MFDA issues Notice of Settlement Hearing in respect of Anastasios (Tom) Terzis
August 9, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario) – The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”) announced that it has issued a Notice of Settlement Hearing dated August 1, 2018 regarding the presentation, review and consideration of a proposed settlement agreement by a Hearing Panel of the MFDA’s Central Regional Council.
The settlement agreement will be between Staff of the MFDA and Anastasios (Tom) Terzis (“Respondent”) and involves matters for which he may be disciplined by a Hearing Panel pursuant to MFDA By-laws. The proposed settlement agreement concerns allegations that the Respondent:
- from 2013 to 2015, engaged in securities related business which was not carried on for the account of the Member or conducted through its facilities by recommending, selling, facilitating the sale of, and/or making referrals in respect of exempt market investments to approximately 41 clients totaling approximately $4,748,000, contrary to the Member’s policies and procedures, MFDA Rules 1.1.1, 2.1.1, 2.4.2, 2.5.1, and 1.1.2, and the requirements of sections 13.7 and 13.8 of National Instrument 31-103;
- from 2013 to 2015, engaged in outside activity which was not disclosed to and approved by the Member, by recommending, selling, facilitating the sale of, and/or making referrals in respect of the sale of exempt market investments to approximately 41 clients totaling approximately $4,748,000, contrary to the Member’s policies and procedures, MFDA Rules 1.3, 2.1.1, 2.4.2, 2.5.1 and 1.1.2, and the requirements of sections 13.7 and 13.8 of National Instrument 31-103;
- from 2013 to 2015, referred clients to two individuals, as well as directly to the investment entities, to purchase investments outside the Member, and received approximately $334,880 in commissions or referral fees for doing so, thereby participating in unapproved referral arrangements to which the Member was not a party, contrary to the Member’s policies and procedures, and MFDA Rules 2.1.1, 2.4.2, 2.5.1 and 1.1.2, and the requirements of sections 13.7 and 13.8 of National Instrument 31-103; and
- from 2013 to March 18, 2016, when his registration was terminated, misled the Member with respect to his knowledge of and involvement in undisclosed and unapproved outside activity, being referring clients to purchase securities outside the Member, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
The settlement hearing is scheduled for September 10, 2018, commencing at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern), or as soon thereafter as the matter can be held, in the hearing room at the offices of the MFDA, located at 121 King Street West, Suite 1000, Toronto, Ontario.
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 Settlement Hearing, the Respondent carried on business in the Greater Toronto 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 82,000 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.
 Formerly MFDA Rule 1.2.1(c).