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Real estate boss cops ASIC ban

Real estate boss cops ASIC ban

The corporate regulator has banned the CEO and director of a Wollongong real estate group from providing financial services for four years.

Ronald Cross of ParkTrent Properties Group has been handed down the penalty after the Supreme Court of NSW found the company had unlawfully carried on an unlicensed financial services business for over five years by advising clients to purchase investment properties through their SMSFs.

The court also permanently restrained ParkTrent from providing unlicensed financial product advice to clients regarding SMSFs.

ASIC found that, as the key decision maker of ParkTrent, Mr Cross was knowingly involved in the company’s contraventions, making all of its major strategic and business decisions and intending to influence clients to purchase properties through SMSFs.

The regulator also found that Mr Cross was willing to ignore legal advice and warnings about ParkTrent’s practices, “demonstrating that he is likely to contravene financial services laws”.

“ASIC’s action against Mr Cross shows that we will not hesitate to exclude property spruikers who provide unlicensed financial services from the industry,” ASIC deputy chairman Peter Kell said.

[Related: ASIC bans former ANZ adviser]

Real estate boss cops ASIC ban
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