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Federal Regulators Failed to Police Goldman Sachs, Says Whistleblower
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
September 26th, 2014
Carmen Segarra, a former senior examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has revealed how government regulators failed to adequately police Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment bank. (The Federal Reserve is the central banking system of the U.S. chartered by Congress to supervise private banks)

Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion to Settle Mortgage Fraud Charges
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
August 21st, 2014
Bank of America has agreed to pay the government $9.65 billion to settle charges of misleading investors over mortgage lending in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis. The bank will also pay out an additional $7 billion to help borrowers and communities affected by the loans.

Argentina Loses Court Appeal Against “Vulture” Fund Manager Paul Singer
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
June 20th, 2014
Paul Singer, the billionaire hedge fund manager, has claimed victory in a lawsuit to force Argentina to fork out almost 17 times more than he paid to buy bonds issued by the country.

Hedge Fund Managers Still Making Billions
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch
May 17th, 2014
David Tepper, the founder of New Jersey-based Appaloosa Management, was the world’s highest earning hedge fund manager for the second year in a row, according to the Rich List published earlier this month. Tepper earned $3.5 billion in 2012, a major increase on his $2.2 billion take home income in 2012.

Barclays Temporarily Backs Down On Somali Money Transfers
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
April 21st, 2014
Dahabshiil, a Somali money transfer company, has won a temporary reprieve from Barclays, the last major bank to allow remittances to Somalia. The agreement comes just as a new report estimates that African expatriates lose $1.8 billion a year in transfer fees to companies like Moneygram and Western Union.

Anglo Irish Bankers On Trial For Scheme That Led to National Collapse
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
February 12th, 2014
Three top executives at Anglo Irish bank are on trial for a secret scheme to buy their own bank’s shares that eventually triggered the 2008 collapse of the Irish economy. The bankers allegedly hatched the plan to cover up bets made by Sean Quinn, once Ireland’s richest man.

Goldman Sachs Sued for Selling Libya Billions in "Worthless" Options
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
January 31st, 2014
Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment bank, is being sued in London for selling Libya “worthless” derivatives trades in 2008 that the country’s financial managers did not understand. Libya says it lost approximately $1.2 billion on the deals, while Goldman made $350 million.

Major Banks Suspend Foreign Exchange Traders Over Market Manipulation
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
January 20th, 2014
Several major banks – notably Citibank, Deutsche Bank and HSBC - have suspended over a dozen global foreign exchange traders in a growing scandal over manipulation in the $5.3 trillion-a-day market. Barclays, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Chartered and UBS are also being investigated.

Blackstone Group Buys Houses in Bulk to Profit from Mortgage Crisis
by Laura GottesdienerTomDispatch.com
November 28th, 2013
Blackstone Group, a major private equity firm, has bought up 200,000 houses in cities hardest hit by the economic meltdown. They hope to profit by renting homes to poor people and securitizing the cash flow – the very plan that caused the crisis in the first place.

EuroZone Profiteers: Ireland
November 13th, 2013
This profile of Ireland is from CorpWatch's EuroZone Profiteers report - a study of the the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain during the EuroZone crisis. Loans from these banks helped fuel the credit boom that left borrowing countries deep in debt.

EuroZone Profiteers: Greece
November 13th, 2013
This profile of Westdeutsche Landesbank is from CorpWatch's EuroZone Profiteers report which investigates the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain during the EuroZone crisis. Loans from these banks helped fuel the credit boom that left the countries deep in debt.

EuroZone Profiteers: Spain
November 13th, 2013
This profile of Spain is from CorpWatch's EuroZone Profiteers report which investigates the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain during the EuroZone crisis. Loans from these banks helped fuel the credit boom that left the countries deep in debt.

EuroZone Profiteers: Dexia
November 13th, 2013
This profile of Dexia is from CorpWatch's EuroZone Profiteers report which investigates the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain during the EuroZone crisis. Loans from these banks helped fuel the credit boom that left the countries deep in debt.

EuroZone Profiteers: Crédit Agricole
November 13th, 2013
This profile of Crédit Agricole is from CorpWatch's EuroZone Profiteers report which investigates the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain during the EuroZone crisis. Loans from these banks helped fuel the credit boom that left the countries deep in debt.

EuroZone Profiteers: Société Générale
November 13th, 2013
This profile of Société Générale is from CorpWatch's EuroZone Profiteers report which investigates the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain during the EuroZone crisis. Loans from these banks helped fuel the credit boom that left the countries deep in debt.

EuroZone Profiteers: French Banking
November 13th, 2013
This profile of French banking is from CorpWatch's EuroZone Profiteers report which investigates the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain during the EuroZone crisis. Loans from these banks helped fuel the credit boom that left the countries deep in debt.

EuroZone Profiteers: Commerzbank
November 13th, 2013
This profile of Commerzbank/Eurohypo is from CorpWatch's EuroZone Profiteers report which investigates the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain during the EuroZone crisis. Loans from these banks helped fuel the credit boom that left the countries deep in debt.

EuroZone Profiteers: Depfa and Hypo Real Estate
November 13th, 2013
This profile of Depfa/Hypo Real Estate is from CorpWatch's EuroZone Profiteers report - a study of the the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain during the EuroZone crisis. Loans from these banks helped fuel the credit boom that left borrowing countries deep in debt.

