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December 9, 2011
Michael Mitton Settles with the Ontario Securities Commission
TORONTO – The Ontario Securities Commission today approved a settlement agreement reached between Staff and Michael Mitton, who admitted to conduct contrary to the public interest relating to his trading in shares of Pender International Inc (“Pender”).
Michael Mitton admitted that, in the period between July 2004 and December 2004, trading in the securities of Pender was dominated by trading that he orchestrated, and was arranged between different accounts in a way that created a misleading appearance of trading activity, and artificially increased the share price of Pender.
Under the settlement agreement, Michael Mitton is permanently prohibited from trading in or acquiring any securities. He is prohibited from becoming an officer or director of any issuer or investment fund manager, or acting as a registrant, investment fund manager or promoter. Michael Mitton agreed to cease permanently from telephoning from within Ontario, to any residence within or outside Ontario, for the purpose of trading any security or any class of securities. Mitton also agreed that any exemptions contained in Ontario securities law do not apply to him.
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