After a policyholder raised concerns over the sale of AMP Life the FMA has stated that it would like to obtain the power to oversee mergers and acquisitions relating to banking, insurance and non-bank lenders. The proposed expansion of regulatory power would give the FMA power to require a conduct assessment be completed before purchase.
"The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) wants to be given the power to block mergers and acquisitions that affect banking, insurance and non-bank deposit takers’ products.
The regulator wants to be able to require a prospective new owner of a financial institution, or a particular loan or insurance book for example, to undergo a conduct assessment first.
It says it would exercise this power as the overseer of a conduct regime to be introduced once the Financial Markets (Conduct of Institutions) Amendment Bill is passed."
The FMA has presented their idea to MBIE and has suggested that additional clauses be added to CoFI to permit the FMA to oversee future mergers and acquisitions.
"The FMA argues that in the same way the Reserve Bank (RBNZ) needs to ensure a financial institution meets its prudential requirements before it becomes licenced, so has to give its approval for a merger/acquisition to proceed, the FMA should be given similar powers when it comes to conduct.
It has discussed the matter with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, and suggests clauses be added to the Financial Markets (Conduct of Institutions) Amendment Bill, which is currently before the Finance and Expenditure Committee." Click here to read more
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