Financial Supervisory Authority withdraws authorisation of Privanet Securities Ltd
The Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) has withdrawn the investment firm authorisation of Privanet Securities Ltd with immediate effect.
Pursuant to section 26 of the Act of the Financial Supervisory Authority, the FIN-FSA may withdraw the authorisation of a supervised entity if essential statutory conditions under which authorisation was granted no longer exist or the activities of a supervised entity constitute a material breach of the provisions governing financial markets.
The FIN-FSA has decided to withdraw the investment firm authorisation of Privanet Securities Ltd (hereinafter Privanet) after detecting several serious omissions and violations in the activities of Privanet. Privanet did not take adequate corrective measures following the FIN-FSA’s appointment on 11 March 2021 of an authorised representative to supervise the activities of Privanet. In addition, the FIN-FSA made new findings of violations following the appointment of the authorised representative.
The decision to withdraw the authorisation is based on an assessment of the overall situation of Privanet. Based on the overall assessment, the activities of Privanet have not been arranged, pursuant to chapter 7 section 2 subsection 1 of the Act on Investment Services, in a reliable manner, taking into account the nature and scale of its business. The decision is based on the fact that Privanet has not taken sufficient measures to correct the omissions that led to the appointment of the authorised representative. Furthermore, Privanet had also not identified and prevented conflicts of interest materially related to its business when it mediated securities on behalf of its parent company or close associates. When conflicts of interest arose, it did not treat its customers according to good practice and did not provide information on the nature or causes of the conflicts of interest. The FIN-FSA had already addressed similar omissions in previous decisions issued to the Privanet Group. Privanet had not taken into account shortcomings related to the valuation of its parent company’s investment assets in managing risks related to its capital adequacy. In addition, the FIN-FSA detected omissions in Privanet’s administrative procedures.
The FIN-FSA considers that the essential statutory conditions under which authorisation was granted cannot be safeguarded by the appointment of an authorised representative. The withdrawal of Privanet’s authorisation is therefore a proportionate and necessary measure to ensure customer protection and confidence in the financial markets.
The FIN-FSA’s decision does not require any actions by Privanet’s customers. Privanet must return the customer assets in its possession and terminate its responsibilities to customers, such as clearing open securities transactions, by 16 July 2021.
The FIN-FSA’s decision is not yet legally binding. Privanet has the right to appeal the decision within 30 days of receipt of notice of said decision. Information on the legal validity of the decision is available on the FIN-FSA website.
Armi Taipale, Head of Department, Capital Markets Supervision.
Requests for interviews are coordinated by FIN-FSA Communications, tel. +358 9 183 5030, weekdays 9.00 - 16.00.
Finanssivalvonta, or the Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA), is the authority for supervision of Finland’s financial and insurance sectors. The entities supervised by the authority include banks, insurance and pension companies as well as other companies operating in the insurance sector, investment firms, fund management companies and the Helsinki Stock Exchange. We foster financial stability and confidence in the financial markets and enhance protection for customers, investors and the insured.
Subscribe to releases from Finanssivalvonta
Subscribe to all the latest releases from Finanssivalvonta by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Latest releases from Finanssivalvonta
Finansinspektionen återkallar Privanet Securities Oy:s verksamhetstillstånd2.7.2021 10:00:00 EEST | Tiedote
Finansinspektionen återkallar verksamhetstillståndet för Privanet Securities Oy:s värdepappersföretag omedelbart.
Finanssivalvonta peruuttaa Privanet Securities Oy:n toimiluvan2.7.2021 10:00:00 EEST | Tiedote
Finanssivalvonta peruuttaa Privanet Securities Oy:n sijoituspalveluyrityksen toimiluvan välittömästi.
Financial Supervisory Authority becomes member of Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS)15.6.2021 10:15:00 EEST | Press release
The Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) has been accepted as a member of the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS). The network develops practices aimed at improving conditions for sustainable financing and identifying the risks to the financial sector from climate change.
Finansinspektionen blir medlem i det globala samarbetsnätverket för centralbanker och tillsynsmyndigheter Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS)15.6.2021 10:15:00 EEST | Tiedote
Finansinspektionen har antagits som medlem i det globala samarbetsnätverket för centralbanker och tillsynsmyndigheter Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS). Nätverket utvecklar tillvägagångssätt för att förbättra förutsättningarna för hållbar finansiering och identifiera de risker som klimatförändringen innebär för finanssektorn.
Finanssivalvonta maailmanlaajuisen keskuspankkien ja valvojien yhteistyöverkoston Network for Greening the Financial Systemin (NGFS) jäseneksi15.6.2021 10:15:00 EEST | Tiedote
Finanssivalvonta on hyväksytty maailmanlaajuisen keskuspankkien ja valvojien yhteistyöverkoston Network for Greening the Financial Systemin (NGFS) jäseneksi. Verkosto kehittää toimintatapoja, joilla parannetaan edellytyksiä kestävään rahoitukseen ja tunnistetaan ilmastonmuutoksen aiheuttamia riskejä finanssisektorille.
Financial sector's capital position as at 31 March 2021: Finnish financial sector's capital position remained good3.6.2021 09:45:00 EEST | Press release
The Finnish financial sector's capital position remained good in the first quarter of 2021. The outlook for the Finnish economy is bolstered by the rapid progress in COVID-19 vaccinations and improvements in business and household confidence. Risks related to the pandemic and economic developments are, nevertheless, still heightened.
In our pressroom you can read all our latest releases, find our press contacts, images, documents and other relevant information about us.Visit our pressroom