August 10, 2021 (Toronto, Ontario) – A Hearing Panel of the Pacific Regional Council of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (“MFDA”) has issued its Reasons for Decision dated August 9, 2021 (“Reasons for Decision”), in connection with a settlement hearing held by electronic hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 16, 2021, in the matter of Tuomo Tapio Kostamo (“Respondent”).
In its Reasons for Decision, the Hearing Panel confirmed the sanctions imposed on the Respondent. In particular, the Respondent:
- has been prohibited from conducting securities related business in any capacity while in the employ of or associated with a Member of the MFDA for a period of five years;
- has paid a fine of $15,000;
- has paid costs of $5,000; and
- shall in the future comply with MFDA Rules 1.1.2, 2.1.1, 2.2.1, and 2.5.1.
A copy of the Reasons for Decision is available on the MFDA website at www.mfda.ca. During the period described in the Reasons for Decision, 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.