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Carol Goodwin, director, Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited

Best behaviour – corporate governance in a new world

Fri, 20/07/2012 - 09:10

Guernsey’s much discussed corporate governance code came into effect at the beginning of the year. Carol Goodwin (pictured) highlights its key principles, asserting that good corporate governance is about board behaviour and not always about the rules. »

Gavel

Firm to pay USD127.5m to settle charges

Fri, 20/07/2012 - 06:01

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged the US investment banking subsidiary of Japan-based Mizuho Financial Group and three former employees with misleading investors in a collateralised debt obligation by using “dummy assets” to inflate the deal’s credit ratings. »

Short selling

Short selling brothers agree to pay USD14.5m to settle SEC charges

Thu, 19/07/2012 - 12:07

Two options traders who the Securities and Exchange Commission charged earlier this year with short selling violations have agreed to pay more than USD14.5m to settle the case against them. »

Locked money

Futures industry SRO committee proposals to strengthen safeguards for segregated funds

Wed, 18/07/2012 - 14:11

A special committee composed of representatives from the futures industry's self-regulatory organisations (SRO) has proposed additional requirements to SRO rules and regulatory practices designed to strengthen safeguards for customer segregated and secured funds held at the firm. »

Regulation books

Investment management industry facing regulatory avalanche of disparate rules, says KPMG

Wed, 18/07/2012 - 14:06

In its fourth annual analysis of global financial regulations, KPMG says investment managers continue to face daunting challenges brought on by a changing global regulatory environment, which is fraught with unanswered questions and an array of differing rules in each region. »

Report and magnifying glass

NFA to review FCM audit practices relating to customer segregated funds

Tue, 17/07/2012 - 14:22

Following last week’s emergency enforcement action against Peregrine Financial Group, National Futures Association has requested an internal review of its audit practices and procedures. »

Ponzi scheme

California court fines Gordon Driver and Axcess USD41m for commodity pool Ponzi scheme

Tue, 17/07/2012 - 12:20

The US District Court for the Central District of California has entered a final judgment and permanent injunction order against defendants Gordon A. Driver of Las Vegas, Axcess Automation and Axcess Fund Management, both Nevada companies owned and controlled by Driver, in connection with a commodity pool Ponzi scheme in which the defendants defrauded over 100 participants in the US and Canada of over USD14m.  »

Regulation

ASIC makes new rules on suspicious activity reporting and short sale tagging

Tue, 17/07/2012 - 06:08

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has made new market integrity rules for suspicious activity reporting and short sale tagging requirements which will apply for the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and Chi-X markets. »

Report and magnifying glass

Edhec-Risk Institute proposes new method for assessing hedge fund performance

Mon, 16/07/2012 - 06:11

In a report produced as part of the Newedge research chair on Advanced Modelling for Alternative Investments, Edhec-Risk Institute has evaluated the performance of hedge funds through a non-linear risk adjustment of returns. »

AIMA chief executive Andrew Baker

AIMA supports removal of ban on general solicitation and advertising by US hedge fund managers

Fri, 13/07/2012 - 16:11

The Alternative Investment Management Association has expressed support for the elimination of the ban on general solicitation and advertising by hedge fund managers in the US, but has said that only accredited investors should continue to be allowed to invest in hedge funds. »

Question marks

OTC derivative market reforms raise challenging questions for sovereign institutions

Thu, 12/07/2012 - 12:14

Fundamental reforms of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets around the world are having a profound impact on how derivatives are used, raising particularly challenging questions for sovereign institutions, according to a BNY Mellon report. »

Gil Mandelzis, chief executive of EBS

EBS publishes new dealing rules

Wed, 11/07/2012 - 16:14

EBS, ICAP’s market leading electronic FX platform, has published new dealing rules for its customers and is relaunching the EBS brand. »

Russell Wasendorf Sr

CFTC files complaint against Peregrine Financial Group

Wed, 11/07/2012 - 09:38

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a complaint against Peregrine Financial Group Inc (PFG), a registered futures commission merchant, and its owner, Russell R Wasendorf, Sr (pictured).  »

Christopher Anderson, corporate partner, Carey Olsen

KPMG and Carey Olsen act on insurance-linked LSE main market listing

Wed, 11/07/2012 - 06:37

KPMG and Carey Olsen have advised Dexion Capital (Guernsey) on the launch of DCG IRIS, a new Guernsey-domiciled, closed-ended investment fund. »

Approved stamp

SEC approves rules and interpretations on key terms for regulating derivatives

Wed, 11/07/2012 - 06:20

The Securities and Exchange Commission has taken another step toward regulating the over-the-counter derivatives market by unanimously approving rules and interpretations for key definitions of certain derivative products. »

Fraud

Mihailovich, Sr. and Growth Capital Management to pay USD9.3m in anti-fraud action

