AZ NGA, the owner of boutique firm Henderson Maxwell, has commenced an internal review following allegations of misconduct raised at the royal commission.
In a statement to ifa, an AZ NGA spokesperson confirmed that a review of the conduct uncovered during the testimony of Henderson Maxwell chief executive Sam Henderson is underway.
“We take the royal commission evidence related to Henderson Maxwell extremely seriously,” the spokesperson said.
“Henderson Maxwell clients are our first priority during this period and we will continue to service them. An internal review is in progress and we will be updating clients at its completion.
“Given the royal commission is still in progress, at this stage it is not appropriate to comment on Sam Henderson.”
Mr Henderson faced heated cross-examination at the royal commission over advice provided to former client and Fair Work Commissioner Donna McKenna.
The commission heard that Henderson Maxwell staff had impersonated Ms McKenna without permission in correspondence with a product provider, that the firm had an inacurrate financial services guide and that Mr Henderson had provided a misleading assessment of his personal credentials, among other evidence.
AZ NGA is led by former ANZ and CBA distribution executive Paul Barrett and is backed by Italian fund manager and financial institution Azimut.
AZ NGA acquired Henderson Maxwell in December, making it the 42nd Australian financial advice business purchased by the aggregator since launching in Australia in 2015.
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