SFC Suspends{X} for Hawking of Futures Contracts

15 Dec 2004



The SFC has suspended the licence of {X} as a representative for four months under the Securities and Futures Ordinance (SFO) for misconduct relating to hawking of futures contracts. {X} is suspended from 15 December 2004 to 14 April 2005 (Note 1).

The suspension follows {X}’s conviction at the Eastern Magistracy of hawking of futures contracts contrary to the Commodities Trading Ordinance (Note 2).

From around April 2001 to December 2002, {X} made unsolicited calls to prospective clients by way of telephone calls and visits in person to promote the trading of futures contracts on commodities exchanges in Japan. {X} gave the prospective clients promotional materials and recommendations to buy the futures contracts through his employer. {X} asked each of the clients to open an account with his employer to trade futures contracts.

The SFC inquiry into the misconduct of {X} found that he failed to comply with relevant law and regulations. The SFC concludes that {X}’s fitness and properness has been called into question and decides to suspend him.

In determining {X}’s penalty, the SFC has taken into account of {X}’s co-operation and his genuine remorse for his misconduct. {X} received a shorter suspension than the SFC had originally proposed because he admitted that his actions were wrong.

Mr Alan Linning, SFC’s Executive Director of Enforcement, said: "Under the SFO, any call made not by express invitation of the person called upon with a view to inducing that person to enter into an agreement to purchase or sell regulated investment products is a criminal offence. It is important for a licensed representative to understand and recognise what constitutes an unsolicited call and to exercise due care to ensure that his or her marketing effort and strategies comply with the law."

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Notes to Editor:

1. {X} is a licensed representative in Type 2 (dealing in futures contracts) regulated activity accredited to Tanrich Futures Limited.
2. Please refer to the press release issued on 21 April 2004.



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