Tue, 10/07/2012 - 16:06

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has obtained an order of permanent injunction against defendants Robert Mihailovich, Sr. of Rockwall, Texas, and Growth Capital Management requiring them to pay over USD9.3m for fraudulently soliciting over USD30m from customers to trade commodity futures contracts and foreign currency.  »

Andrew Baker, AIMA chief executive

AIMA publishes paper on social and economic value of hedge fund industry

Tue, 10/07/2012 - 12:12

The Alternative Investment Management Association has published a German-language educational paper about the social and economic value provided by the hedge fund industry. »

Steven Maijoor, ESMA chair

ESMA publishes MiFID guidelines to enhance investor protection

Fri, 06/07/2012 - 16:04

The European Securities and Markets Authority has published two final sets of guidelines aimed at enhancing the protection of investors in the EU.  »

Jersey Flag

Jersey

Fri, 06/07/2012 - 13:03

By Ashley Le Feuvre, Senior Manager Funds/SPV Group, Volaw Trust & Corporate Services Limited – Jersey is an international finance centre for a range of financial services including fund administration. Businesses are attracted to Jersey by the Island’s stable government, its proximity to both the UK and continental Europe, the significant expertise developed by the industry in a wide range of financial services and a competitive, co-operative and well-regulated tax environment. Jersey is a parliamentary democracy that is a dependency of the British Crown. It is a British Island, but is not part of the United Kingdom, nor is it a colony. »

Peter Cockhill, Ogier

Cayman Court upholds restructuring arrangements and delineation of legal and beneficial interests

Thu, 05/07/2012 - 16:02

The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands last week handed down judgment in the closely followed case of Medley Opportunity Fund Ltd v Fintan Master Fund Ltd and Nautical Nominees Limited, says Peter Cockhill and Rachael Reynolds of Ogier. »

Frozen assets

SEC freezes assets of missing Georgia-based investment adviser

Thu, 05/07/2012 - 06:00

The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained a court order to freeze the assets of a Georgia-based investment adviser who has apparently gone into hiding after orchestrating a USD40m investment fraud. »

Fraud

SEC charges Peter Madoff with fraud and false statements to regulators

Mon, 02/07/2012 - 15:58

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Peter Madoff, the brother of Bernie Madoff, with committing fraud, making false statements to regulators, and falsifying books and records in order to create the false appearance of a functioning compliance programme over Madoff’s fraudulent investment advisory operations. »

Approved stamp

CFTC approves guidance on cross-border application of Dodd-Frank swaps provisions

Mon, 02/07/2012 - 14:03

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has approved for public comment proposed interpretive guidance regarding the cross-border application of the swaps provisions of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Commission’s regulations. »

Report with magnifying glass

ESMA proposes remuneration guidelines for alternative investment fund managers

Mon, 02/07/2012 - 11:23

The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a consultation paper on proposed guidelines on remuneration of alternative investment fund managers.  »

Blue information sign

Liffe terminates clearing relationship with LCH.Clearnet

Fri, 29/06/2012 - 14:43

NYSE Euronext’s London derivatives market, LIFFE Administration and Management (LIFFE) has now given formal notice of termination with respect to the services currently received from LCH.Clearnet Ltd under the Clearing Relationship Agreement to support NYSE Liffe Clearing, NYX’s London-based derivatives clearing service.  »

Steven Maijoor, Chair, ESMA

ESMA proposes rules on derivatives central counterparties and trade repositories

Wed, 27/06/2012 - 10:00

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched a consultation on its technical standards under the Regulation on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (EMIR), which is aimed at improving the functioning of OTC derivatives markets in the European Union (EU).   »

Judgement hammer

New BVI Business Companies Act expected by year end

Tue, 19/06/2012 - 06:00

A Bill to amend the BVI Business Companies 2004 (the BC Act) has been introduced in the BVI’s House of Assembly. The Bill, and the BVI Business Companies Regulations 2012 (“Regulations”), have also been published in the official BVI Gazette.  »

Prison bars

Former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta guilty of fraud

Mon, 18/06/2012 - 10:47

Rajat Gupta a former Goldman Sachs board member has been convicted on insider trading charges by a court in New York. »

Jonathan Cohn, a principal for IT strategy and performance.  KPMG

KPMG and AxiomSL team up to assist investment advisers with Form PF

Fri, 15/06/2012 - 11:32

KPMG has formed an alliance with Axiom Software Laboratories, Inc. (AxiomSL), a provider of regulatory reporting and risk management solutions, to address new regulatory requirements facing investment advisors, including Form PF. »

Alex Ohlsson,  managing partner, Carey Olsen

Carey Olsen to offer Cayman Islands and BVI legal services

Thu, 14/06/2012 - 06:00

Carey Olsen is extending its legal service offering to include the jurisdictions of the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands (BVI). »

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