Prepare your mediation request
The Ombudsman handles complaints and mediation requests in accordance with law and equity, issuing recommendations in order to reach out-of-court settlement and avoid legal proceedings. The mediation procedure is set down in a charter and takes place in several stages.
To facilitate the handling of your case, you must prepare a written complaint that is both clear and precise. You should give
- a full description of your case, together with a timeline, and the initiatives you have already taken
- details of the amicable settlement you wish to reach (cancellation, execution, compensation). In the case of compensation, provide an estimate of the damages you feel you have suffered.
When submitting your complaint, you should include copies of any items that may be useful to the Ombudsman when examining the case, notably your correspondence with the person responsible for the damages you consider you have suffered, as well as all supporting documents.
The evidence to be submitted to the Ombudsman varies depending on the nature of your complaint. The table below lists the documents that will be useful for dealing with your case. The list is indicative only, and you may send any other document you think relevant. Likewise, when examining your case, the Ombudsman may ask more additional materials.
Documents to submit
|Your complaint||Information / documents to provide|
A buy/sell order for a financial instrument is not executed properly.
|You have a complaint about the Deferred Settlement Service, SRD (margin/rollover/purchase)|
|A trade is cancelled|
|A request to buy or redeem fund units or shares is not executed properly.|
|Your request to redeem fund shares/units is denied.|
|You are not provided with information about a material change in the characteristics of a fund you have invested in.|
|You receive a personal recommendation about a financial instrument transaction or an investment service that does not comply with your aims, financial situation and experience in the field of finance.|
|The financial instruments you invested in on the advice of your usual financial intermediary or a direct seller have fallen in value.|
|You are charged fees that do not match the general terms and conditions of business you received.|
|When a financial product (structured fund, EMTN, etc.) matures, you receive an amount that is inconsistent with what was shown in the documentation supplied when you invested.|
|Your request to transfer or close your security account or personal equity plan is not executed on time.|
|You are not informed beforehand about a corporate action (eg share contribution/exchange in a tender offer, exercise or sale of pre-emptive rights in a capital increase).|
|The instructions you gave about a corporate action are not executed properly.|
|Financial instruments, or cash from the sale of them, are delivered late.|
|Buy/sell entries are recorded on your security account with no prior instructions from you.|
|An asset manager carries out a transaction that does not comply with the investment objective in the mandate.|
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