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Jul 24, 2014

Lloyds fine in LIBOR rigging probe to be announced next week -sources

July 24 (Reuters) – The long-awaited fine on Britain’s
Lloyds Banking Group in relation to the benchmark
interest rate (LIBOR) fixing allegations will be announced next
week, two sources familiar with the inquiry told Reuters.

One source said the settlement, which will be the seventh
joint UK and U.S. penalty in this inquiry, could be in the
ballpark of 200 million to 300 million pounds.

Jul 23, 2014

UK fraud office liaising with China on GSK bribery case

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s fraud office is working with authorities in China in a first for such Anglo-Chinese cooperation as it carries out its own investigation into alleged corruption at drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

“Certainly, so far as I am aware it is the first time we have had cooperation with the Chinese on an SFO case,” David Green, the head of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday.

Jul 23, 2014

British fraud prosecutor signals possible forex charges next year

LONDON (Reuters) – British prosecutors could charge the first individuals in connection with a global investigation into alleged manipulation of currency markets as soon as next year, the head of the country’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said on Wednesday.

David Green, who announced on Monday that the SFO would join U.S. prosecutors and regulators worldwide in investigating allegations of misconduct in the $5.3 trillion-per-day foreign exchange market, said he had “reasonable grounds” to suspect that an offense of serious or complex fraud was involved.

Jul 22, 2014

UK watchdog upholds $770,000 fine on “king of mining” banker

LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) – Britain’s financial watchdog has
upheld a 450,000 pound ($768,000) fine on former JPMorgan
banker Ian Hannam – a prominent dealmaker once dubbed
the “king of mining” – for market abuse after a protracted court
battle.

In an effort to clear his name, Hannam had fought to
overturn the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) initial
findings and fine of 2012. But in May, he lost his appeal in a
landmark case that fuelled a high-level debate about how
confidential information should be treated during deals.

Jul 17, 2014

UK financial watchdog has prioritized most serious Libor cases

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s financial watchdog said it had prioritized the worst cases of Libor benchmark interest rate fixing, providing a signal that the largest fines for banks’ alleged role in the scandal may already have been levied.

Ten banks and brokerages have paid around $6 billion to date to settle U.S. and European regulatory allegations that they manipulated rates such as Libor (London interbank offered rate), a benchmark against which around $450 trillion of financial products from derivatives to home loans are priced worldwide.

Jul 8, 2014

Ex-JPMorgan trader to challenge UK watchdog over London Whale decision

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – A former JPMorgan trader
charged in the United States over his alleged role in the $6.2
billion “London Whale” trading scandal has won the right to a
legal challenge of the British regulator’s decision to drop its
investigation into him.

Lawyers said the trader, Julien Grout, might want the
investigation to continue in Britain as its findings could
affect the case against him in the United States.

Jun 26, 2014

UK’s LSE shares surge on historic $2.7 bln U.S. index deal

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – The London Stock Exchange
has unveiled the largest purchase in its history,
snapping up U.S. indexes group Frank Russell for $2.7 billion to
move deeper into the world’s largest financial services market
and sending its shares surging.

Europe’s oldest independent bourse, which has fought off a
string of takeover approaches in its 213-year history, said on
Thursday it would help fund the acquisition with a $1.6 billion
rights issue of new stock.

Jun 18, 2014

Ex-Innospec directors found guilty over bribes to sell toxic fuel additives

LONDON (Reuters) – A former chief executive and regional sales director of U.S.-listed chemicals group Innospec (IOSP.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) were convicted in London on Wednesday of bribing Indonesian officials to boost sales of toxic fuel additives banned in Europe and the United States.

The unanimous guilty verdicts for Dennis Kerrison, 69, and Miltiades Papachristos, 51, bring to an end a drawn-out transatlantic investigation into how Innospec supplied Indonesia with products such as Tetraethyl Lead (TEL), which is banned in cars in western countries on health and environmental grounds.

Jun 10, 2014

UK’s ICAP told it might have broken EU antitrust rules over Libor

BRUSSELS/LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – The European Commission
has told Britain’s ICAP it might have broken antitrust
rules by taking part in cartels that helped rig benchmark
interest rates, the European Union’s antitrust enforcer said on
Tuesday.

The EU probe of ICAP is part of a global investigation into
the manipulation of Libor and Euribor, central cogs in the
financial system used to help price loans and swaps worldwide.
Authorities have already fined 10 banks and brokerages $6.0
billion and charged 16 people.

Jun 5, 2014

UK anti-fraud agency ‘examining data’ in currency fixing probe

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s anti-fraud agency is examining information from a global investigation into the possible manipulation of currency markets, in the first sign it might follow the United States in launching a criminal investigation.

Britain is keen to be at the forefront of a global inquiry into the $5 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market, partly because about 40 percent of it is based in London. Britain’s finance industry watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), began its own probe into currency markets last year.

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      "Based in London, I cover European financial regulation, banking and legal stories. Before that, I was European Telecommunications Correspondent and have worked on assignments in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Japan and Dublin."
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