Financial Regulatory Forum

UBS felony plea in Libor deal ushers in tougher enforcement era

By Guest Contributor
December 21, 2012

By Nick Paraskeva, Compliance Complete contributor

NEW YORK, Dec. 21 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - The UBS felony fraud plea for manipulating reporting of the Libor interbank lending rate marks a regulatory turning point towards tougher enforcement. After the U.S. election confirmed Dodd-Frank is here to stay, and with most Group of 20 reforms mapped out, rulemaking will proceed at a slower pace. The shift will impact the financial-industry, both in the U.S. and globally, which will face a greater supervisory willingness to impose high penalties, and a focus on ethical compliance.

Record-setting bank forfeiture at ING ignites debate over lack of banker prosecutions

By Guest Contributor
June 20, 2012

By Brett Wolf

NEW YORK, June 20 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – A lack of any criminal prosecutions associated with the U.S. government’s deal last week in which Dutch bank ING agreed to forfeit a record $619 million for helping Iranians and Cubans pump billions of dollars through the U.S. financial system has drawn accusations that U.S. law enforcement agencies would rather collect fines than punish individual executives. (more…)

Switzerland says goodbye to light touch regulation

By Guest Contributor
May 3, 2012

By Rachel Wolcott

LONDON, May 3 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - These days even the Swiss are fed up with their bankers. The financial crisis has riled Swiss citizens to the point that the Alpine country’s reputation for light-touch financial regulation will soon be a thing of the past. In a direct democracy such as Switzerland, where every citizen can vote on laws and even propose them, the people have spoken. What they have said is: we want more rules and regulation for bankers and asset managers.

The compliance lessons, so far, arising from the UBS rogue trader

By Guest Contributor
September 23, 2011

LONDON, Sept. 23 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – UBS’s loss of $2.3 billion has hit the headlines worldwide, and while full details of what went wrong are unlikely to be public in the near future there are already compliance lessons for other firms. UK and Swiss regulators have launched an investigation into:

Rogue traders will always pose risk to compliance controls, says industry

By Guest Contributor
September 16, 2011

Traders work at their desks in front of the DAX indexBy Martin Coyle and Alex Robson

LONDON/NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – The $2 billion rogue trading incident at UBS demonstrates that determined individuals will always be able to circumvent internal systems and controls despite the recent regulatory scrutiny on this area, industry officials said. The case also highlighted the need for banks to think about their reward structures, they added.

ANALYSIS-Asia next in line of fire for U.S. tax police

By Reuters Staff
July 7, 2010

By Jason Rhodes, Kevin Lim and Joe Rauch

ZURICH/SINGAPORE/CHARLOTTE, July 7 (Reuters) – After forcing Switzerland’s top bank UBS  to its knees for helping U.S. residents dodge taxes, U.S. authorities are moving on other banks and countries used to hide clients’ cash.

Seven insider dealing suspects head for UK court

By Reuters Staff
April 14, 2010

   LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – Seven men charged with running an insider trading ring with information gleaned from the London printers of Swiss bank UBS AG <UBSN.VX><UBS.N> and UK brokerage Cazenove <JPM.N> will appear in a British court on Wednesday. (more…)

SPECIAL REPORT – How the U.S. cracked open secret vaults at UBS

By Reuters Staff
April 9, 2010

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By Lisa Jucca

ZURICH, April 9 (Reuters)- After the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, Switzerland’s largest bank was teetering. UBS, which was more than three times bigger than Lehman in terms of assets, had to write down some $50 billion during that tumultuous period.

Former UBS chairman willing to give evidence-report

March 9, 2010

   ZURICH, March 9 (Reuters) – Former UBS <UBS.N><UBSN.VX> chairman Marcel Ospel is willing to give evidence to a parliamentary committee into the Swiss government’s bailout of the bank during the financial crisis, daily Blick reported on Tuesday. (more…)

IRS to take “macro” approach on U.S. foreign bank law

By Reuters Staff
March 2, 2010

By Kim Dixon

WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) – Foreign banks will likely not need to identify holders of millions of U.S. accounts individually, a top U.S. tax official said, in the run-up to a new reporting law aimed at catching wealthy tax dodgers.