June 2, 2020 (Toronto, Ontario) – The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”) announced that it has issued a Notice of Settlement Hearing dated May 29, 2020 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 Leonard Coronel (“Respondent”) and involves matters for which the Respondent may be disciplined by a Hearing Panel pursuant to MFDA By-laws. The proposed settlement agreement concerns allegations that the Respondent:
- between January 2018 and September 2018, on eight occasions, signed the initials of clients next to alterations he made to information on accounts forms, and submitted them to the Member for processing, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1;
- in May 2018, altered and used to process a transaction one account form in respect of one client by altering information on the account form without having the client initial the alterations, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1; and
- between January 2015 and October 2018, obtained, possessed and used to process transactions, 30 pre-signed account forms in respect of 21 clients, contrary to MFDA Rule 2.1.1.
The settlement hearing will take place by electronic hearing on June 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern), or as soon thereafter as the matter can be held. Members of the public who would like to participate should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain particulars.
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 Toronto, Ontario, 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 81,000 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.