordinary investors recover some of their money from scammers and we are having some success.

OurSpace Investors – Update

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Safe Or Scam is working with a group of OurSpace investors to recover their investments in the OurSpace workspaces investment. The OurSpace project has collapsed. This was inevitable as it was a clone of the disgraced workspace investment operated by Bar Works Inc in the USA. That scheme has been adjudged to be a Ponzi Scheme by a US court and the architect of the scheme has been arrested by the FBI and is facing charges carrying a maximum prison term of 40 years. A number of the people involved with OurSpace were also involved with Bar Works Inc.

Efforts were made to place the assets of OurSpace beyond the reach of ordinary investors by transferring them to a new Malta company called OurSpace Investments Ltd. It is questionable whether that effort was lawful for a number of reasons, not least the fact that the director Kevan Halliwell misled investors. A challenge to OIL ownership of the assets can be expected.

Shortly after the attempt, OurSpace Investments Ltd ceased all payments and has now been placed into administration. SOS has written to the administrator seeking clarification on a number of points. Further information is available on an investors’ website via this link

To view the previous blog comment on OurSpace workspaces click here.

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