Thursday 7 September 2006 IR 06 LAWFUEL – Law News Network -The Aust…

Thursday 7 September 2006 IR 06 LAWFUEL – Law News Network -The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has today released the findings of its first assessment report on Mercari Pty Limited (Mercari). Mercari is licensed in Australia to operate a financial market known as Mercari Direct, an electronic platform for the trading of foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives. ASIC’s report concludes that Mercari has adequate arrangements for the supervision of Mercari Direct in accordance with its obligations under the Corporations Act.

ASIC has, however, suggested some improvements regarding Mercari’s supervision arrangements to ensure it continues to comply with its obligations. ASIC notes Mercari is already acting on these recommendations. A copy of the report is available from the ASIC website at or by contacting the ASIC Infoline on 1300 300 630. Background A financial market is defined as a facility through which offers to buy and sell financial products are regularly made. Anyone who operates a financial market in Australia must obtain a licence to do so, or otherwise be exempted by the Minister.

As part of the conditions of granting a licence to operate a financial market, the licensee must supervise the market in accordance with Part 7.2 of the Act. Under the Act, ASIC is required to conduct an assessment of how well licensed financial markets are complying with their obligations to supervise their markets. ASIC must do this at least once per year in relation to each licensee. ASIC can also assess how well a licensee is complying with its other obligations under the Act. For further information contact: Emma Forehan ASIC Media Unit Telephone: 03 9280 3354 Mobile: 0409 702 310

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