TORONTO, March 14, 2012 /CNW/ - On February 28, 2012, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) accepted a Settlement Agreement between IIROC staff and Pope & Company Limited.
Pope & Company admitted that between December 2008 and January 2011 it failed to comply with its best price obligation, contrary to the Universal Market Integrity Rules (UMIR).
Specifically, Pope & Company admitted to the following violations:
Between December 2008 and January 2011, it contravened the following Requirements of UMIR:
|(i)||failed to make reasonable efforts to ensure that orders were executed at the best price, contrary to UMIR 5.2 and UMIR Policy 5.2; and|
|(ii)||failed to have adequate policies and procedures in place to ensure reasonable efforts were made to execute orders at the best price, contrary to UMIR 7.1 and UMIR Policy 7.1.|
Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, Pope & Company agreed to pay a fine to IIROC in the amount of $30,000.
Pope & Company also agreed to pay costs in the amount of $5,000.
The Settlement Agreement is available at
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 Pope & Company's conduct in November 2010. Pope & Company is currently 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.
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