CALGARY, Jan. 25, 2013 /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 Gabriel Ka Leung Lee.
The Agreement concerns conduct that without his firm's knowledge, Mr. Lee engaged in outside business activities by facilitating off-book equity and debt investments in private placements by six clients in two separate companies. Mr. Lee also facilitated a short term loan from two elderly clients to one of the companies, and borrowed funds from a client, without his firm's knowledge.
The hearing is not open to the public, but will become open in the event 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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|Hearing Date:||February 6, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.|
|| Delta Edmonton Centre
Room: Victoria East
IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Lee's conduct in September 2011. The conduct occurred when he was a Registered Representative with the Edmonton branch of Richardson GMP Limited, an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Lee is no longer a registrant 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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