TORONTO , June 25, 2020 /CNW/ - A settlement hearing was originally scheduled before a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) in the matter of Darren Maurice Sampson on June 22, 2020 . The settlement hearing was adjourned to July 2 , 2020.
The Agreement concerns an allegation that Mr. Sampson failed to ensure the suitability of a high-risk, speculative security purchased and held in his clients' accounts.
IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Sampson's conduct in December 2016 . The alleged violations occurred while he was a Registered Representative with the Toronto branch of Gravitas Securities Inc., an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Sampson is no longer a registrant with an IIROC-regulated firm.
The hearing is not open to the public but will become open if and when the Panel accepts the agreement. Members of the public who are interested to attend the hearing may contact IIROC's National Hearing Coordinator at NHC1@iiroc.ca in advance of the hearing to obtain further details. If the agreement is accepted, the Reasons for Decision and the Settlement Agreement will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.
Hearing Date: The hearing will be held by way of teleconference on July 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
The Notice of Motion announcing the settlement hearing is available at:
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 is the pan-Canadian self-regulatory organization that oversees all investment dealers and their trading activity in Canada's debt and equity markets. IIROC sets high quality regulatory and investment industry standards, protects investors and strengthens market integrity while supporting healthy Canadian capital markets. IIROC carries out its regulatory responsibilities through setting and enforcing rules regarding the proficiency, business and financial conduct of 175 Canadian investment dealer firms and their nearly 30,000 registered employees, the majority of whom are commonly referred to as investment advisors. IIROC also sets and enforces market integrity rules regarding trading activity on Canadian debt and equity marketplaces.
IIROC investigates possible misconduct by its member firms and/or individual registrants. It can bring disciplinary proceedings which may result in penalties including fines, suspensions, permanent bars, expulsion from membership, or termination of rights and privileges for individuals and firms.
All information about disciplinary proceedings relating to current and former member firms is available in the Enforcement section of the IIROC website. Background information regarding the qualifications and disciplinary history, if any, of advisors currently employed by IIROC-regulated firms is available free of charge through the IIROC AdvisorReport service. Information on how to make investment dealer, advisor or marketplace-related complaints is available by calling 1 877 442-4322.
SOURCE Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) - General News
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