Illegal insider trading - Carl Larivière fined over $89,000

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Montréal - On December 16, 2015, Judge Éric Downs of the Court of Québec, district of Montréal, ordered Carl Larivière to pay fines totalling $89,776 for illegal insider trading, further to an agreement entered into by the parties.

Stiff penalties for use of privileged information

Carl Larivière, who served as corporate controller at TransForce Inc. (TransForce) at the time of the facts at issue, pleaded guilty to five charges. With respect to the first charge related to the use of privileged information in connection with a transaction in the securities of a company about to be acquired by TransForce, Carl Larivière was ordered to pay a fine of $49,776, which is six times higher than the profit generated by the transaction.

As well, with respect to the four other charges, he was ordered to pay twice the minimum fine, namely, a total of $40,000, for giving other persons a recommendation to carry out transactions based on the same information that was not disclosed to the public.

This decision is further to the penal proceedings launched by the AMF in August 2015.

The Autorité des marchés financiers (the AMF) is the regulatory and oversight body for Québec's financial sector.

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