The ASIC Podcast
Episode 55: ASIC enforcement outcomes, January to June 2019

Episode 55: ASIC enforcement outcomes, January to June 2019

August 18, 2019

18 August 2019

In this episode with ASIC Deputy Chair Daniel Crennan QC, we explore ASIC’s Enforcement Update (January to June 2019), ASIC’s Office of Enforcement and work to strengthen ASIC’s enforcement effectiveness by accelerating court-based enforcement matters.

Episode 54: The future of financial services

Episode 54: The future of financial services

July 31, 2019

In this episode with the Chair and CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission, Maureen Jensen and ASIC Executive Director (Markets) Greg Yanco explore digitisation, changing consumer expectations, disruptive business models, innovation and the future of financial services.

Episode 53: Creating Shared Value

Episode 53: Creating Shared Value

July 25, 2019

In this episode with Peter Yates, Chairman of the Shared Value Project and Deputy Chairman of AIA Australia, ASIC’s Laura Higgins (Senior Executive Leader, Financial Capability) explores how the concept of shared value challenges companies to realign the interest of business and society by redefining their purpose so that generating economic value also produces value for society.

Episode 52: The regulatory toolkit

Episode 52: The regulatory toolkit

July 11, 2019

In this episode with the Assistant Managing Director (Capital Markets) of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Lee Boon Ngiap, we explore how regulators deploy their tools to detect, combat and deter misconduct in the financial system.

Episode 51: ASIC’s case against former financial adviser James Gibbs

Episode 51: ASIC’s case against former financial adviser James Gibbs

July 10, 2019

On 10 July 2019, ASIC’s case against James Gibbs came to a close and he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of seven years to serve.

James Gibbs stole $4.88 million from his clients when he was acting as their financial adviser. His clients trusted him with their savings, with their money to be used for their retirements, and he devastatingly broke that trust by using that money for his own purposes.

In this episode, we hear from Dallas, one of Mr Gibbs' victims who helped build ASIC's case, as well as ASIC investigator, Chris Rowe.

Read ASIC media release's for more information: 19-179MR Former Adelaide financial adviser sentenced to 10 years imprisonment

Episode 50: Balancing consumer choice and protection

Episode 50: Balancing consumer choice and protection

June 26, 2019

In this interview with the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority Steven Maijoor, ASIC Commissioner Sean Hughes explores the balancing act between consumer choice, innovation and consumer protection and the use of product intervention powers by regulators around the world.

Episode 49: ASIC’s case against hacker Steven Oakes

Episode 49: ASIC’s case against hacker Steven Oakes

June 25, 2019

A man sits outside an office building on his laptop. He keeps to himself and passers-by don’t really notice him. He has been outside this office building before, but he is not interested in going inside. Unknown to those around him, and the company operating inside the building, this man is inside their network, accessing confidential information and reading their emails. He’s after inside information.

Steven Oakes was sentenced on 25 June 2019 in the County Court at Melbourne to a total effective sentence of three years imprisonment, and ordered that he be released after serving 18 months of the term of imprisonment, on his own recognisance to be of good behaviour for 18 months, after pleading guilty to a total of 11 charges for insider trading, unauthorised access to data with the intention to commit a serious offence (insider trading) and the alteration of electronic devices required by ASIC. 

In this episode, we hear from the investigators behind ASIC’s case - Peter Ridgley and Anthony Vardy.

For more information about ASIC's case, read our media release (19-153MR) and download an infographic on our website.

 

Episode 48: International standard setting for insurance supervisors

Episode 48: International standard setting for insurance supervisors

June 24, 2019

In this interview with the Secretary General of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) Jonathan Dixon, ASIC Executive Director (Financial Services) Michael Saadat explores the role of the international standard setting body for insurance regulators - the IAIS, its priorities and challenges, and the impact of advancements in technology on regulation.

Episode 47: The power of a ponzi scheme

Episode 47: The power of a ponzi scheme

May 10, 2019

In this episode we take you behind the scenes of a ponzi scheme, where unbelievably good returns are offered to investors, the scheme operator seems to be trustworthy – but it’s all smoke and mirrors.

ASIC investigators Kaan Finney and David McArthur explain how ponzi schemes work, how operators attract investors, how ASIC investigates and shuts down these schemes and most importantly, how can you can avoid getting caught up in a scheme.

A ponzi scheme is an investment scam where the promoter convinces people to invest in the scheme. Money is deposited by early investors and used to pay the first round of returns. However, new money invested is used to pay older returns to investors. People are led to believe there is an investment because of this when often there actually is no investment at all or the investment is not what they think it is.

There are  practical tips on how to avoid ponzi schemes and other types of investment scams on ASIC’s MoneySmart website or you can subscribe to our media releases to find out about the latest matters we are investigating at ASIC.

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Episode 46: ASIC enforcement update July to December 2018

Episode 46: ASIC enforcement update July to December 2018

April 9, 2019

ASIC has today released its enforcement update report for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 December 2018.

A copy of the report - outlining key actions taken over the past six months to enforce the law and support our enforcement objectives - can be found here.

The report also covers ongoing areas for particular focus, including ASIC Deputy Chair Daniel Crennan QC’s discussion of recent reforms enabling ASIC to pursue harsher civil penalties and criminal sanctions against banks, their executives and others who have breached corporate and financial services law.