Post: AAT varies ASIC ban of former Spectrum Wealth director Mark Schroeder

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal) has amended ASIC’s decision to ban Mr Mark Schroeder from providing financial services (20:029MR). 

In February 2020, ASIC banned Mr Schroeder, from providing financial services for six years for his role in numerous compliance failures by Spectrum Wealth Advisers Pty Ltd (Spectrum). Mr Schroeder was a director, chief executive officer, responsible manager and a key person for Spectrum.

Mr Schroeder appealed ASIC’s decision to the Tribunal.

The Tribunal found that Mr Schroeder was not a fit and proper person to provide financial services, was involved in contraventions of financial services laws by Spectrum, was not adequately trained or competent to manage the provision of financial services and may be involved in the contravention of financial services laws in the future.

In its decision, the Tribunal found that evidence of Spectrum’s failure to monitor and supervise its representatives was indicative of a culture that promoted growth over compliance, and that Mr Schroeder contributed to that culture by occupying senior roles in which he did not perform as was required.

ASIC’s decision was broadened by the Tribunal to ban Mr Schroeder from providing any financial services and performing any function involved in the carrying on of a financial services business, as well as controlling an entity that carries on a financial services business for a period of six years.

ASIC Commissioner Danielle Press, said ‘the decision is a clear reminder to officeholders that they cannot disclaim responsibility for their regulatory obligations and must faithfully, competently, fearlessly and diligently discharge their roles.’

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