ASIC takes action against unlicensed financial services companies

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) stated that it has acted to stop two Queensland-based financial services companies from selling insurance products and providing financial services without being licensed.

ASIC obtained orders in the Queensland Supreme Court against Sport & Events Promotions Pty Ltd and Prize Promotions Pty Ltd, who were found to be in breach of the Corporations Act 2001 by carrying on a business of dealing in financial products in Australia without holding the required Australian financial services (AFS) licence.

The companies were providing prize coverage insurance without holding an AFS licence.
The court also found that Anna Bennett, the sole director of the companies, aided and abetted the companies in breaching the Corporations Act.

Ms Bennett and the companies admitted to breaching the Corporations Act and the parties filed an Agreed Statement of Facts.

The court made orders requiring Ms Bennett and the companies to stop selling insurance products in breach of the Corporations Act and to stop them from providing financial services in the future without holding an AFS licence or being authorised by an AFS licence holder.

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