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201753

IN THE MATTER OF A DISCIPLINARY HEARING PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 20 AND 24 OF BY-LAW NO. 1 OF THE MUTUAL FUND DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

Shafique Hirani

NOTICE is hereby given that a first appearance will take place by teleconference before a hearing panel of the Prairie Regional Council (“Hearing Panel”) of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”) in the hearing room at the MFDA offices, located at 800 - 6th Avenue S.W., Suite 850, Calgary, Alberta on July 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain), or as soon thereafter as the appearance can be held, concerning a disciplinary proceeding commenced by the MFDA against Shafique Hirani (“Respondent”). The Hearing on the Merits will take place in Calgary, Alberta at a time and venue to be announced.

DATED: Apr 28, 2017

"Sarah Rickard"

Sarah Rickard

Director of Regional Councils

Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada
121 King St. West, Suite 1000
Toronto, ON M5H 3T9
Telephone: 416-945-5143
Fax: 416-361-9781
E-mail: corporatesecretary@mfda.ca



NOTICE is further given that the MFDA alleges the following violations of the By-laws, Rules or Policies of the MFDA:

Allegation #1: Between May 6, 2014 and February 20, 2015, the Respondent, or his assistants under his direction, obtained and maintained 59 pre-signed account forms in respect of 27 clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.

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NOTICE is further given that the following is a summary of the facts alleged and intended to be relied upon by the MFDA at the hearing:

Registration History

  1. From October 22, 1995 to February 20, 2015, the Respondent was registered as a mutual fund salesperson (now known as a dealing representative) in Alberta with Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (“Investors Group”), a Member of the MFDA.
  1. The Respondent was also registered as a mutual fund salesperson in the following provinces:
    1. in British Columbia, from September 11, 2006 until February 20, 2015;
    2. in Ontario, from June 24, 2009 until November 28, 2014; and
    3. in Manitoba, from March 28, 2012 until November 28, 2014.
  1. From February 17, 2006 until January 16, 2015, the Respondent was also designated as a Branch Manager with Investors Group.
  1. Beginning on or about February 20, 2015, the Respondent ceased to be registered as an Approved Person in the mutual fund industry, and from February 20, 2015 until April 21, 2015, the Respondent was registered as a Registered Representative in Alberta and British Columbia with Investors Group Securities Inc. (“IGSI”), a dealer member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (“IIROC”).
  1. Since August 10, 2015, the Respondent has been registered as a Registered Representative with Aligned Capital Partners Inc., a dealer member of IIROC, in all provinces except Prince Edward Island.
  1. At all material times, the Respondent conducted business in the Calgary, Alberta area.

Pre-Signed Account Forms

  1. At all material times, Investors Group’s policies and procedures prohibited its Approved Persons, including the Respondent, from obtaining, holding, or using pre-signed account forms.
  1. At all material times, the Respondent operated his business with the assistance of licensed and unlicensed assistants.
  1. Between May 6, 2014 and February 20, 2015, the Respondent, or his assistants under his direction, obtained and maintained 59 pre-signed account forms in respect of 27 clients.
  1. The pre-signed account forms consisted of:
    1. 2 transfer authorization forms;
    2. 12 transfer of registered and non-registered account forms;
    3. 5 National Bank security agreement on investments forms;
    4. 8 attachment to the security agreement on investments forms;
    5. 18 IGSI client application forms;
    6. 1 credit application form;
    7. 1 investment profile questionnaire;
    8. 3 systematic instructions forms;
    9. 1 investment information update form;
    10. 1 IG Solutions Banking account opening form;
    11. 2 IGSI client update forms;
    12. 1 borrowing to invest disclosure form;
    13. 1 National Bank mutual funds and other securities account form;
    14. 1 request to add new bank account form;
    15. 1 pre-authorized contribution agreement form; and
    16. 1 loan investment instructions form.
  1. The Respondent, or his assistants, obtained the forms to facilitate the transfer of clients’ accounts from Investors Group to IGSI, where the Respondent would soon be registered.
  1. By virtue of the foregoing, the Respondent failed to observe high standards of ethics and conduct in the transaction of business and engaged in conduct unbecoming an Approved Person, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.

