04.12.2021 00:04

MFDA announces settlement hearing to take place in the matter of Joshua O'Brien


TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2021 /CNW/ - The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada ("MFDA") commenced a disciplinary proceeding in respect of Joshua O'Brien (the "Respondent") by Notice of Settlement Hearing dated August 23, 2021.

As the result of a settlement agreement entered into between Staff of the MFDA and the Respondent, a settlement hearing will take place before a Hearing Panel of the MFDA's Atlantic Regional Council by electronic hearing on December 9, 2021, commencing at 10:00 a.m. (Atlantic), or as soon thereafter as the matter can be held. Members of the public who would like to obtain particulars should contact hearings@mfda.ca.

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:


between September 6, 2018 and January 7, 2019, the Respondent 


allowed an unregistered individual to meet with clients in the absence of the Respondent in order to discuss and recommend trades to the clients; and      


signed trade forms to process the trades recommended to 22 clients by the unregistered individual without communicating with the clients or otherwise using the necessary due diligence to ensure that the recommendations were suitable and authorized;

thereby facilitating stealth advising by the unregistered individual, contrary to the Member's policies and procedures and MFDA Rules 1.1.1(c), 2.2.1, 2.1.1, 2.5.1 and 1.1.2; and


between September 6, 2018 and January 7, 2019, in his capacity as branch manager, the Respondent failed to adequately supervise the activities at a branch to ensure compliance with the By-laws, Rules and Policies and with applicable securities legislation by the Member and its Approved Persons, contrary to MFDA Rules 2.5.5(f) and 2.1.1.

MFDA settlement hearings are typically held in the absence of the public pursuant to section 20.5 of MFDA By-law No. 1 and Rule 15.2(2) of the MFDA Rules of Procedure. If the Hearing Panel accepts the settlement agreement, then the proceeding will become open to the public and a copy of the decision of the Hearing Panel and the settlement agreement will be made available at www.mfda.ca.

A copy of the Notice of Settlement Hearing is available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca. During the period described in the Notice of Hearing, the Respondent conducted business in the Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador area.

The MFDA is the self-regulatory organization for Canadian mutual fund dealers, regulating the operations, standards of practice and business conduct of its 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

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