Enforcement Notice - IN THE MATTER OF John Phillip Watts and Sean Thomas Hickey - Order

TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2015 /CNW/ - Following a set date hearing held on May 13th, 2015 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) in the matter of John Phillip Watts and Sean Thomas Hickey ordered that:

A return date will be set for September 24th, 2015 at which time the parties will appear before the Panel via conference call. The conference call will be open to the public, unless the Hearing Panel orders otherwise.

The Hearing Panel's order dated May 13th, 2015, is available at:
http://docs.iiroc.ca/DisplayDocument.aspx?DocumentID=8461411267374BB0ABCBE14FC66F82C1&Language=en.

The Notice of Hearing is available at:
http://docs.iiroc.ca/DisplayDocument.aspx?DocumentID=ECEFB89E73F54C6ABC0DEE74AB25B7C5&Language=en.  

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.

Set Date Appearance:

September 24th, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (PEI Time)



Location:         

Quality Inn & Suites Charlottetown


150 Euston Street


Telephone: (902) 894-8572



CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION:



Local Dial In:    

416-443-4589

Toll Free Dial In: 

1-866-234-0247

Conference ID:   

5312494

The hearing concerns allegations that Mr. Watts and Mr. Hickey failed to use due diligence to ensure that recommendations were suitable for clients, that Mr. Watts engaged in unauthorized trading, and that Mr. Watts failed to use due diligence to learn the essential facts relative to his clients.

Specifically, the allegations are that:

a) From July 2007 to December 2010, Mr. Watts and Mr. Hickey failed to use due diligence to ensure that recommendations were suitable for their clients, contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rule 1300.1(q) (IDA Regulation 1300.1(q) prior to June 1, 2008);

b) From May to June 2008, Mr. Watts engaged in unauthorized trading in a client account, contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rule 29.1(IDA By-law 29.1 prior to June 1, 2008); and

c) From July 2007 to December 2010, Mr. Watts failed to use due diligence to learn the essential facts relative to his clients, contrary to IIROC Dealer Member Rule 1300.1(a)(IDA Regulation 1300.1(a) prior to June 1, 2008).

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Watts' and Mr. Hickey's conduct in March 2012. The alleged violations occurred when they were Registered Representatives with the Charlottetown branch of Wellington West Capital Inc., now National Bank Financial Ltd., an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Watts and Mr. Hickey are currently registered with National Bank Financial Ltd.; however Mr. Watts has been on medical leave since November 2011.

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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

For further information: Enforcement Contact: Elsa Renzella, Vice President, Enforcement, 416 943-5877, erenzella@iiroc.ca; Media Contact: Karen Archer, Manager, Media Relations, 416 865-3046, karcher@iiroc.ca

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