Financial Regulatory Forum

Ontario Securities Commission fines, bans “qualified person” in landmark enforcement over faked science

April 5, 2013

By Daniel Seleanu, Compliance Complete

TORONTO, April 5 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – In a landmark settlement, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has fined and permanently banned Bernard Boily for falsifying scientific research used in press releases by Bear Lake Gold Ltd., a mining exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in Toronto. When Bear Lake Gold announced that its research had been tampered with, it suffered a one-day market capitalisation loss of $42 million.

U.S. class-action securities settlements fewer but more costly in 2012 after IPO slump, credit crisis; Libor looms

March 26, 2013

By Stuart Gittleman, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Mar. 26 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Court-approved securities class action settlements reported in 2012 were at a 14-year low and 18 percent fewer than in 2011 but they cost defendants twice as much as the prior year, a report released Wednesday said.

Collateral management reform could herald benefits for risk managers

July 30, 2012

By Rachel Wolcott

LONDON/NEW YORK, July 30 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Risk managers could benefit from the financial services industry’s revamp of collateral management services in preparation for the new regulatory requirements that will drive demand for high-quality collateral. New regulations for the clearing of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives through central counterparties (CCPs) alone could increase demand for high-quality collateral to $2 trillion or more, according to some estimates. In response, some firms are aiming for a more universal approach to collateral management.

Learn the compliance lessons from an epic fail in correspondent banking and trade finance

July 16, 2012

By Kim R. Manchester, Thomson Reuters Accelus contributing author

NEW YORK, July 16 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – A Settlement Agreement was released in June 2012 by the United States Department of the Treasury regarding the voluntary self-disclosure to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) by ING Bank, N.V. (ING Bank), a financial institution registered and organized in the Netherlands. The violations of numerous sanctions programs imposed by the United States against Cuba, Burma, the Sudan, Libya and Iran were determined by the Americans as “egregious.” (more…)

U.S. brokerage regulator warns of ‘unpleasant surprises’ on ETNs

July 11, 2012

By Stuart Gittleman

NEW YORK, July 11 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the U.S. brokerage regulator, warned investors Tuesday in an alert of the features and risks of exchange-traded notes.

Road shows, analysts and jumping the gun: the Facebook IPO

May 25, 2012

By Helen Parry, additional reporting by Julie Dimauro

LONDON/NEW YORK, May 25 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Facebook’s chaotic initial public offering has sparked much speculation and legal action based on the idea that securities laws and regulations over disclosure may have been breached, which would leave Facebook and others involved in the offering process liable to potential regulatory enforcement or civil liability for losses caused to investors.

Banking on Volcker: Big Crisis, Big Rule

October 19, 2011

By Thomson Reuters Accelus staff

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (Business Law Currents) – Banking lawyers should be forgiven if they’re not returning calls right away: they’re busy trying to digest the Volcker Rule (or “the rule”). The proposed rule’s 298-page doorstop represents the collective efforts of the Treasury Department, Fed, FDIC and SEC to implement §619 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which itself added a new §13 to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (the BHC Act). The intent of the Volcker Rule is to “generally prohibit any banking entity from engaging in proprietary trading or from acquiring or retaining an ownership interest in, sponsoring, or having certain relationships with a hedge fund or private equity fund (“covered fund”), subject to certain exemptions.”

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Financial cyber-bullying?

November 22, 2010

"They love a conspiracy theory on the boards," David Jones, chief market strategist at spread betting firm IG Index told UK correspondents Rosalba O'Brien and Matt Scuffham when they were reporting for "The stock, the web, the CEO and his lawyers" . It's a look at some of the shenanigans around highly speculative resource stocks when they are discussed on message boards like  ADVFN and iii. Late-night gossip and personal insults are par for the course: some suspect organised short-sellers may be behind the talk. Given the high volumes of online trading in the UK, we wonder how long it will be before regulator FSA is forced to take a closer look.

Government intervention said unlikely in EU share-data fragmentation

September 8, 2009

By Huw Jones
LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Fragmentation of share trading data makes it harder for European investors to spot the best prices but there is no appetite so far for public intervention, industry officials said on Tuesday.
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Nasdaq, BATS to stop “flash orders” as SEC plans ban

August 7, 2009

By Jonathan Spicer
NEW YORK, Aug 6 (Reuters) – The Nasdaq Stock Market and BATS Exchange said in separate statements on Thursday they will “voluntarily” stop offering so-called flash orders, a controversial service that gives certain firms an advance look at market-bound trading orders. (more…)