Financial Regulatory Forum

BNP’s ‘huge’ role in undermining U.S. Sudan sanctions behind looming tough penalty, sources say

June 19, 2014
By Brett Wolf, Compliance Complete ST. LOUIS, June 18 – The pivotal role BNP Paribas played in helping Sudan sell oil in violation of U.S. sanctions is the major reason U.S. authorities are pushing for harsh penalties against the French banking giant, two sources with firsthand knowledge of the matter said.”BNP basically was the Sudanese economy. They were just huge in helping the government of Sudan evade U.S. sanctions,” one of the sources said.BNP’s role involved removing references to Sudanese parties from wire-transfer messages, so U.S. dollar oil payments could clear through New York and move into accounts controlled by Khartoum, the sources said. The sources declined to name the buyers of the Sudanese oil or to say what Khartoum did with the revenue.

Ending the era of bank bailouts

By Reuters Staff
July 9, 2010

The following is a guest post by Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law at Boston University School of Law, and a former assistant general counsel to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. The opinions expressed are his own.

Financial regulation scorecard

By Daniel Lippman
June 16, 2010

A House-Senate conference committee must find a middle ground between financial regulation bills passed by the two chambers. The committee’s final report could differ from earlier versions.

Swiss may need laws on banks’ structure-experts

April 22, 2010

    BERNE, April 22 (Reuters) – Switzerland may have to force its large banks UBS<UBSN.VX> and Credit Suisse<CSGN.VX> to change their structure in order to limit the risks for the economy should either collapse, a government commission said on Thursday. (more…)

from The Great Debate:

Taxing spoils of the financial sector

April 22, 2010

If you want less of something, tax it.

That truism is often used as an argument against a tax on profits, or health benefits, or employment, but in the case of the rents extracted from the economy by the financial services industry here's hoping it proves more of a promise than a threat.

New capital targets to cushion all loan losses-Irish regulator

April 21, 2010

    DUBLIN, April 21 (Reuters) – Ireland’s financial regulator said the strict new capital levels Irish banks must meet will cushion losses on smaller loans and not just the riskier batches being moved to the country’s “bad bank.” (more…)

from MacroScope:

A “Greed Tax” on banks

April 21, 2010

The International Monetary Fund has done what it was bid by the G20  and come up with proposals for getting banks to pay for the government help they receive when they get in trouble.  You can read the actual wording here, but it comes down to this:

ANALYSIS – Obama tackles Wall Street reform in next big push

By Reuters Staff
March 25, 2010

By Caren Bohan

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) – Fresh from his victory on landmark healthcare legislation, U.S. President Barack Obama is ready to take on Wall Street.

US FDIC extends protection for securitized assets

March 12, 2010

   By Karey Wutkowski
   WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) – U.S. bank regulators  extended a policy on Thursday that protects securitized assets in the event that a bank fails and is seized by regulators. (more…)

Czech central bank sees banks withstanding shocks

February 23, 2010

    PRAGUE, Feb 23 (Reuters) – The Czech banking system will maintain sufficient capital adequacy in all projected scenarios of economic and market development, central bank stress tests showed on Tuesday. (more…)