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London looks set to take the hit from hard Brexit

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By Ian Fraser Published: The Times Date: 30 May 2017 Hard Brexit would cost the financial services sector and UK economy dear as firms lay plans to relocate thousands of jobs elsewhere in Europe Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, warns that the City of London “will stall” and see …

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Just how corrupt is the UK?

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By Ian Fraser 13 May 2016 How corrupt is Britain? Over the past few days quite a few people have been insisting Britain isn’t corrupt. They claim to see nothing wrong with Cameron describing countries such as Afghanistan and Nigeria, whose leaders were in London for the Anti-Corruption Summit in Lancaster House this week, …

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Hervé Falciani: HSBC leaks are the tip of the iceberg

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February 14th, 2015 (updated February 20th, 2015) Hervé Falciani is the man behind the largest leak in banking history. In this interview, filmed in February 2014), he told the British filmmaker Nick Francis why he had little choice but to become a whistleblower after he discovered that the board of directors of …

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Bill Black: We’ve given bankers a licence to defraud

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February 7th, 2015 As a U.S. Federal litigator, Bill Black had a pivotal role in ensuring that hundreds of the bankers behind the U.S. savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s were put behind bars. Since then, he’s become increasingly exasperated by his country’s failure to prosecute any senior bankers for the …

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FCA colluded to cover up alleged HSBC fraud

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January 23, 2015 (corrected March 2, 2015. See note) When John Griffith-Jones and Martin Wheatley, chairman and chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority, appear before the Treasury Select Committee at 9.30am next Tuesday, 27 January, the 13 MPs on the committee have an unprecedented opportunity to establish whether the FCA, just like its predecessor the FSA, is colluding …

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

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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 …

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The Parliamentary Review: Review of the Year in Finance

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By Ian Fraser Published: The Parliamentary Review Date: September 30th, 2013 The Libor scandal It was described as the banking industry’s ‘tobacco moment’. In June last year, Barclays was fined £290 million by US and UK regulators and judicial authorities after it admitted to systematically rigging the London Inter-Bank Offered …

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HSBC’s $1.9bn settlement sets (another) dangerous precedent

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December 15th, 2012 Image: WilliamBanzai7 The ‘settlements’ that London-headquartered banks HSBC and Standard Chartered have reached with the US authorities over serious criminal offences — including sanctions-busting and aiding and abetting terrorism and the global drug trade — are a travesty of justice. Even The Economist, a publication of which I …

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Britain’s corporate failures invite a governance revolution

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November 18th, 2012 Image: WilliamBanzai7 The bigwigs of the City of London, corporate governance ‘gurus’ in asset-management firms and leading figures from FTSE-100 companies have a penchant for patting themselves on the back over the brilliance of the corporate governance framework they have erected over the past two decades. The UK Corporate Governance …