HK regulator suspends former rep of Ewarton Securities for breaching Code of Conduct

Maria Nikolova

Mr Mung Wai Sun has been suspended for nine months from 18 September 2020 to 17 June 2021.

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) today announces that it has suspended Mr Mung Wai Sun, a former licensed representative of Ewarton Securities Limited, for nine months from 18 September 2020 to 17 June 2021.

The disciplinary action follows an SFC investigation which found that between May 2017 and March 2018, Mung effected transactions in a client’s account on a discretionary basis without obtaining the client’s prior written authorization.

The SFC’s investigation also discovered that Mung failed to ensure transactions undertaken on behalf of the client were given priority over orders for his own account during the material time.

A review of these transactions revealed that orders placed for Mung’s account were within 30 seconds ahead of those in the same securities and same direction placed for the client’s account in at least 542 pairs of transactions and 133 of which ended up with more favourable outcomes to Mung’s personal account. The orders placed for Mung’s account were either executed at a better price than those for the client’s account or he was able to execute the sale or purchase of more shares at the same price than the client.

The regulator considers that Mung’s conduct was in breach of the Code of Conduct.

In determining the sanction, the SFC took into account a variety of factors, including the duration of Mung’s misconduct, his remorse and his otherwise clean disciplinary record.

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