ASIC cracks down on Queensland finance firm

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A Queensland-based financial services firm has had extra conditions imposed on its Australian Financial Services licence by ASIC.

The conditions were imposed on Advamode Financial after an ASIC surveillance identified concerns regarding honest and efficient conduct and conflict of interest.

“Licensees must have systems in place to manage conflicts of interest, and have the resources to provide efficient, honest and fair financial services. This goes to the heart of maintaining consumer and investor trust and confidence in the financial services industry,” ASIC deputy chair, Peter Kell said.

“The imposing of licence conditions on Advamode shows ASIC won't hesitate to act to ensure standards are maintained across the industry.”

Advamode has consented to the imposition of the AFS licence conditions, which will see a compliance expert review its business, including all policies and processes relevant to each of ASIC's concern. 

The regulator has said Advamode will be required to implement any remedial actions recommended by the compliance expert.