ASIC bans company director over dodgy SMSF advice

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The Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) has banned the head of a Wollongong based property advice firm from providing financial services for four years.
The regulator today announced that it has banned Park Trent Properties Group Pty Ltd chief executive officer and director Ronald Malcolm Cross from providing financial services after an investigation into Park Trent’s operations.
In November 2014, ASIC launched legal proceedings against Park Trent over advice the company had given to clients encouraging them to establish self-managed super funds (SMSF).
The trial of Park Trent in the Supreme Court of NSW began in June 2015, by which time Park Trent had advised over 860 members of the public to establish and switch funds into an SMSF.
On 27 November 2015, the Supreme Court found that Park Trent had unlawfully carried on an unlicensed financial services business for over five years by advising clients to purchase investment properties through a self-managed super fund (SMSF).
The Court also permanently restrained Park Trent from providing unlicensed financial product advice to clients regarding SMSF.
ASIC levied its ban on Cross following those rulings, claiming that as the key decision maker of Park Trent he was knowingly involved in Park Trent's contraventions, making all of its major strategic and business decisions and intended to influence clients to purchase properties through SMSFs.
ASIC also claims Cross was willing to ignore legal advice and warnings about Park Trent's practices, which demonstrates 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.
Cross has the right to appeal the ASIC decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Park Trent is currently appealing the Supreme Court ruling from 27 November 2015 in the NSW Court of Appeal.

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  • MG says on 28/07/2016 10:37:03 PM

    Parktrent provides the worst advise for incestors and they have the worst property managers in melbourne area.

  • Tony Fernandez says on 03/09/2016 03:51:02 PM

    This company lost around 10 property managers between Feb 2016 & March 2016. The irony is, the loss of staff occurred due to another court ruling - non-inclusion of a critical piece of information on the agreement between parktrent & ubertas.

    Parktrent most of its rent rolls to other agencies. The city rent roll went to ubertas - ubertas property management.

    How ironic, that these company that sued parktrent, received their most prized rent roll.

  • Toby Autre says on 01/03/2017 03:59:30 AM

    These guys were locked out of their melbourne office for not paying rent. This happened last year.

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