IN THE MATTER OF Vinh-Phat Nguyen-Qui - Discipline Decision - Liability and Penalty

Oct 11, 2012, 10:45 ET from Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) - General News

MONTRÉAL, Oct. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Following a disciplinary hearing held on June 7 and 8, 2012, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) found Mr. Vinh-Phat Nguyen-Qui liable for the following contraventions: Mr. Nguyen-Qui entered buy and sell orders in the pre-opening market and cancelled them prior to market opening for the sole objective of acquiring a better chronological position once the market opened. He also entered short-sale orders in the pre-opening market without designating them as short sales and/or at a price below the last sale price as indicated in the consolidated market display.

The panel's decision dated September 17, 2012 is available at

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Specifically, the panel found that Mr. Nguyen-Qui committed the following violations:

(a)      Entered orders he knew or ought reasonably to have known would create, or could reasonably be expected to create, a false or misleading appearance of trading activity or interest in the purchase or sale of the security, contrary to UMIR 2.2(2)(a);
(b)      Entered short-sale orders in the pre-opening market without the proper designation, contrary to UMIR 6.2(1)(b)(viii); and
(c)      Entered short-sale orders in the pre-opening market below the last sale price, contrary to UMIR 3.1(1).

The Hearing Panel imposed the following penalty on Mr. Vinh-Phat Nguyen-Qui:

(a)      Prohibition from accessing the market as a registered representative for a period of two (2) months;
(b)      A fine for the different counts, apportioned as follows:
  • $10,000 for the first count (a)
  • $5,000 for each of counts (b) and (c);
(c)      That Mr. Nguyen-Qui be required to take the "Trader Trading Course" again.

Mr. Nguyen-Qui is also ordered to pay costs in the amount of $10,000.

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Nguyen-Qui's conduct in May 2010. The violations occurred when Mr. Nguyen-Qui was a Registered Representative with the Montréal branch of W.D. Latimer Co. Ltd., an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Nguyen-Qui is no longer a registrant with an IIROC-regulated firm.

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IIROC carries out its regulatory responsibilities through setting and enforcing rules regarding the proficiency, business and financial conduct of dealer firms and their registered employees and through setting and enforcing market integrity rules regarding trading activity on Canadian equity marketplaces.

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