Devere Group's reply to:

Devere Group - DeVere have lost my wife and I a lot of money and caused us a lot of stress

As part of our high-quality service, deVere Group ensures clients understand all details relating to their investments and also provide regular updates on their performance. In this particular case, our dedicated Client Relations Department is now working with the client to resolve any issues they are having, not only with regards to the fund mentioned above, but their whole portfolio. We take all complaints very seriously, so should you have any further concerns, please feel free to email the team again on clientrelations@devere-group.com as they will be more than happy to assist you accordingly.
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#1097655 Review #1097655 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Reason of review
Bad quality

deVere has lost my wife and I a lot of money and caused us a lot of stress. They convinced us to purchase policies with a large portion of assets under the Strategic Growth Fund.

Need I say more? These assets are now frozen (we were not warned in time to pull out in time like many others were) and if we surrender the policies we will forfeit the frozen funds and be charged a ridiculous "early surrender" fee which we were initially told will only apply if we surrender in the first 7 or 8 years, which have now passed. If that is not all bad enough, we were initially told that there are ongoing fees associate with having the accounts, but not exactly how much. We were lead to believe that these fees were not very high.

Now, after so many years or poor performance (more or less constantly, not just during the financial crisis or other generally accepted poor periods), we have now finally found out from one of deVere's competitors (not from deVere themselves, who we had asked many times but who avoided the question), that we are paying 4.64%/annum, 2.78%/annum and 7.14%/annum for the 3 policies! In the 10 year period that we have been losing money with investment sold to us by deVere, world developed market equities have risen 110%!!!

Devere Group's reply to:

Devere Group - Lost 22,500 Euro to Devere and Generali

DeVere Group provides expert independent financial advice to clients all over the world. Our fully-qualified advisers work closely with clients to help them choose the best investments tailored to their individual needs to help maximise their capital and income.

As part of our high-quality service, we ensure clients understand all details relating to their investments and also provide regular updates on their performance. In this particular case, our dedicated Client Relations Department have already made contact and have provided evidence to show that the product details together with the full and comprehensive details of the terms and conditions were indeed provided. Should you have any further concerns, please feel free to email the team again on clientrelations@devere-group.com as they will be more than happy to assist you accordingly.
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#1050596 Review #1050596 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Product
Generali Worldwide Vision Retirement Plan
Pros
  • First contact was very professional
Cons
  • Product sold was a scam
Reason of review
The product is a scam
Loss
$22500
Preferred solution
Full refund

Devere sold me a Generali Vision plan and made a huge commission. What they didn't tell me was that I was locked in for 25 years with a minimum payment of 1,000 euro per month.

When I tried to cancel after 2-3 years I lost 22,500 euro of the money I had put in (the savings were worth 30,000 euro at the time). I admit that I didn't read the small print but that's not the point.

The issue is that Devere Group provides advise based on maximising their own commission and not based on selling good investment products to the customer. Most index funds will make a lot more money over a 25 year period considering the fees of these funds.

Devere Group's reply to:

Devere Group - Devere & partners / Generali

deVere Group prides itself in providing expert and personalised financial advice to clients around the world.

As one of the world’s leading independent financial services organisations, deVere Group does not directly deal with clients’ money but only provides the best possible financial advice to suit your needs. Therefore, only Generali would receive money directly from a client for their investment.

Having gone through our records, we have been unable to locate your details. However, you are more than welcome to contact our dedicated client relations team and provide them with your Generali policy number for reference so that we may try to resolve your issues.
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#1046013 Review #1046013 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Product
Generali Worldwide Vision Retirement Plan
Cons
  • Being scammed out of 11600 euros
  • Being lied to
Reason of review
Bad quality
Loss
$11600
Preferred solution
Full refund

I was scammed out of several thousands of euros by Devere & Partners, who sold me a so-called Generali Policy. This happened as far back as 2010.

I know that there are literally thousands of people who have fallen prey to this scam. The problem is: a lot of people seem to want to TALK about it; but nobody is interested in actually doing anything about it. I went as far as hiring a lawyer, who was based in London (UK). Mainly because that's where DeVere was when they stole my money!

My lawyer understood my situation, but he advised me that to let it go, because: the legal fees alone would exceed the money which Generali had stolen from me. His advice: find as many people as you can, who were also scammed, and organize ourselves into a group. Then, launch a legal battle. I have been searching for anyone who is interested in taking this matter further.

But, so far, have not found anyone with the balls to get up and fight these animals! As in: launching a legal attack on Generali and somehow getting back the money they stole from us.

