MFDA announces settlement hearing to take place in respect of William Adams

TORONTO, March 6, 2015 /CNW/ - The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada ("MFDA") commenced a disciplinary proceeding in respect of William Morris Adams (the "Respondent") by Notice of Hearing (the "Notice of Hearing") dated October 18, 2013.

As the result of a settlement agreement entered into between Staff of the MFDA and the Respondent, the settlement hearing in this matter will take place on March 9, 2015, commencing at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern), or as soon thereafter as the hearing can be held, in the hearing room at the MFDA offices, located at 121 King Street West, Suite 1000, Toronto, Ontario.

The subject matter of the proposed settlement agreement concerns matters for which the Respondent may be disciplined pursuant to ss. 20 and 24.1.1 of By-law No. 1 of the MFDA.  In particular, the Settlement Agreement concerns allegations that:


a)     

between October 2008 and December 2008, the Respondent signed new account opening documents as the mutual fund salesperson responsible for the accounts of at least 12 clients, without having ever met with the clients, thereby failing to perform the necessary due diligence to learn the essential facts relative to the clients and failing to observe high standards of ethics and practice in the conduct of business, contrary to MFDA Rules 2.2.1 and 2.1.1; and


b)     

between March 2007 and August 2008, the Respondent obtained blank, pre-signed new account opening forms and investment loan applications from at least 13 clients, which he forwarded to a third party to complete and submit to the Member in order to open accounts for the clients and implement a leveraged investment strategy in the accounts, and in so doing:



   i.     

facilitated an arrangement whereby the third party populated the new account opening documents and investment loan applications with client information which was false, incorrect or misleading, thereby failing to observe high standards of ethics and conduct in the transaction of business and engaging in conduct unbecoming an Approved Person, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1; and



   ii.

failed to ensure that the leveraged investment strategy was suitable for the clients and in keeping with the clients' investment objectives, contrary to MFDA Rules 2.2.1 and 2.1.1.

 

The hearing will be open to the public, unless and to the extent that the Hearing Panel determines that all or part of the hearing should proceed in the absence of the public. If the Hearing Panel accepts the settlement agreement, then a copy of the decision of the Hearing Panel and the settlement agreement will be made available to the public.

A copy of the Notice of Hearing is available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca. During the period described in the Notice of Hearing, the Respondent carried on business out of a branch office located in Ottawa, Ontario.

The MFDA is the self-regulatory organization for Canadian mutual fund dealers, regulating the operations, standards of practice and business conduct of its 107 Members and their approximately 80,000 Approved Persons with a mandate to protect investors and the public interest. For more information about the MFDA's complaint and enforcement processes, as well as links to 'Check an Advisor' and other Investor Tools, visit the For Investors page on the MFDA website.

SOURCE Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada

For further information: Hugh Corbett, Managing Director, Enforcement, 416-943-4685, hcorbett@mfda.ca

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