Posts tagged Enforcement
A Change is Gonna Come: ASIC in action

Smarter Compliance. ASIC’s report 615 “ASIC Enforcement Update July to December 2018” provides a snapshot of the prosecutions, bannings and investigations they undertook. It’s an impressive list but is, in our view, a low water-mark for 2019 activity. With increased funding, a bigger and better toolkit and a renewed willingness to act, ASIC seem to be better positioned to effectively, efficiently and consistently regulate the financial advice industry. Expect a king-tide of regulatory activity in 2019.

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The writing’s on the wall: ASIC enforcement and focus

With the first half of the year now behind us, ASIC have recently released REP 585 (ASIC enforcement outcomes: January to June 2018). It highlights their activity in early 2018 (focusing on some notable successes) and looks forward to hint at what we can expect from them in the next six months. This article focuses on the report, ASIC’s plans for the remainder of 2018 and what they mean for Licensees and advisers.

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What was and what will be: Let's talk some more about compliance

We previously wrote about ASIC's 2018 enforcement activity, and with the publication of ASIC's second-half report, we thought it would be a great opportunity to take stock of what else occurred last year. Depending on your perspective, you may find it alarming, depressing or thrilling; in any event, it will to help you assess whether you are, or are likely to, meet their expectations.  In summary, ASIC will continue their focus on ‘gatekeepers’ to ensure that they are conducting themselves in a manner consistent with the law, professional standards and community expectations. In the Shadow of the Royal Commission, ASIC have reiterated that they will continue to take action against any who do not meet these standards. This article will explore their successes and their intentions for 2018.

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Trust, Culture and Enforcement

On 12 September 2017, ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft presented at the Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event and articulated his view that ASIC is primarily an enforcement body responsible for promoting investor trust and confidence in financial services. With reference to the ongoing actions involving Commonwealth Bank, NAB and a range of smaller licensees, the Chairman discussed ASIC's priorities and addressed a variety of topics including trust, reputation and culture. This article explores the reasons, consequences and implications of those views. 

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