ASC outlines compliance review of EMDs

January 20, 2012

Last week, the Alberta Securities Commission released a staff notice providing a summary of staff's initial compliance reviews of firms registered as exempt market dealers (EMDs). The notice highlights issues identified in staff's review and provides guidance with respect to suggested practices. Common issues identified include: (i) policies and procedures not reflecting EMDs' actual business practices; (ii) inconsistencies between clients' tolerance for risk and the types of securities that EMDs sell; (iii) an inability by some EMDs to demonstrate having conducted an appropriate level of due diligence to satisfy the suitability requirement; and (iv) EMDs not always adequately disclosing relationships to clients with respect to issuers, ownership of securities, outside business activities, and risks related to borrowing money for the purposes of making financial investments.

The notice also provides information regarding the compliance activities to be performed by ASC staff in the future. For more information, see ASC Staff Notice 33-704 Review of Exempt Market Dealers.

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