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How London became the money-laundering capital of the world

July 15th, 2012 By Rowan Bosworth-Davies Speaking on the Marr Show on BBC One on March 23rd, the former Daily Telegraph editor and historian Max Hastings said a “senior central banker” recently told him that London is now considered to be the “money-laundering capital of the world”. Hastings was discussing the shooting of a Russian […]

July 15th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Talking Li(e)borgate on the Keiser Report

July 13th, 2012 On Tuesday, I was interviewed by Max Keiser of the Keiser Report about the UK’s lack of appetite for prosecuting  ‘white collar’ crime. Max also asked me about the Libor rigging scandal, swaps misselling by UK banks, and much else besides. The progeamme was broadcast on Wednesday night and made available via […]

July 13th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Durable change a long way off for UK’s scandal-ridden banking system

By Prem Sikka, University of Essex July 8th, 2012 The role of Barclays bank in manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) continues to dominate international financial media. The bank has already attracted fines from regulators in the UK and theUSA. But further revelations are likely as US Senate Committees are flexing their muscles, the UK […]

July 9th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Do big banks need to worry about being found out over Libor?

July 8th, 2012 The eventual outcome of the global Libor rigging scandal is impossible to call at this stage. There is a body of opinion that it might end up being a storm in a teacup (sounds familiar?), given that regulators and courts might end up stuggling to establish who got scammed and the true […]

July 8th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Clydesdale’s retreat

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: May 6th, 2012   It was supposed to be Scotland’s safe bank. What went wrong? By Ian Fraser Call it Cameron Clyne’s ‘Derby’ moment. At a council of war in that East Midlands city in 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie had to concede that weak generalship, poor logistics and […]

May 6th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Sentencing of former Nigerian politician highlights London’s role as world-leading money laundering centre

April 16th, 2012 Barclays, Citibank, HSBC and Abbey National (now owned by Santander) helped to launder some $250 million for James Ibori,  former the former governor of Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta State. The money was almost entirely siphoned from state funds. Ibori has been described by Sahara Reporters as:- “one of the most ingenious and mindless embezzlers of […]

April 16th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Without a proper inquiry into what went wrong, Vickers is pissing into the wind

By Ian Fraser Published: QFINANCE Date: September 14th, 2011 The Independent Banking Commission was established by the UK’s coalition government in June 2010 as a means of kicking a thorny and divisive issue into the long grass. At the time, the divisions within the coalition government over what to do about the UK’s bloated and dysfunctional banking sector were […]

September 14th, 2011 | Posted in Article Library,Latest Articles | Read More »

Libor-rigging probe raises questions about strength of banks’ ‘Chinese walls’

March 28th, 2011 One of the biggest financial scandals of recent weeks involves the alleged “rigging” of Libor rates by a group of the world’s largest banks. One theory is that banks colluded to lowball interbank borrowing costs to deceive investors and quell fears about bank creditworthiness as the financial crisis intensified in 2007-08. The story […]

March 28th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

‘Project Merlin’ doesn’t quite do what it says on tin

February 8th, 2011 Project Merlin, the wizard scheme originally dreamt up in 2010 by ex-Barclays chief executive John Varley and RBS chairman Sir Philip Hampton, in the hope of  appeasing the government and drawing a line under the “banker bashing”, has descended into farce. The project started with the legitimate hope from the bankers that, […]

February 8th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

BoE’s Bailey makes heavy hints on TBTF

January 14th, 2011 We already know that financial regulation is due for a radical shake-up in the UK, but Andrew Bailey, executive director and chief cashier at the Bank of England, has given the clearest signal yet that the structure of the banking sector will also be overhauled. In a speech on the outlook for […]

January 14th, 2011 | Posted in Blog | Read More »