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Charles Toth

Vice President, Enforcement

(416) 943-4619

ctoth@mfda.ca

Jeff Mount

Vice-President, Pacific Region

(604) 694-8846

jmount@mfda.ca

MFDA announces settlement hearing to take place in the matter of Tuomo Kostamo

July 16, 2021 (Toronto, Ontario) – The Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”) commenced a disciplinary proceeding in respect of Tuomo Tapio Kostamo (the “Respondent”) by Notice of Hearing dated December 15, 2020.

As the result of a settlement agreement entered into between Staff of the MFDA and the Respondent, a settlement hearing will proceed before a Hearing Panel of the MFDA’s Pacific Regional Council by electronic hearing on July 16, 2021, commencing at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific), 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 the Respondent:

  1. On or about May 29, 2019, processed a trade in the account of a client without discussing all the elements of the trade with the client, contrary to the Member’s policies and procedures and MFDA Rules 2.3.1(b), 1.1.2, 2.5.1, and 2.1.1; and
  2. On May 29, 2019, altered cheques received from a client for investment, signed the initials of two clients next to the alterations, and submitted the cheques to the Member for processing, contrary to MFDA Rule 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 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 Prince George, British Columbia 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.