ASIC cancels AFS licence of Sydney-based adviser
The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has cancelled the Australian Financial Services (AFS) Licence of Sydney-based Solar Financial Advisory.
The cancellation, effective from 21 November 2018, is a result of ASIC’s surveillance of Solar following concerns about licensee oversight.
ASIC focused on the adequacy of Solar’s policies and procedures, and the quality of advice provided to clients.
It found that Solar had failed to manage conflicts of interest; ensure its representatives complied with financial services laws; properly monitor and supervise its representatives including by failing to conduct audits; and adequately manage its internal dispute resolution process.
As a result of ASIC’s surveillance findings, Solar appointed a liquidator on 30 October 2018. Solar’s sole director at the time was Maria Cheer, who was also its founder and an authorised representative.
The cancellation of Solar’s AFS licence is part of ASIC’s ongoing efforts to improve standards across the financial service industry.