Enforcement Notice Decision - IN THE MATTER OF Yufeng Zhang - Settlement Accepted

VANCOUVER, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - On May 30, 2013, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), accepted a Settlement Agreement, with sanctions, between IIROC staff and Yufeng Zhang.

Mr. Zhang admitted to the following violation:

(a)  On 25 days between July and December 2010, he engaged in a manipulative or deceptive practice in the pre-opening on a marketplace contrary to UMIR 2.2(1) and UMIR Policy 2.2, for which he is liable under UMIR 10.4(1).

Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, Mr. Zhang agreed to the following penalty:

(a)  A fine in the amount of $10,000; and
(b)  A suspension of access to IIROC-regulated marketplaces for one month beginning June 1, 2013.

Mr. Zhang also agreed to pay costs in the amount of $1,500.

The Settlement Agreement and the Hearing Panel's decision will be made available at: www.iiroc.ca.

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 formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Zhang's conduct in May 2012.  The conduct occurred when he was a Registered Representative with Wolverton Securities Ltd., an IIROC-regulated firm, where Mr. Zhang is still registered.

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:
Warren Funt
Vice President, Western Canada
604 431-3750

Media Contact:
Karen Archer
Senior Media and Public Affairs Specialist
416 865-3046


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