Financial Regulatory Forum

EXCLUSIVE-Ex-AIG unit head Cassano back in US; probe intensifies

The American International Group (AIG) office building is seen in the City of London on September 16, 2008. REUTERS/Andrew Winning      (BRITAIN) By Lilla Zuill and Grant McCool
WESTPORT, Conn./NEW YORK, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Joseph Cassano has come home to face the music.
The former AIG executive closely associated with one of the most sensational collapses in corporate history, recently slipped back into the United States.

Under intensifying investigations by the FBI and other agencies, the 54-year-old Cassano had until recently been living in London.

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SCENARIOS-US weighs how to rebuild depleted bank insurance fund

Federal Deposit and Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Sheila Bair,  June 17, 2009. By Karey Wutkowski
WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – U.S. bank regulators plan to meet next week to propose options for replenishing the insurance fund used to safeguard bank deposits, including tapping a line of credit with the Treasury Department.

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AIG stabilizes, new bailout plan considered

The American International Group (AIG) building is seen in New York, March 24, 2009. WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Insurer American International Group Inc’s once-desperate financial state has started to stabilize, a government agency said on Monday, as an influential lawmaker said he would look at easing the terms of the insurer’s federal bailout once more.

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UK to crack down on tax avoidance

Britain's Financial Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Timms arrives at 11 Downing Street in London June 8, 2009. LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Britain’s Labour government will use its upcoming prebudget report to clamp down on tax avoidance, Treasury minister Stephen Timms said on Monday.

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EXCLUSIVE: AIG CEO defends holiday, slams “lynch mob” attacks

By Adam TaThe new CEO of American International Group Inc Robert Benmosche smiles during an interview with Reuters in the garden of his Adriatic seafront villa in Dubrovnik, Croatia, August 26, 2009.nner

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (Reuters) – Wearing flip-flops, khaki shorts and a green polo shirt, the new chief executive of bailed-out insurer American International Group Inc says he’s getting a lot of work done from his massive villa overlooking the Adriatic.

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SEC review of AIG probed disclosure ‘inconsistencies’

MARKETS-JAPAN-STOCKS    NEW YORK, Aug 17 (Reuters) – The adequacy of AIG’s disclosure on derivatives that drove it to the edge of collapse was questioned by regulators months before the insurer’s federal bailout last September, according to newly released correspondence.
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INTERVIEW – LCH.Clearnet wary of clearing some CDSs – chief executive

By Karen Brettell and Jonathan Spicer
NEW YORK, July 29 (Reuters) – LCH.Clearnet plans to offer clearing services for credit default swaps based on European indexes, but is wary about clearing contracts written on the debt of single issuers, Chief Executive Roger Liddell said in an interview on Wednesday.

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Efforts to ban “naked” CDSs could face limits

Swiss Re was hit hard by losses in credit default swapsBy Karen Brettell
NEW YORK, July 28 (Reuters) – Efforts to limit speculation with credit default swaps may be ineffective as the large dealers that account for the vast majority of volumes in the market are likely to be exempt from any ban.

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US push on derivatives market reform comes clearer

By Kevin DrU.S. Representative Barney Frankawbaugh
WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – The shape of the U.S. government’s proposed crackdown on the $450-trillion over-the-counter derivatives market became clearer on Monday, with Congress poised to move forward this week on other aspects of a sweeping overhaul of U.S. financial regulation.

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