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Banned UK boss resurfaces in Dubai

EXCLUSIVE: London-based real estate director, who is banned for four years, runs company in Dubai.

A UK real estate company boss who was banned as a director after his firm collapsed leaving a trail of debt, has resurfaced in Dubai.

Balinder Chohan was founder and owner of London-based UK Land Investments Limited (UKLI) until it went into administration in April.

Chohan was disqualified in April 2008 for four years for his “unfitness to act as company director”, according to Companies House records.

Now he runs a Dubai-registered company called UK Capital Investments Group (UKCIG), with offices on Al Wasl Road.

Investors in the UK bought small plots of farmland from UKLI in the expectation that it would attain planning permission for housing and increase in value as a result.

Chohan refused to comment when contacted on his mobile phone yesterday before hanging up.

Before it slipped into administration, UKLI records indicate that approximately 5000 plots of land were sold to investors, spread over several locations.

On its website, UKCIG lists itself as an affiliate of UKLI and says that it has “a substantial land bank under management in the wealthy south east of the UK”.

The website says: “The land has been identified by personnel with in-depth planning expertise as having a strong probability of being rezoned from agricultural to developmental use… The UK’s tight planning controls result in a substantial uplift in value when land achieves allocation.”

London-based administrator Deloitte is currently trying to locate funds loaned by the collapsed UKLI.

“We are at the very early stages of the administration process, so we don’t know how much we will be able to recover,” Francis Paget at Deloitte told Arabian Business on Monday.

“As long as investors have registered their land, they have a choice – either hold on to the land, or sell it to us and we will give them a dividend for it,” he continued. “We have no idea what the dividend is yet, and it will depend on how many of the investors take this option.”

paresh 11 years ago

Obviously this chap feels he is under less scrutiny over here in Dubai because the laws regarding investment are not watertight, though the processes are in place.

Kieran 11 years ago

I heard the Expose of this guy on the radio in UK the other day which ended with the news that he had resurfaced in Dubai and I am very glad to see that you picked up on it also. Dubai appears to already have enough shady deals and marketing hyperbole not backed by facts without adding another experienced scammer to the pot.

Ashley 11 years ago

It is a wonder how this guy is allowed to trade with the kind of trail he left behind.

Samer Costantini 11 years ago

Now that’s what I call investigative reporting

Me 11 years ago

I have purchased a unit in the marina star my self, I am not sure if this topic is related to my apartment which is currently undergoing construction but I have emailed the people representing the company and am awaiting a reply, good to hear that this guy is exposed.