The SRO membership process is lengthy and expensive. We can help you at two stages:
Do you need to be an SRO member?
What are the advantages and disadvantages?
Would it be advantageous to take over an existing dealer? We can help with the due diligence if you do.
What’s the best strategy to transition from one type of dealer to another?
The application process:
Drafting the application
Drafting a business plan.
Capital – how much will you need?
Selecting a carrying broker.
Developing policies and procedures
Individual approval requirements and exemptions.
We understand how to work with regulators and make their jobs easier, too. When we work on an application, the regulator knows that it will be thorough and professional. This can help expedite your file and built up a level of goodwill that will help resolve later issues quickly and satisfactorily.
Negotiating with regulators
The regulation of financial services in Canada is more principles-based than in many other countries, and is continuing to move away from prescription. The issues are not always clear-cut and the requirements are not specific.
Regulators do not want cookie cutter solutions; they want something that fits with both their standards and your particular business. Nearly every situation is unique. We can work with you to develop solutions that address the intent of the rules and working for your business. And we can help persuade the regulators that the solution achieves those goals, or help develop the final touches that will meet their expectations.
Dealers we have assisted:
All Group Financial Services Inc.
BBS Securities Inc.
GMP Private Client LP
Genuity Capital Markets Inc.
OMG Wealth Management Inc.
optionsXpress Canada Corp.
Secutor Capital Management Corporation
Toll Cross Securities Inc.