A firm directed by Luigi Wewege, one of the central protagonists in the Len Brown infidelity scandal, has been kicked off the Financial Service Providers Register.
New Zealand registered Vivier & Company was incorporated in 2001 and offers savings accounts featuring "above average returns without market risk volatility", according to its website.
"We achieve this by making highly selective loans, secured against real estate," the website says.
A Financial Markets Authority spokesman said Vivier & Company had been deregistered as part of the FMA's ongoing review of the Financial Service Providers Register.
"We do not comment on specific details relating to individual entities," the spokesman said.
Wewege, who helped expose Auckland mayor Len Brown's affair with Bevan Chuang, is one of Vivier & Company's five directors, according to Companies Office records.
His website says he is also the firm's chief executive.
Wewege couldn't be reached for comment.
Michael Hart, Vivier & Company's sole shareholder, also couldn't be reached for comment.
Originally from South Africa, Wewege left New Zealand shortly after the Brown scandal broke in 2013.
He reportedly returned to this country last year.