The Qatar Financial Centre (“QFC”) Regulatory Authority (the “Regulatory Authority”) today announced that it had agreed a settlement with Mr. John Hasberry to impose a financial penalty of USD $200,000 and a three-year prohibition from his performance of any function, or being employed by any authorised firm in the QFC for three years, owing to serious misconduct as an approved individual.
Mr. Hasberry was a director of Guardian Wealth Management Qatar LLC (in liquidation) (“GWMQ”) and approved individual in the Executive Governance Function for GWMQ. GWMQ was an insurance intermediary firm that sold mainly long-term savings plans in Qatar.
The Regulatory Authority settled the matter and imposed the financial penalty and prohibition following the completion of an investigation which identified that Mr. Hasberry’s conduct fell substantially below the Principles of Conduct for an Approved Individual in the Executive Governance Function. Mr Hasberry’s contraventions included:
a. Failing to act with due skill, care and diligence in relation to his oversight of the GWMQ’s compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorist Financing Rules 2010, particularly the systemic deficiencies in GWMQ’s AML/CFT policies, procedures, systems and controls;
b. Failing to act with due skill, care and diligence in relation to his oversight of GWMQ’s compliance with the Governance and Controlled Functions Rules 2012 and General Rules 2005, the effect of which is that the Regulatory Authority has found that GWMQ failed to:
c. Failing to give appropriate priority to his management responsibilities and failing to ensure that GWMQ’s business was effectively supervised and controlled, and complied with Regulatory Authority Rules.
The action taken by the Regulatory Authority emphasises the standards required of directors of authorised firms to ensure effective governance standards and systems and controls to combat illicit finance.
Source: Press release
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