New Zealand removes 215 firms & individuals from FSP register in February 2016

The latest Deregistration notice on New Zealand’s Financial Service Providers Register (FSPR) website, published today, shows that 215 firms and individuals lost their place on the register in February 2016.

The number of deregistered entities is way higher than in December last year, when there were 90 removals from the register. The count is well higher than in January 2016 when 136 firms and individuals bid goodbye to their FSP registrations.

Regarding the rationale for the removal of these businesses and individuals from the FSP register, let’s note that they were all struck off in accordance with section 18(1) of the Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act 2008, which says:

Deregistration of financial service provider

(1) The Registrar must deregister a financial service provider after a notice period in accordance with sections 19 and 20, if the Registrar is satisfied that the provider—

(a) is no longer qualified to be registered in accordance with section 13; or

(aa) has failed to notify the Registrar of the name, business address, and membership number, as required by section 16(1)(ab); or

(b) is not in the business of providing a financial service (at any time after the expiry of 3 months after registration); or

(c) has been registered because of a false or misleading representation or omission; or

(d) has proffered an application fee or annual confirmation fee or levy that has subsequently been dishonoured, declined, or reversed.”

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