ASIC has cancelled the Australian financial services (AFS) licence of Evermore Money Management Pty Ltd (Evermore) for failing to comply with several key obligations as an AFS licensee.
The cancellation is effective from 4 December 2018.
Evermore’s licence was cancelled after ASIC undertook a surveillance and found that a representative of Evermore had advised clients to set up a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) and invest their superannuation in Evermore.
ASIC found that Evermore failed to adequately monitor and supervise its representatives and manage conflicts of interest.
Furthermore, ASIC found that Evermore:
- failed to do all things necessary to ensure that the financial services covered by their licence were provided efficiently, honestly and fairly;
- did not have in place up to date policies and procedures to ensure representatives understood their obligations to act in clients’ best interests;
- did not lodge annual financial statements and auditor's reports; and
- did not meet licence conditions requiring them to maintain base-level financial requirements.
Under the terms of cancellation, Evermore is required to wind down its financial services business by 20 December 2018.
The cancellation of Evermore’s AFS licence is part of ASIC's ongoing efforts to improve standards across the financial services industry.
AFS licensees are responsible for making sure that their authorised representatives are aware of their obligations. This means that licensees must ensure that their policies and procedures are up to date and comply with the law. They must also have robust procedures in place to check that their authorised representatives are complying with those policies.
Evermore Money Management Pty Ltd (Evermore) has held AFS licence 401712 since 3 May 2011.
Under the Corporations Act, ASIC has the power to suspend or cancel an AFS licence, if a licensee does not comply with its general obligations under s912A. Evermore has the right to seek a review of ASIC’s decision at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.