NOTICE is further given that the Respondent shall be entitled to appear and be heard and be represented by counsel or agent at the hearing and to make submissions, present evidence and call, examine and cross-examine witnesses.

NOTICE is further given that MFDA By-laws provide that if, in the opinion of the Hearing Panel, the Respondent:

  • has failed to carry out any agreement with the MFDA;
  • has failed to comply with or carry out the provisions of any federal or provincial statute relating to the business of the Member or of any regulation or policy made pursuant thereto;
  • has failed to comply with the provisions of any By-law, Rule or Policy of the MFDA;
  • has engaged in any business conduct or practice which such Regional Council in its discretion considers unbecoming or not in the public interest; or
  • are otherwise not qualified whether by integrity, solvency, training or experience,

the Hearing Panel has the power to impose any one or more of the following penalties:

  1. a reprimand;
  2. a fine not exceeding the greater of:
    1. $5,000,000.00 per offence; and
    2. an amount equal to three times the profit obtained or loss avoided by such person as a result of committing the violation;
  3. suspension of the authority of the person to conduct securities related business for such specified period and upon such terms as the Hearing Panel may determine;
  4. revocation of the authority of such person to conduct securities related business;
  5. prohibition of the authority of the person to conduct securities related business in any capacity for any period of time;
  6. such conditions of authority to conduct securities related business as may be considered appropriate by the Hearing Panel;

NOTICE is further given that the Hearing Panel may, in its discretion, require that the Respondent pay the whole or any portion of the costs of the proceedings before the Hearing Panel and any investigation relating thereto.

NOTICE is further given that the Respondent must serve a Reply on Enforcement Counsel and file a Reply with the Office of the Corporate Secretary within twenty (20) days from the date of service of this Notice of Hearing.

A Reply shall be served upon Enforcement Counsel at:

Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada
Prairie Regional Office
Suite 850, 800 – 6th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3G3
Attention: Justin Dunphy
Fax: 403-266-8858
Email: jdunphy@mfda.ca

A Reply shall be filed by:

  1. providing four (4) copies of the Reply to the Office of the Corporate Secretary by personal delivery, mail or courier to:
    1. The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada
      121 King Street West, Suite 1000
      Toronto, ON M5H 3T9
      Attention: Office of the Corporate Secretary; or
  2. transmitting one (1) copy of the Reply to the Office of the Corporate Secretary by fax to fax number 416-361-9781, provided that the Reply does not exceed 16 pages, inclusive of the covering page, unless the Office of the Corporate Secretary permits otherwise; or
  3. transmitting one (1) electronic copy of the Reply to the Office of the Corporate Secretary by e-mail at corporatesecretary@mfda.ca.

A Reply may either:

  1. specifically deny (with a summary of the facts alleged and intended to be relied upon by the Respondent, and the conclusions drawn by the Respondent based on the alleged facts) any or all of the facts alleged or the conclusions drawn by the MFDA in the Notice of Hearing; or
  2. admit the facts alleged and conclusions drawn by the MFDA in the Notice of Hearing and plead circumstances in mitigation of any penalty to be assessed.

NOTICE is further given that the Hearing Panel may accept as having been proven any facts alleged or conclusions drawn by the MFDA in the Notice of Hearing that are not specifically denied in the Reply.

NOTICE is further given that if the Respondent fails:

  1. to serve and file a Reply; or
  2. attend at the hearing specified in the Notice of Hearing, notwithstanding that a Reply may have been served,

the Hearing Panel may proceed with the hearing of the matter on the date and the time and place set out in the Notice of Hearing (or on any subsequent date, at any time and place), without any further notice to and in the absence of the Respondent, and the Hearing Panel may accept the facts alleged or the conclusions drawn by the MFDA in the Notice of Hearing as having been proven and may impose any of the penalties described in the By-laws.

END.