VANCOUVER, Nov. 12, 2015 /CNW/ - A hearing has been scheduled before a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) to consider whether the panel should accept a Settlement Agreement entered into between IIROC staff and Robert Lewis. An Enforcement Notice was issued on October 23, 2015 in this matter providing public notice of a motion hearing date on November 18, 2015. The motion hearing has been cancelled and substituted with a Settlement Hearing on November 18, 2015.
The Agreement concerns allegations that Mr. Lewis engaged in unauthorized outside business activities involving the preparation of tax returns; engaged in personal financial dealings with several clients; made an unauthorized settlement with a client; and used blank signed client forms to process transactions in clients' accounts. It is also alleged that Mr. Lewis made improper use of monies from clients' accounts held outside his firm.
The hearing is not open to the public, but will become open in the event that the panel accepts the agreement. If the agreement is accepted, the Panel's decision and the Settlement Agreement will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.
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November 18, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
885 West Georgia Street, 16th Floor
IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Lewis' conduct in July 2012. The conduct occurred while he was a Registered Representative with the Vancouver branch of Manulife Securities Inc., an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Lewis is currently not a Registered Representative with an IIROC-regulated firm.
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IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and trading activity on debt and equity marketplaces in Canada. Created in 2008 through the consolidation of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and Market Regulation Services Inc., IIROC sets high quality regulatory and investment industry standards, protects investors and strengthens market integrity while maintaining efficient and competitive capital markets.
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.
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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