Insights Sectors: Financial Services

Apr 6, 2018

INSIGHT: Misleading Advertising in Financial Services

Financial services providers need to take care to ensure that their advertising does not mislead consumers and that any qualification to a headline offer must be adequately disclosed in the advertisement. On 23 March 2018 RAA Insurance Pty Limited (RAA) paid $43,200 in penalties after ASIC issued four infringement notices to it for misleading representations […]

Dec 18, 2017

INSIGHT: Release of Insurance in Superannuation Voluntary Code of Practice

On 18 December 2017, the Insurance in Superannuation Working Group (ISWG) released the “Insurance in Superannuation Voluntary Code of Practice” (the Code) for superannuation trustees.  The ISWG is comprised of Australia’s superannuation bodies, the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and the Financial Services Council (FSC).  The […]

Nov 30, 2017

INSIGHT: APRA reviewing Life Insurer’s Reinsurance Arrangements

APRA has informed life insurers that it is reviewing the requirements of prudential standard LPS 230 Reinsurance (LPS 230) as they relate to financial reinsurance. APRA has invited feedback from life insurers and other interested parties on its proposal to align the approach taken to financial reinsurance in life insurance industry to the approach taken […]

Nov 30, 2017

INSIGHT: PI Cover for AFS Licensees – Check your cover as not all PI policies have the same cover

Recent amendments to Regulatory Guide 126 highlight that financial service providers should regularly review their PI cover to ensure compliance with their regulatory and AFS Licence requirements. In or about August this year, ASIC release findings following a review of professional indemnity (PI) insurance policies held by a sample of 56 small AFS licensees to […]

Nov 30, 2017

INSIGHT: FOS in the Derivatives Sector – Assessment For Opening A Client Trading Account

The Financial Ombudsman Service Australia (FOS) has released its Annual Review for 2016-17 which identifies emerging trends in consumer disputes in the financial services sector. FOS identifies that it has experienced a 14% increase in the total number of disputes involving securities and derivatives in the past year. For our derivative clients who operate in […]

Nov 30, 2017

INSIGHT: Standard Contract Terms and Conditions for Derivatives Trading and Broker Rights

In derivatives trading disputes a financial services provider may seek to rely on the terms and conditions of the client agreement and trading practices to close out positions. The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has indicated that in resolving disputes concerning a broker’s authority to ‘close out’ or manage a margin, that it will not only […]

Nov 30, 2017

INSIGHT: New Legislation Introduces Ban on Excessive Payment Surcharges

On 1 September 2017, a ban was imposed on the practice of charging customers excessive surcharges on card payments pursuant to Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Act 2016. It will affect all businesses operating in Australia or businesses utilising an Australian bank when charging customers payment surcharges for using a credit card or debit card for payment including EFTPOS, […]

Nov 30, 2017

INSIGHT: Expanded Protection for Whistleblowers in Corporate, Financial and Credit Sectors including Tax Misconduct

On 23 October 2017, the Commonwealth Government released an exposure draft of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Whistleblowers) Bill 2017 which contains significant reforms to Australia’s private sector whistleblower laws. The new regime will offer protection to whistleblowers in the corporate, financial and credit sectors and will introduce new protections for tax whistleblowers. The proposed legislation […]

Oct 5, 2017

INSIGHT: Wright and Wrong

The Federal Court in Victoria recently considered an appeal by ASIC against a decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) which arose out of a rather bizarre set of circumstances.  In the AAT proceedings, ASIC sought a banning order pursuant to Section 920A(1) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act) in respect of a […]

Oct 5, 2017

INSIGHT: On the regulatory radar – copy trading, forex signal trading and binary options trading

Meridian Lawyers has had a number of inquiries in relation to copy, mirror or shadow trading, forex signal trading and binary options trading and its regulation. Copy trading allows an investor to directly copy the positions taken by another trader and connect a part of their portfolio to the client/investor and thus to copy all […]

Oct 5, 2017

INSIGHT: Crowd-sourced funding for start-ups and SMEs – offering shares to retail investors

From 29 September 2017, public companies may offer ordinary shares to retail investors under the equity-based crowd-sourced funding regime through a licensed CSF intermediary’s platform. The CSF amendment will allow small to medium-sized businesses and start-ups to raise capital by issuing shares to retail investors without the regulatory burden of traditional fundraising provided that the […]

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