!! If anyone is serious about getting together to hire a lawyer, here's my email: darwell.steve@yahoo.com

deVere Group provides expert independent advice to clients all over the world. Together with our high level of service, our fully-qualified financial advisers work closely with clients to help them choose the best investments based on their personal circumstances to...
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#1030577 Review #1030577 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Vevey, Vaud
Devere Group's reply to:

Devere Group - Breaking the law

Our aim at deVere Group is to provide quality financial advice to all our clients, so we take any complaint very seriously. We are sorry to hear you are not happy with your experience, however we can confirm that your matter has been investigated and a response given to you. Should you have any further concerns, please feel free to get in touch with our Legal team directly who will be more than happy to assist.
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#1026963 Review #1026963 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Cons
  • Unclear on fees
Reason of review
Poor customer service
Loss
$150000
Preferred solution
Full refund

I was sold a Generalli Vision product in the UAE in 2011 which includes an insurance element. At this time Deverre (PIC) were not licensed to sell insurance products in the UAE and hence I feel this sale should be null and void under UAE.

I have written to both Deverre and Generalli on this matter but neither has had the courtesy to respond. I just wanted to warn others the extent this company will go to to make commission.

I have consulted with my legal advisors and am told that the company breached both Articles 24 and 26 of Federal Law No 6 of 2007. I would be interested if they would respond on here.

Devere Group's reply to:

Devere Group - Bad QROPS Advice Cost Me $50,000

Our aim at deVere Group is to provide quality financial advice to all our clients, so we take any complaint very seriously. We are sorry to hear you are not happy with your experience therefore encourage you to provide us with your plan details so that our dedicated Client Relations Department can investigate this matter further. Kindly note that they can be reached directly on clientrelations@devere-group.com in order to further assist with your complaint.
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#1025111 Review #1025111 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Reason of review
Misselling
Loss
$50000
Preferred solution
Let the company propose a solution

While working in Germany I was contacted by DeVeere Group who sold me on the benefits of a QROPS in Malta. At the time my country of residence was the USA where I am a green card holder.

The move of my UK company pension to a Malta plan has cost me nearly $50,000 in taxes and fees paid to the USA Inland Revenue Service.

As others have stated, as my account was under 100,000 GBP and I should never have been advised to move the account. What's worse is that now I am back in the USA, DeVeere Germany won't talk to me and DeVeere USA will only talk to me if I pay them more money.

Devere Group's reply to:

Follow up to review #1019544; Devere Group - Poor plan performance, wish I'd never heard of Devere.

Dear Mr. Platts,

We are very sorry to hear this, we can assure you that your queries above have been noted and our dedicated Client Relations Department shall be in contact with you shortly in order to provide you with the information you have requested.

Regards
deVere Group
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#1023487 Review #1023487 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Cons
  • Lack of transparency
  • Lack of disclosure
  • Commission
Reason of review
Lack of transparency, leading to suspicion and lack of confidence

Many thanks for your kind response to my initial review team Devere. Indeed, it would appear that you have been transparent in stating that one of your advisors has been in contact with me, however, I've asked for the same advisor to disclose all interests that Devere have now or previously held with my plan provider, STM Malta so as to rule out any potential conflict of interest, but I suspect that if the Malta Financial Services Authority cannot extract this information out of you guys, I guess I've not no chance....

I've also asked the same advisor to be transparent in sharing the commission Devere have received in connection with my interests, but again, no response. So team Devere, lets see some transparency...

Devere Group's reply to:

Devere Group - Poor plan performance, wish I'd never heard of Devere

deVere Group’s dedicated team of advisers spread across the globe pride themselves in providing the best solution for each client’s needs. The financial adviser who deals with your plan has been made aware of your situation and has contacted you accordingly in the hopes of fully resolving the matter. As one of the world’s leading financial advisory organisations, we recommend products from several of the best institutions across the globe. The products and services we offer are designed to be tax effective whilst also offering the opportunity for long term growth. All the companies we recommend are fully regulated.
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#1019544 Review #1019544 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Cons
  • Unrealistic initial forecast wholly inaccurate
  • High costs
  • Lack of realignment input
Reason of review
Bad investment advice
Loss
$3500
Preferred solution
Better and more transparent advice on investments, performance and fund management fees - the 'vulture' of society

At my recent policy valuation review, I was advised that my small pot plan was performing well, yet on closer inspection my plan is still worth considerably less than first invested and only after my complaining have Devere offered to review performance and look at alternative strategies. If I could turn back the clock, I'd never have listened to these guys.

