MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 30, 2010) - The Autorité des marchés financiers (the "AMF") today announced that it plans to use the monies collected following the investigation into the Canadian asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) market for the purpose of consumer education and investor protection, the prevention of financial market offences, and enforcement.
On December 21, 2009, the AMF announced that it had reached settlements with National Bank Financial and Laurentian Bank Securities. The AMF maintained that these institutions failed to adequately respond to issues in the third party ABCP market, as they continued to buy and/or sell without engaging compliance and other appropriate processes for assessing the impact of such issues. Under the settlements, the AMF collected $72.8 million in administrative penalties.
Consumer education and investor protection
In accordance with the Act respecting the Autorité des marchés financiers, the AMF will pay 50% of the monies collected into the Education and Good Governance Fund (EGGF), which is dedicated to education and knowledge. The EGGF helps to educate consumers and protect investors, promote good governance, and enhance knowledge in all fields related to the AMF's mission.
Securities enforcement and crime prevention
The AMF will use the remaining half of the monies collected to develop new initiatives to enhance securities enforcement and prevent financial market offences. Its goal is to maximize the use of human and technological resources for financial market information and monitoring.
The AMF plans in particular to draw on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a basis for creating a team of financial market specialists dedicated to trends, the latest practices and new products. This team, which will include economists, financial analysts and other specialists, will be mandated to assist and support the AMF staff assigned to investigations, inspections and securities markets.
The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) is the regulatory and oversight body for Québec's financial sector.