TORONTO, July 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Following an expedited hearing held on July 4, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, with notice to e3m Investments Inc., a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) suspended the membership of e3m Investments Inc. ("e3m").
The Hearing Panel ordered:
- Pursuant to Dealer Member Rule 20.45(1)(a), e3m's membership is suspended;
- Pursuant to Dealer Member Rule 20.45(1)(d), e3m shall immediately cease dealing with the public, and shall take down its website;
- e3m is no longer required to comply with the following requirements under the Dealer Member Rules:
The filing requirements set out in Rule 16.2 (including the filing of audited financial statements which were due in March 2014);
The appointment of a Chief Financial Officer set out in Rule 38.6; and
The maintenance of insurance set out in Rule 400.
- e3m shall deliver, on a monthly basis, copies of the account statements from its investment account at Caldwell Securities Ltd. (the "Accumulating Account"), to the Vice-President, IIROC Financial & Operations Compliance;
- Upon determination of all claims against e3m to the satisfaction of IIROC staff, IIROC staff may move, without notice to e3m, for an order terminating the membership of e3m;
- Nothing in this order is intended to affect, alter or be inconsistent with the terms and conditions imposed upon e3m by the Ontario Securities Commission effective September 9, 2013, or any subsequent variation of or addition to those terms and conditions, which e3m is required to comply with until such time as the terms and conditions are removed; and
- This Order shall come into effect immediately.
The Hearing Panel's Order dated July 4, 2014, is available at:
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SOURCE: Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) - General News
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