Don't listen to the Devere bulls$it about market volatility and long term strategy, for small investors such as I, keep your money under your mattress because the only parties that make money from my experience, are everyone but the investor. Thanks for nothing Devere Group

Devere Group's reply to:

Devere Group - USE COLLECTIVE POWER TO STOP DEVERE IN SWITZERLAND

deVere Group provides expert independent advice to clients all over the world, helping them to maximise their capital and income. As one of the world’s leading financial advisory organisations, our dedicated team of advisers spread out across the globe are on hand to find the best solution for each client’s needs. The products and services we offer are designed to be tax effective whilst also offering the opportunity for long term growth. All the companies we recommend are regulated within their own right and any trades undertaken by deVere on behalf of its clients are only done with the client’s understanding and approval. deVere Group is working with the Regulator and Joint Administration Managers in Guernsey to ensure that its affected clients are kept regularly up to date with the Fund’s progress.
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#1007808 Review #1007808 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Cons
  • Scam
Reason of review
Poor customer service
Loss
$200000
Preferred solution
Full refund

I feel like I have been raped by Devere. The advisor William Offen was indeed friendly and had all the right words and illustration and convinced me to change my UK pension into a QROPS pension.

In fact he was nothing more than a confidence trickster. The low risk investment he claimed was needed for access for the annual pension, was in fact a high risk and not only that ,it appears that Nigel Green of Devere had his hand in the investment fund ( insider trading). My pension investment is frozen (im talking in several £100’000 capital)and is in the courts of Guernsey, but it is hard to say how long it will take to release this funds. In the meantime I have lost my annual pension.

Devere claim, that they are regulated by PolyReg in Switzerland, but PolyReg only refer you to Swiss lawyers and they want several thousand up front before they even talk to you.

On top of that I have not found one that actually knows what a QROPS pension is. If you have a similar situation, I feel collectively we could make Devere pay.

Devere Group's reply to:

Devere Group Abu Dhabi- I have lost nearly AED 100,000 as a result of this companies negligence.

deVere Group provides expert independent advice to clients all over the world, helping them to maximise their capital and income. Together with our high level of service, we recommend products from some of the top institutions across the globe, which has allowed us to become one of the world’s leading financial advisory organisations.

We take all complaints very seriously and are sorry to hear you are not happy with your experience of deVere Group. It is of our understanding that a member of our team has already been in contact with you regarding this complaint, where we also provided you with more details on the matter.
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#997023 Review #997023 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Cons
  • Unprofessional and negligent
Reason of review
Poor customer service
Loss
$26086
Preferred solution
Full refund

Cheques given to them to pass on to my Financial account were not paid. The company contacted them and told them that payments were missing from my account and gave 90 days for money to be paid, and Devere failed to inform me of this.

They informed me much later, and as a result my account was surrendered. The company my account was with have told me they contacted Devere several times about my account, and that Devere did not get back to them. Devere's negligence has caused us to lose nearly AED 100,000 of our hard earned money! I have complained, and all they can say is that there is nothing they can do about it.

They do not deny that they failed to do their job as brokers, yet they do not offer any compensation for our loss. This has been a very sad and painful experience!

Devere Group's reply to:

Devere Group - Not Happy at all

deVere Group prides itself on providing a high level of service and strives to uphold good relationships with all of its clients. Our fully-qualified financial advisers work closely with clients to help them choose the best investments based on their personal circumstances to help maximize their wealth. We take all queries very seriously and can confirm that an adviser will be in contact with you shortly to discuss this matter further.
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#980839 Review #980839 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Reason of review
Poor customer service
Loss
$20000
Preferred solution
Full refund

Devere Advisor are the less professional i have ever seen, the subscription i made through this agency end up being a total lost of money. i was promised a 10% growth each year, after 6 year the plan value is lower of 5000USD than my total investment.

when i look at closely, i found out that i never made any profit since i started investing in that plan. if i decide to surrender now, my expectation was to get my money back, at least what is remaining, instead, i will be loosing ~15000USD. those are the kind of things Devere Advisor never tell you when approaching you.

for the last 4 years, none of the adviser never called me to advise when they said they will always be calling me or following up on my investment and advise on options. They are very bad, never even accept being approached by them.

Devere Group's reply to:

Devere Group - Annulled Licence

deVere Group re-structured its European operations some years ago. This included the decision to reduce our presence in a number of countries, and instead, choosing to passport in to all European countries from our hubs.

