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Monday, 19 May 2014

Two 'white knight' companies closed in public interest

Good news that the Insolvency Service has closed down two white knight companies: Capital Bordeaux Investments Ltd (founded 24th April 2012 with 24-year-old Scott Andrews as sole director) and Capital Bordeaux Investment Corporate Ltd (founded 2nd October 2012 with 24-year-old Aaron James Ali as sole director)  

Details of the case from the Insolvency Service:
'Capital Bordeaux Investments Limited and Capital Bordeaux Investment Corporate Limited, two London-based companies that claimed they could help victims of previous wine investment scams, were wound up in the High Court following an investigation by the Insolvency Service on 14 May 2014. 

Capital Bordeaux Investments Limited targeted victims of previous wine investment companies and falsely represented that it could assist them in recovering their losses. Instead, the company solicited further investment from these victims on the basis of false and misleading information. Investors were told that the company would be able to recover and sell their previous wine investments - even if these were made through a company which had gone into liquidation - but the investor was required to buy more wine through Capital Bordeaux Investments Limited.

Capital Bordeaux Investment Corporate Limited facilitated the operation of this business by allowing its bank account to be used to receive the investment monies. Its bank account shows receipts of £243,980.

The investigation found no evidence to show that any wine was bought by either Capital Bordeaux Investments Limited or Capital Bordeaux Investment Corporate Limited; or to show that either company made any attempts to, or had any ability to, recover previous losses suffered by investors.

Commenting on the case, Colin Cronin, an Investigation Supervisor with the Insolvency Service, said, 
“These companies cynically targeted people who had already lost money in other wine investment scams and exploited their desire to try and recover some of their original investment. The companies were incapable of recovering such losses. Significantly, none of the funds received from investors were used to buy wine and were instead used for the benefit of those in control of the companies.

I would urge victims of wine investment scams to exercise great caution if approached by companies which purport to be able to assist in recovering their past losses.” 

Please heed the warning from Colin Cronin! It is all too common for victims of one scam to be contacted by another scam outfit posing as a White Knight able to help out. In reality the object is to inflict further financial pain and damage on an investor, who has already been scammed.

See also earlier post on these two companies. 

Capital Bodeaux Wine Investments Ltd website falsely claimed that 'By choosing Capital Bordeaux Investments you are choosing one of the world's most experienced specialist investment companies'.

A cheap and nasty website

Message from Grant Thornton:
Should you want advice on your options please contact Samantha Street, a manager at Grant Thornton, at or on 0207 728 2651.'

NB: investdrinks is prepared to post similar notices from other insolvency practitioners. 



  1. What about white knight Asset recovery services and Asset Recovery Solutions run by land sales Manager from ELP sales manager Alexander Goodrich who is charging and gets no where

  2. 46-year-old Alexander Goodrich is the sole director of Asset Recovery Associates and Asset Recovery Resources Ltd. Goodrich was previously a director of the now dissolved Strategic Wine Acquisitions Ltd

    Anon – the two companies you mention are not linked: a company called Asset Recovery Solutions was based in Northern Ireland and is now dissolved as is Asset Recovery Services which was based in Porthcawl.

  3. Alexander Goodrich is Asset Recovery Associate and as you can see Asset Recovery Resources both companies looking to be struck off ...... White knight or an elephant in the room .........


    Name & Registered Office:
    WC1N 3AX
    Company No. 07690562

    Status: Active
    Date of Incorporation: 04/07/2011

    Country of Origin: United Kingdom
    Company Type: Private Limited Company
    Nature of Business (SIC):
    82911 - Activities of collection agencies
    Accounting Reference Date: 31/07
    Last Accounts Made Up To: 31/07/2012 (TOTAL EXEMPTION SMALL)
    Next Accounts Due: 30/04/2014 OVERDUE
    Last Return Made Up To: 04/07/2013
    Next Return Due: 01/08/2014

    Has overdue accounts looks like he wants it to be struck off

    Name & Registered Office:
    WC1N 3AX
    Company No. 08341454

    Status: Active - Proposal to Strike off
    Date of Incorporation: 27/12/2012

    Country of Origin: United Kingdom
    Company Type: Private Limited Company
    Nature of Business (SIC):
    None Supplied
    Accounting Reference Date: 31/12
    Last Accounts Made Up To: (NO ACCOUNTS FILED)
    Next Accounts Due: 27/09/2014
    Last Return Made Up To:
    Next Return Due: 24/01/2014 OVERDUE