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Offshore centres under fire for "economic warfare", warns law firm

Offshore centres under fire for "economic warfare", warns law firm

Tue, 05/08/2008 - 06:59

Offshore financial centres are liable to come under increasing pressure from tax authorities worldwide in the wake of the US Senate investigation i »

FSA finds no evidence of market manipulation behind HBOS share price slump

FSA finds no evidence of market manipulation behind HBOS share price slump

Sun, 03/08/2008 - 21:08

The Financial Services Authority has announced that its investigation into trading in the stock of mortgage bank HBOS following a sharp fall in its share price has failed to uncover eviden »

Hedgeweek Comment: UBS ruling will give breather to service providers

Hedgeweek Comment: UBS ruling will give breather to service providers

Thu, 31/07/2008 - 07:05

Providing some respite for the beleaguered Swiss banking giant, a New York Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that UBS was responsible for regulatory failings on the part »

SEC extends order limiting naked short-selling until August 12

SEC extends order limiting naked short-selling until August 12

Wed, 30/07/2008 - 12:03

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has extended the order first issued on July 15 barring so-called naked short-selling in the securities of financial institutions to which the Fede »

Hedgeweek Comment: No challenge to Cayman in sight

Hedgeweek Comment: No challenge to Cayman in sight

Wed, 30/07/2008 - 07:07

Often missed or played down in many media reports and analyses, cutting costs through paying less tax is an important feature of financial sustenance for many companies. »

US Attorney launches criminal case over commodities Ponzi scheme

US Attorney launches criminal case over commodities Ponzi scheme

Tue, 29/07/2008 - 23:00

The US Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas has laid a three-count federal criminal charge against George D. »

Hedgeweek Comment: The rumour mill

Hedgeweek Comment: The rumour mill

Tue, 29/07/2008 - 07:01

Dozens of hedge funds are reported to have received subpoenas from the Securities and Exchange Commission as it investigates rumours that have battered the share price of Lehman Brothers i »

Cayman sets new mark with more than 10,000 registered funds

Cayman sets new mark with more than 10,000 registered funds

Mon, 28/07/2008 - 16:34

The Cayman Islands have passed the milestone of 10,000 investment funds registered in the jurisdiction, with 10,037 funds recorded by the financial industry regulator, the Cayman Islands M »

CFTC charges Dutch group Optiver with manipulation of Nymex energy futures market

CFTC charges Dutch group Optiver with manipulation of Nymex energy futures market

Thu, 24/07/2008 - 18:21

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has charged Dutch-based proprietary trading fund Optiver Holding, two of its subsidiaries and three employees with manipulation of three oil and »

Comment: SEC amends emergency order regarding short sales of securities of certain financial firms

Comment: SEC amends emergency order regarding short sales of securities of certain financial firms

Wed, 23/07/2008 - 07:00

Sean O'Malley, a partner in the business law department and a member of the financial services and investment management groups at US law firm Goodwin Procter, says the SEC's amendments to »

MFA and CPIC urge SEC not to extend emergency order on short selling

MFA and CPIC urge SEC not to extend emergency order on short selling

Tue, 22/07/2008 - 21:00

The Managed Funds Association and the Coalition of Private Investment Companies have written to Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Christopher Cox, urging the SEC not to extend it »

Hedgeweek Comment: Bayou hedge fund fraud continues to reverberate

Hedgeweek Comment: Bayou hedge fund fraud continues to reverberate

Tue, 22/07/2008 - 07:00

Frustrated investors in the defunct Bayou Management hedge funds run by Sam Israel, the fund manager who faked his death last month in a vain bid to escape prison for a USD450m fraud, are »

Hedgeweek Comment: Trust the hedge fund manager?

Hedgeweek Comment: Trust the hedge fund manager?

Thu, 17/07/2008 - 07:05

Activist hedge fund manager William Ackman has suggested a rescue plan to restructure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which, he claims, will reduce leverage at the two government-sponsored but »

SEC clamps down on 'naked' short selling of key financial institution stocks

SEC clamps down on 'naked' short selling of key financial institution stocks

Wed, 16/07/2008 - 23:54

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued an emergency order that it says is designed to enhance investor protection against so-called 'naked' short selling in the securities of mo »

Hedgeweek Comment: Steer clear of rumours

Hedgeweek Comment: Steer clear of rumours

Tue, 15/07/2008 - 10:02

Troubled times bring waves of rumours and speculation. But sometimes this goes too far, especially if it leads to something more serious, even illegal. »