This strategy has been very successful and we continue to provide excellent service for our clients in Western Europe and across the globe, from our 70 worldwide offices.

As a company, deVere continues to grow at exceptional pace and has recently announced its latest office based in Auckland, New Zealand.
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#971819 Review #971819 is a subjective opinion of poster.

The operation run by this firm in Cyprus was via their office in Belgium. That had its licenced annulled and thus the Cyprus operation closed.

Some of the unqualified staff moved to India, UAE and other unregulated jurisdictions. Others stayed in Cyprus moving into other salesman roles, using the sales tactics learnt during their week long Malta training course. Normal story, high front loaded commissions with the promise of great returns.

Fleece the consumer - who cares about them! After the operation was unlicensed they still brought over the next boat load of cowboys, one of whom was a used car salesman a month before.

Devere Group's reply to:

Devere Group - Bad, Worse, Devere Shanghai

Dear Mr. Guba,

As a company, we consistently strive to reach the high standards expected of us by our clients. Nonetheless, we do understand that issues may arise and we are always very willing to clear up any queries or complaints our clients may have. We believe that your financial adviser is in contact with you, giving you all the updates we are receiving to ensure you are fully informed as soon as we are.

Should you however require any further assistance, please do contact our Clients Relations Department on clientrelations@devere-group.com

Regards
deVere Group
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#963252 Review #963252 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Reason of review
Bad quality
Loss
$1800
Preferred solution
Full refund

First the guys are trying to sell you the products where they can get the highest commission (25 years retirement plan) and not listen to the customer needs. Second, some fonds are frozen and I can't sell them since 5 months already - but I need the money now for finacning my house for the family.

Excuses here and excuses there, bla, bla, bla. No understanding for the mistakes they have done. Postpone the problem again and again - "next month, we will review in December". Bad service, bad communication, bad performance.

Never ever again Devere.......

Thank you for this great service and support it confirms finally what I was expecting in the beginning. Morten Guba, Shanghai

Devere Group's reply to:

Devere Group Investment Program Review

Dear Sir/ Madam,

We would like to apologise for the inconvenience these calls are causing you.

Kindly advise who your email in regards to ceasing any further calls to your office was sent across to in order to ensure this is looked into at the earliest so no further calls are made.

Regards
deVere Group
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#960554 Review #960554 is a subjective opinion of poster.

I have no experience of deVere group products and financial management, only the frustrating experience of being constantly bugged by sales people trying to sell me services despite telling them I'm not interested. They call my office and don't leave the company name, or say it's a private matter from my days of working with them in the U.K.

I have no idea if they can manage finances but my experience of being hounded by dodgy double glazing salesman practices means I will never engage with deVere España.

And if they don't reply to my last email to cease and desist from pestering my office colleagues in Madrid and Barcelona I will be complaining to the regulator here in Spain. A most untrustworthy company just from its sales tactics.

Devere Group's reply to:

Devere Group - DeVere advisor recommended unsuitable product for personal benefit

Dear Mr. Wooller,

As a company we endeavor to ensure that each of our clients receive full and detailed documentation on all aspects of our products before signing the paperwork. We can see that our dedicated Clients Relations Department has already looked into your complaint and a detailed review and analysis was conducted. Clients Relations have assessed your complaint accordingly and we urge you to contact them again should you not be satisfied with the response provided so this can be looked into further.

Regards
deVere Group
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#958922 Review #958922 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Cons
  • Transparency
  • Bad advice
Reason of review
Bad quality
Loss
$25000
Preferred solution
Full refund

In 2013, whilst working abroad, I was verbally (face-to-face) advised by a deVere advisor to invest in a specific product based on my specific requirements, specifically my ability to easily access the money at any time in the future with no/minimal charges.

After paying monthly into the recommended product for nearly 3 years I quit my job and moved back to the UK. It was at this point that it became apparent that the investment product I had invested in was a long term investment fund with a 25-year term, and accessing my funds prior to the end of the term in 2028 would result in massive losses, akin to over 75% of the total value of the fund.

As I am no longer in a position to keep up the monthly payments and in no way verbally agreed to such an inflexible product I can report that I was badly, if not fraudulently, advised by deVere.

According to the deVere group their specific group company that provided the advice is based in Switzerland, which, funnily enough, doesn't have a financial ombudsman like the UK that would take up such complaints. As such I have no other alternative but to employ a solicitor in Switzerland to pursue the matter through the courts.

Given my experience I would advise against using deVere for any financial advice. It's clear their only aim is to benefit personally at the detriment of their clients. Avoid.