Enforcement Notice Decision - IN THE MATTER OF Canaccord Genuity Corp. - Settlement Accepted

Nov 29, 2013, 17:45 ET from Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) - General News

VANCOUVER, Nov. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - On November 29, 2013, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), accepted a Settlement Agreement, with sanctions, between IIROC staff and Canaccord Genuity Corp. (Canaccord).

Canaccord admitted that it failed to adequately supervise retail client account activity.

Specifically, Canaccord admitted to the following violation:

  a)      Failing to adequately supervise retail client account activity contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rules 2500 and 1300.2 (prior to June 2008, IDA Policy 2 and IDA Regulation 1300.2)
      (i)      From 2005 through 2010, by failing to monitor adequately first level supervision and by failing to have effective second tier supervision; and
      (ii)      From June 2009 to February 2011, by refusing to adopt procedures to reasonably assure itself that its clients who purchased private placements were "accredited investors".

Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, Canaccord agreed to the following penalties:

  a)      A fine of $750,000 plus an additional $310,000 for disgorged commissions.

Canaccord also agreed to pay costs in the amount of $50,000.

The Settlement Agreement is available at: http://docs.iiroc.ca/DisplayDocument.aspx?DocumentID=FEAEC376A1464A58B192B000BB94D4D7&Language=en

and the Hearing Panel's decision will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.

Documents related to ongoing IIROC enforcement proceedings - including Reasons and Decisions of Hearing Panels - are posted on the IIROC website as they become available. Click here to search and access all IIROC enforcement documents.

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Canaccord's conduct in June 2010.

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