Business as usual, says Channel Islands' Dawnay Day Milroy

Business as usual, says Channel Islands' Dawnay Day Milroy

Sun, 13/07/2008 - 22:33

Following reports that administrators are about to be called in at companies belonging to the UK-based Dawnay Day group, Channel Islands-based alternative investment manager Dawnay Day Mil »

CFTC amends no-action letter issued to Dubai exchange to curb oil price speculation

CFTC amends no-action letter issued to Dubai exchange to curb oil price speculation

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 06:58

The US futures regulator, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has taken further steps to curb what it sees as damaging speculation on the pri »

Agreement with SEC to give Federal Reserve early warning data on securities firms

Agreement with SEC to give Federal Reserve early warning data on securities firms

Tue, 08/07/2008 - 11:49

Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Christopher Cox and Federal Reserve System chairman Ben Bernanke have signed a memorandum of understanding between the two agencies that will de »

Hedgeweek Comment: Lesson still not learned

Hedgeweek Comment: Lesson still not learned

Tue, 08/07/2008 - 07:05

If ever there was a lesson to be learned from the spate of catastrophes precipitated by the credit crunch, it should be that mistakes made in the past should be remedied to prevent future »

Aima to develop sound practices guide for fund of hedge funds managers

Aima to develop sound practices guide for fund of hedge funds managers

Mon, 07/07/2008 - 16:15

The Alternative Investment Management Association, the London-based hedge fund industry association, has announced plans to publish what it says will be the world's first global guide to s »

Hedgeweek Comment: Too much regulation can spoil the broth

Hedgeweek Comment: Too much regulation can spoil the broth

Thu, 03/07/2008 - 07:05

Yesterday saw another new rule announced by the Financial Services Authority but, in contrast to its earlier clampdown on short selling, this time the UK financial watchdog has done a full »

Financial Services Authority unveils new disclosure rules for contracts for difference

Financial Services Authority unveils new disclosure rules for contracts for difference

Wed, 02/07/2008 - 12:50

The UK's Financial Services Authority has unveiled new rules requiring holders of long stock positions through contracts for difference to disclose holdings above 3 per cent in order to ad »

Hedgeweek Comment: TCI and fellow activists may win through in Japan after all

Hedgeweek Comment: TCI and fellow activists may win through in Japan after all

Tue, 01/07/2008 - 19:09

Faced with sluggish growth and a backlash abroad against restrictive practices in its financial markets, Japan has set out plans to revitalise itself as a global financial centre. »

Hedgeweek Comment: Short selling of a different kind?

Hedgeweek Comment: Short selling of a different kind?

Mon, 30/06/2008 - 07:05

Last week, new rules from the UK's Financial Services Authority came into force under which hedge funds and other investors must reveal their positions when shorting firms that are in the »

Hedge Fund Standards Board appoints Antonio Borges as chairman

Hedge Fund Standards Board appoints Antonio Borges as chairman

Fri, 27/06/2008 - 13:08

The London-based Hedge Fund Standards Board has appointed Antonio Borges, a former vice-chairman of Goldman Sachs and dean of French business school Insead, as its first permanent chairman »

Jersey lawyer criticises inconsistency of EU money laundering 'white list'

Jersey lawyer criticises inconsistency of EU money laundering 'white list'

Fri, 27/06/2008 - 06:59

A Jersey lawyer specialising in the field of money laundering and financial services regulation has questioned the validity of the European Union's »

Hedgeweek Comment: Expro hearing outcome will indicate hedge fund clout

Hedgeweek Comment: Expro hearing outcome will indicate hedge fund clout

Thu, 26/06/2008 - 07:05

A court hearing to determine whether a consortium of three private equity firms should be allowed to complete their planned acquisition of oil services company Expro was adjourned on Monda »

US law firm expects more investor claims to follow indictment of Bear Stearns managers

US law firm expects more investor claims to follow indictment of Bear Stearns managers

Tue, 24/06/2008 - 14:59

New York law firm Klayman & Toskes believes that claims against Bear Stearns - now part of JP Morgan Chase - on behalf of investors in its High-Grade Structured Credit Strategies and H »

Hedgeweek Comment: Knife-edge vote

Hedgeweek Comment: Knife-edge vote

Tue, 24/06/2008 - 07:00

Many hedge fund observers will have their eyes on CSX's annual shareholders' meeting on June 25 - a meeting that takes place amid much wrangling between the US railway operator and its hed »

Hedgeweek Comment: The salesman and his toast

Hedgeweek Comment: The salesman and his toast

Mon, 23/06/2008 - 07:00

'The entire sub-prime market is toast,' read an e-mail between Ralph Tannin and Matthew Cioffi, two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers who stand accused of having known their portfoli »

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