September 16 2022 (Vancouver, British Columbia) – A hearing has been scheduled before a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) to consider whether the panel should accept a Settlement Agreement entered into between IIROC staff and BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. (“BMO NBI”).
The Settlement Agreement addresses proposed allegations that the Respondent violated Dealer Member Rules 38.1 and 2500 by failing to adequately supervise the activities of an RR in relation to two client accounts that involved high new issue commissions and high turnover ratios which should have raised suitability and conflict of interest concerns.
The hearing is not open to the public, but will become open in the event that the panel accepts the agreement. If the agreement is accepted, the Panel’s decision and the Settlement Agreement will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.
Hearing Date: The hearing will be held by way of videoconference on October 4, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. PT
IIROC formally initiated the investigation into BMO NBI’s conduct in January 2019. BMO NBI is an IIROC regulated firm.
The Notice of Application announcing the settlement hearing is available at:
BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. – Notice of Application
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