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The Financial Markets Conduct (Australian Licensees) Exemption Notice 2020 issued by the FMA allows Australian licence holders and representatives to operate in New Zealand. Although MinterEllisonRuddWatts special counsel Alistair Robertson says there is nothing to worry about, some advisers have expressed their concerns about allowing Australian advisers to enter the market at this time. Robertson has clarified the terms of the exemption saying that Australian advisers that choose to move to New Zealand will be able to continue servicing Australian clients.. The exemption doesn’t allow Australian advisers to service New Zealand clients. Australian advisers looking to achieve the exemption will need to:

  • “Hold a current Australian financial services licence, be in the business of providing a financial service in Australia, and not have a New Zealand place of business.
  • Be registered as a financial service provider in New Zealand, and be a member of a dispute resolution scheme.
  • Take all reasonable steps to ensure its representatives submit to the New Zealand courts in respect of the relevant financial services.
  • Give the FMA written notice that it intends to rely on the Exemption Notice.
  • Have procedures that give reasonable assurance that the licensee and its representatives comply with relevant Australian regulatory requirements when giving regulated financial advice to a New Zealand retail client under the Exemption Notice.”

“The FMA released an updated exemption that allows Australian financial service licence holders and their representatives will be free to operate in New Zealand without a local licence, following the rubber stamping of the Financial Markets Conduct (Australian Licensees) Exemption Notice 2020.

The move, which came at around the same time that politicians were scrambling to finalise a trans-Tasman travel bubble, was the finalisation of a proposal first put forward to the industry in August 2020.

Some advisers may be worried that allowing Australian advisers into the New Zealand market at such a tumultuous time of regulation change could cause trouble.

Alistair Robertson, special counsel at MinterEllisonRuddWatts says that New Zealand advisers have nothing to be worried about.

“The exemption is limited in scope. It does not allow Australian financial advisers to solicit New Zealand retail clients. It generally allows Australian advisers to continue to service Australian clients if they, the adviser, move to New Zealand without having disruption to those clients and without complying with the New Zealand licensing regime.” Click here to read more

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