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Rowan Bosworth-Davies | It’s time we stopped assuming bankers are gentlemen

April 4th, 2012 In the third in a series of guest posts, Rowan Bosworth-Davies, a financial crime consultant and former Scotland Yard detective, examines the strange assumption that ultimately led to the failure of the FSA When I was a detective at the Metropolitan Police Company Fraud Department, in 1984, my commander sent me to the USA to […]

April 4th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Rowan Bosworth-Davies | Has the UK rediscovered its appetite for prosecuting ‘white collar’ crime?

March 16th, 2012 In the second in a series of guest posts, Rowan Bosworth-Davies, a financial crime consultant and former Scotland Yard detective, provides a historical perspective on the UK authorities’ lack of appetite for prosecuting high level financial crime Edwin Sutherland, the American sociologist and criminologist (pictured right), is perhaps best known for his 1949 book ‘White […]

March 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Rowan Bosworth-Davies | ‘Hector Sants is exactly what’s wrong with the City and its style of regulation’

March 20th, 2012 In this guest post, financial crime consultant and former Scotland Yard detective Rowan Bosworth-Davies, puts his finger on the fundamental flaws in the way in which the financial sector is regulated in the UK. He believes the major issue is a cultural one. If fellow bankers are in charge of the regulator […]

March 21st, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Was Mallett thrown to the wolves to save BoE’s skin?

November 12th, 2014 Guest Post by Rowan Bosworth-Davies One of the major unexplained elements in the foreign exchange (forex) rigging case is the level of knowledge of manipulative activity possessed by the Bank of England. If it, as a leading market participant and a regulator, had prior knowledge that the forex markets were being manipulated, or […]

November 12th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Barclays comes to regret letting flash boys plunge into its “dark pool”

June 26th, 2014 By Rowan Bosworth-Davies One of the over-riding principles of free and well-regulated markets is that everyone who seeks access to trade must be permitted equal rights to knowledge of the prices being quoted, whether “buy” or “sell”. Anything less, and the market becomes a private playground for insiders who seek to benefit from […]

June 27th, 2014 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Shredded: Inside RBS, The Bank That Broke Britain

Ian Fraser’s Shredded: Inside RBS, The Bank That Broke Britain has been named as a Book of the Year by the Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Week and Huffington Post and one of best books of the decade by the Financial Times. Shredded has also been described as the “definitive account” of Royal Bank of Scotland’s collapse, one of the five best books on the global financial crisis, “a model of […]

June 8th, 2014 | Posted in | Read More »

Bank robbery?

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: December 1st, 2013 In a recent Business Focus, the Sunday Herald presented a rough guide to the £1 trillion of time bombs metaphorically ticking beneath the plush carpets of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s headquarters. What we didn’t predict was that two of these would explode in the […]

December 1st, 2013 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

It’s time that errant bankers were made to grip the rails at the Old Bailey

October 18th, 2012 By Rowan Bosworth-Davies “Go where you will, in business parts, or meet who you like of businessmen, it is – and has been for the last three years – the same story and the same lament. Dishonesty, untruth, and what may, in plain English, be termed mercantile swindling within the limits of […]

October 18th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Martin Wheatley reveals himself to be no less ‘captured’ than his FSA predecessors

September 28th, 2012 (updated Sept 29th, 2012) In the days after the Libor scandal erupted with the Barclays settlement of June 27th, there was little doubt about it. Banks including Barclays had been systematically engaged in the rigging, and attempts to rig, the Libor interbank rates as well as other aspects of the financial markets […]

September 28th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Resolving the banking crisis will require radical surgery and quiet determination

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: August 12th, 2012 STANDARD Chartered, the London-headquartered bank that does most of its business in Asia, was – until the beginning of last week – the last good bank standing. It was one of the select band of banks to characterise themselves as a cut above the rest, having […]

August 12th, 2012 | Posted in Latest Articles | Read More »