Topic Unauthorised business Smart Choice Zone L.P. (Platform: Toroption): BaFin orders the cessation of cross-border proprietary trading

Date: 04.12.2018

In a notice dated 23 November 2018, BaFin ordered Smart Choice Zone L.P., United Kingdom, to cease cross-border proprietary trading immediately.

On its trading platform,, Smart Choice Zone L.P. offers options and contracts for difference (CFD`s) on currencies and commodities. In facilitating customers’ access to the options and contracts for difference (CFD`s) offered, the company is conducting proprietary trading within the meaning of section 1 (1a) sentence 2 no. 4 (c) of the German Banking Act (Kreditwesengesetz – KWG) as a service for others in the Federal Republic of Germany. However, it does not hold the authorisation required under section 32 (1) of the KWG.

This notice is immediately enforceable by law.

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