MFDA Hearing Panel approves settlement agreement with William Joe Yau Chan
December 12, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario) – A settlement hearing in the matter of William Joe Yau Chan (“Respondent”) was held today in Toronto, Ontario before a three-person Hearing Panel of the Central Regional Council of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”).
The Hearing Panel approved the settlement agreement dated June 22, 2018 (“Settlement Agreement”) between Staff of the MFDA and the Respondent, as a consequence of which the following sanctions were imposed on the Respondent:
- a permanent prohibition from conducting securities related business in any capacity while in the employ of or associated with any MFDA Member;
- a fine in the amount of $40,000; and
- costs in the amount of $5,000.
In the Settlement Agreement, the Respondent admitted that between June 2013 and March 2016, he engaged in securities related business that was not carried on for the account and through the facilities of the Member by selling, recommending, referring or facilitating the sale of approximately $1,213,000 of unapproved investment products to at least eight clients and three individuals outside the Member and earned at least $83,160 in commissions, contrary to MFDA Rules 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 2.1.4, 2.4.2, and 2.1.1, and the requirements of sections 13.7 and 13.8 of National Instrument 31-103.
A copy of the Settlement Agreement is available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca. During the period described in the Settlement Agreement, the Respondent conducted business in Toronto, Ontario.
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