FMA issues new infringement notice against crowdfunding platform Equitise
Apr 7, 2022
Thursday, 7 April, 2022 - 15:02
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) - Te Mana TÄtai Hokohoko has issued another infringement notice to Equitise Pty Ltd for failing to file financial statements on time, amid broader concerns about the firm’s ability to meet regulatory reporting deadlines. Equitise was licensed by the FMA as an equity crowdfunding service provider in December 2014 and is required to file audited financial statements by 30 October every year. For the third consecutive year, however, Equitise has failed to file its financial statements within the prescribed timeframe and despite the FMA issuing aninfringement notice last year for the same offence. The FMA’s new infringement notice requires Equitise to pay a $7,500 fee for the offence. The licensed crowdfunding platform has also been late in filing its annual regulatory returns for two consecutive years, annual agreed upon procedures (AUP) reports for three consecutive years, and its annual AML/CFT report for two consecutive years. The FMA has therefore requested that Equitise also develop a compliance plan, which must set out in detail how it will ensure compliance, the applicable timelines and due dates, the person(s) accountable for each step, and how the firm will monitor compliance from now on. If a satisfactory compliance plan is not provided to the FMA, the regulator may consider using formal regulatory tools, such as a direction order. Paul Gregory, FMA Acting Director of Capital Markets, said: "Equitise has repeatedly failed to meet its statutory financial reporting obligations, so we have escalated our response. Financial statements and other regulatory reports are an essential way for the FMA to understand how a firm is performing and meeting the conditions of its licence." "Failure to file statements and reports can indicate wider issues, as with this case, so we decided a compliance action plan was proportionate to Equitise’s pattern of breaches." Equitise filed its 2021 financial statements on 27 January 2022 (i.e. nearly three months late). The company has 28 days to pay the infringement fee or respond to the notice in the prescribed manner. All articles and comments on Voxy.co.nz have been submitted by our community of users. Please notify us if you believe an item on this site breaches our community guidelines .