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Serious Fraud Office Closes Forex Investigation

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) recently announced that it had closed its criminal investigation into allegations of fraudulent conduct in the foreign exchange (FX) market. The SFO began its investigation in July 2014...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.3.16

Craig Steven Wright—the Australian who claims to be famed Bitcoin mastermind Satoshi Nakamoto—is not exactly being welcomed with open (and unquestioning) arms – NYTimes... Stocks came booming back yesterday after a tough...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #19

FCA decides to ban former LIBOR trader - FCA has published its Decision Notice concerning a former derivatives trader at UBS, Arif Hussein, banning him from performing any significant influence function relating to any...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #18

PRA consults on Solvency 2’s MA - PRA is consulting on its proposed statement setting out its expectations on firms in relation to the application of the matching adjustment (MA). This is for the purposes of calculating...more

UK Regulator Bans Former LIBOR Trader from UK Financial Services Industry

The Financial Conduct Authority published a decision notice banning Mr Arif Hussein from the UK financial services industry. The FCA found Mr Hussein not to be a fit and proper person to carry out the functions of a trader or...more

Four Takeaways from the ABA Antitrust Section's 2016 Spring Meeting

Antitrust practitioners, enforcers and industry professionals came together in Washington, D.C. for the 64th installment of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law's annual Spring Meeting. The Spring Meeting provides a look at the...more

Former LIBOR Trader Banned and Censured by UK Conduct Regulator

The Financial Conduct Authority announced that it had banned former LIBOR trader Paul White from performing any financial regulated activity and publicly censured him. The FCA found that Mr. White was "knowingly concerned" in...more

Testing The 5th: Compelled Testimony From Foreign Regulators

The circumstances of the prosecution of Anthony Allen and Anthony Conti exemplify how cross-border cooperation and parallel investigations can give rise to novel issues in a subsequent criminal trial. Allen and Conti were...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.6.16

Talk about a regulation with teeth. Within days of the Treasury Department announcing new rules meant to discourage corporate tax inversion deals, Pfizer and Allergan announced they were scrapping their planned $152 billion...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #3

FCA considers competition powers - FCA Director of Competition, Deb Jones, spoke on FCA’s use of its competition powers. She looked at the problems faced when promoting competition without a “race to the bottom”...more

DOJ Announces Prison Sentences of Former Derivatives Traders for LIBOR Manipulation

On March 10, the DOJ announced that U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff sentenced two former derivatives traders for a Netherlands-based bank to prison for their roles in a scheme to manipulate the London Interbank Offered...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #16

Lloyd’s reports on complaints handling rules - Lloyd’s has published the March edition of its Conduct Standards Newsletter. It provides updates on recent changes to the complaints handling rules and requirements. It also...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.24.16

In a move that will surprise no regular reader here, Starboard Value has announced plans to put up its own slate of directors for Yahoo in an attempt to oust its “entire incumbent board” – NYTimes and WSJ... The Deal...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Hedging your bet—interest rate risk in financing transactions

The expression that “a rising tide lifts all boats” may be easy to disregard in today’s “low tide” of interest rates, but investors and companies that fail to have an appropriate hedge program in place risk being flooded by...more

UK Libor Fraud Supreme Court Appeal Application Blocked

London's Court of Appeal refused leave for Tom Hayes’ application to the UK Supreme Court to appeal his conviction. Mr. Hayes was convicted of eight charges of conspiracy to defraud and initially sentenced to 14 years in...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.9.16

United Continental shareholders (two hedge funds in particular) are not pleased, and they’re looking to former Continental CEO Gordon Bethune to do something about it. Bethune is one of a slate of 6 director candidates put...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #3

Regulators make SMR consequential changes - FCA has published a policy statement setting out its final position on making consequential changes relating to the SMR reflecting Treasury’s removal of the FSMA requirement...more

Financial Conduct Authority Bans Trader for LIBOR-Related Misconduct Based on US Criminal Conviction

The Financial Conduct Authority issued a final notice against Michael Rose Curtler prohibiting him from performing any function in relation to any regulated activity carried on by a UK authorized firm. This final notice arose...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #2

Regulators issue compliance statement for Sound Remuneration Policies PRA and FCA have issued a joint statement notifying EBA that the regulators will fully comply with EBA guidelines on Sound Remuneration Policies with...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #1

IOSCO reports on risk in the securities markets - IOSCO has published the 2016 edition of its Securities Markets Risk Outlook report, identifying and examining key trends in global financial markets and the potential...more

Second Review of Implementation of the International Principles for Financial Benchmarks

The International Organization of Securities Commissions published its Second Review of the Implementation of IOSCO's Principles for Financial Benchmarks by Administrators of the Euro Inter-Bank Offer Rate, the London...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - February 2016

Eye on the Courts—Recent Opinions and Rulings of Note - Why it matters: From a white collar and securities fraud standpoint, there has been a lot of noteworthy activity in the courts of late. The Supreme Court granted...more

2015 Year-End Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

Welcome to the 2015 Year-End Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters we...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.24.16

Wall Street’s internal watchdog, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (or Finra), is stepping back to take a whole-forest look at the “cultural values at more than a dozen brokerage firms,” in an effort to “understand...more

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