CommexFX and Director Fined for Misleading Cyprus Regulators

After suspending the license of CommexFX, CySEC reveals that it has fined the firm €100,000 and Abdel Rahman El Amary

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) just revealed today that it took several measures against CommexFX in the past. CySEC announced its board ruled on November 11, 2013, to impose an administrative fine of €30.000 on Abdel Rahman El Amary and another fine of €100.000 on CommexFX.

Last month, the financial watchdog announced it suspended the license of the firm over alleged violations that might possibly endanger clients’ interests and gave CommexFX fifteen day to take actions in order to comply with its regulation. After the time had passed and CommexFX did not comply, its license was further suspended.

CommexFX is a brokerage operating mainly in Egypt and China as well as other Asian markets. Abdel Rahman El Amary is the firm’s director as well as its owner. Among the reasons listed today by CySEC for the fine on CommexFX it mentioned: “One of the persons who headed the company through June of 2013 did not have the necessary good repute so as to ensure sound and prudent management,” likely referring to El Amary.

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Another noteworthy reason listed by the regulator is that the company has “not taken all possible measures to protect the interests of customers and prevent the use of customer funds for its own account.” This is because it did not keep the necessary files to separate client assets held for one client from assets held for any other client, and from its own assets.

CommexFX was also accused of providing “false and/or misleading information” that may hamper the ability of the regulators to carry out investigations necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the financial market and to maintain public confidence in it. The same offence appears in the ruling about El Amary, where CySEC adds that the seriousness that the legislator gives to such violations is reflected by the amount of the administrative penalty allowed by local law for such offenses.

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