DFSA enforces fine ‘in the UK’ against sanctioned individual

By Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 29 January 2019: The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), the independent regulator of financial services conducted in or from the DIFC, has successfully enforced payment of a fine imposed on an individual. This enforcement action demonstrates the DFSA’s commitment to take the necessary steps to enforce the regulatory actions it imposes.

As set out in its two media releases dated 19 July 2017 and 28 May 2018 respectively, in May 2017 the DFSA took action against Andrew John Grimes including imposing a fine of US$52,500 (Dh192, 675) and restricting him from performing any function in connection with the provision of Financial Services in or from the DIFC.

While Grimes did not challenge the DFSA’s findings against him, he failed to pay the fine by the date it was due. Therefore, in 2018 the DFSA commenced proceedings in the DIFC Courts to enforce payment of the fine by Grimes, and obtained judgment in its favour in May 2018. Accordingly, the DFSA required Grimes to pay the debt owed pursuant to the judgment.

Following Grimes’ continued failure to make the payment, the DFSA took formal legal steps to pursue him in the United Kingdom in the latter half of 2018. As a result, Grimes eventually paid the debt in January 2019.

Bryan Stirewalt, Chief Executive of the DFSA, said: “The DFSA ensures that there are real and significant consequences for firms and individuals not complying with our rules while operating in or from the DIFC. We are committed to our statutory objectives and will take all available and appropriate steps to rigorously enforce any fine we have imposed on a person, regardless of the location of the person or the person’s assets. By doing so, the DFSA seeks to protect direct or indirect users or prospective users of the financial services industry in the DIFC and deter similar breaches by other individuals or firms.”

The DFSA remains committed to delivering a robust enforcement framework, conducting investigations and taking enforcement action in respect of contraventions of its laws and regulations to protect investors and the reputation and integrity of DIFC financial services.