IIROC Sanctions Bardya Ziaian

Type: Enforcement Notice> Decision


Andrew P. Werbowski
Director, Enforcement Litigation
Julia Mackenzie
Public Affairs Specialist

May 31, 2022 (Toronto, Ontario) – On May 20, 2022, a Hearing Panel of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) accepted a Settlement Agreement, with sanctions, between IIROC staff and Bardya Ziaian.

Mr. Ziaian admitted that between August 2013 and December 2013, he failed to make bona fide offerings of new issues to public investors in circumstances where he ought to have known that the expressions of interest were not bona fide, contrary to Dealer Member Rule 29.3.

Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, Mr. Ziaian agreed to the following penalty:

  1. payment of a fine of $150,000, inclusive of disgorgement; and
  2. prohibition of approval for the following supervisory positions for 18 months commencing on the date of acceptance of this Settlement Agreement: Ultimate Designated Person, Chief Compliance Officer, and Supervisor, as defined in IIROC Rules.

Mr. Ziaian also agreed to pay costs in the amount of $35,000.

The Settlement Agreement is available at:

Ziaian, Bardya – Settlement Agreement

The Hearing Panel’s decision will be made available at www.iiroc.ca.

IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Mr. Ziaian’s conduct in May 2015. The violations occurred while he was a Registered Representative at Toronto-based BBS Securities Inc., an IIROC-regulated firm. Mr. Ziaian is no longer a registrant with an IIROC-regulated firm.

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