EuroZone Profiteers: Westdeutsche Landesbank
November 13th, 2013
This profile of Westdeutsche Landesbank is from CorpWatch's EuroZone Profiteers report which investigates the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain during the EuroZone crisis. Loans from these banks helped fuel the credit boom that left the countries deep in debt.

EuroZone Profiteers: German Banking
November 13th, 2013
This profile of German banking is from CorpWatch's EuroZone Profiteers report which investigates the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain during the EuroZone crisis. Loans from these banks helped fuel the credit boom that left the countries deep in debt.

EuroZone Profiteers: Time to Investigate the Bankers and Bureaucrats
November 13th, 2013
Conclusion to a new CorpWatch report that shines a light on the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain in the EuroZone crisis that left borrowing countries deep in debt.

EuroZone Profiteers: Odious Debt
November 13th, 2013
A new CorpWatch report shines a light on the role of six major banks that helped cause the EuroZone crisis. As of June 2013, Greece was forced to borrow €207 billion, Spain €100 billion, and Ireland an additional €85 billion, partly because of risky lending by major banks.

EuroZone Profiteers: Lending Frenzy
November 13th, 2013
European Union bureaucrats convinced major banks in Europe to compete with each other, a push helped fuel the EuroZone crisis. But as E.U. Competition Commissioner Mario Monti firly believed that competition would "reward greater efficiency."

EuroZone Profiteers: Who Owes Whom?
November 13th, 2013
Introduction to a new CorpWatch report that shines a light on the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain in the EuroZone crisis. “The EuroZone Profiteers” profiles Commerzbank, Depfa and Westdeutsche Landesbank from Germany; Crédit Agricole and Société Générale from France; together with Dexia – a Franco-Belgian financial institution.

EuroZone Profiteers: Welcome to the Casino
November 13th, 2013
Introduction to a new CorpWatch report that shines a light on the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain in the EuroZone crisis. “The EuroZone Profiteers” profiles Commerzbank, Depfa and Westdeutsche Landesbank from Germany; Crédit Agricole and Société Générale from France; together with Dexia – a Franco-Belgian financial institution.

The EuroZone Profiteers
November 13th, 2013
A new CorpWatch report shines a light on the role of six major banks in Greece, Ireland and Spain in the EuroZone crisis. “The EuroZone Profiteers” profiles Commerzbank, Depfa and Westdeutsche Landesbank from Germany; Crédit Agricole and Société Générale from France; together with Dexia – a Franco-Belgian financial institution.

JP Morgan May Escape Criminal Charges for $13 Billion
by Pratap Chatterjee
October 22nd, 2013
JP Morgan, the Wall Street bank, is negotiating to escape criminal prosecution for its role in the sub-prime mortgage crisis in return for paying the U.S. government roughly $3 billion, plus $6 billion to investors, and another $4 billion to compensate home owners.

JP Morgan Fined Over $1 Billion for Wall Street Scams
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
September 20th, 2013
JP Morgan, the Wall Street investment bank, has been fined $920 million for violating trading laws that were discovered after trader Bruno Iksil (nicknamed the “London Whale”) lost billions in bets last May. It was also fined over $80 million for credit card scams in an unrelated incident.

Commodity Scams: Barclays, Goldman & JP Morgan Under Fire
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
July 23rd, 2013
JP Morgan Chase is expected to announce over $600 million in penalties and repayments for allegedly cheating customers in energy markets in California and Michigan. This just after Barclays bank paid out $470 million for manipulating electricity rates. Now Goldman Sachs is under scrutiny for possibly manipulating aluminum prices.

Anglo Irish Bank Executives Joked About Billion Euro Bail Out Scam
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
June 24th, 2013
Executives at one of Ireland’s biggest banks laughed and joked about how they were going to fool the Central Bank into bailing them out, according to a tape recording obtained by the Irish Independent. The failure of Anglo Irish Bank is eventually expected to cost the taxpayer €30 billion.

Cat and Mouse Game for Wall Street Hedge Fund
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
June 4th, 2013
Steve Cohen, the billionaire founder of the most profitable hedge fund in history with $15 billion in assets averaging 30 percent in annual profits for two decades, has become the most watched man on Wall Street. Will he lose all his outside investors and will he go to jail?

KPMG Senior Partner Caught for Insider Trading
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
April 9th, 2013
KPMG, the fourth biggest accounting firm in the world, has announced that it has fired Scott London, one of its top partners. New reports indicate that London was let go for providing insider information on two companies – Herbalife and Skechers.

Wall Street Giants – JP Morgan and SAC – Hauled Up On Fraud Allegations
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
March 15th, 2013
JP Morgan - the Wall Street investment bank - and SAC - a major hedge fund - were hauled up Friday for alleged fraud. JP Morgan was questioned at a U.S. Senate hearing about hiding trading losses while SAC agreed to pay $614 million to settle insider trading charges.

“Fat Cat” Laws Approved In Europe To Curb Excessive Corporate Pay
by Puck LoCorpWatch Blog
March 8th, 2013
Nearly 70 percent of Swiss voters approved a “fat cat” referendum that would prohibit “golden handshake” bonuses to departing corporate bosses while the European Union approved legislation limiting bankers executive bonuses to a maximum of one year’s salary, or twice that amount if a majority of shareholders approve.

U.S. Prosecutors Build Case Against Steve Cohen, Hedge Fund Billionaire
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
February 24th, 2013
SAC Capital is one of the most profitable hedge funds in history with $15 billion in assets averaging 30 percent in annual profits for 20 years running. Today Wall Street is watching nervously as U.S. government lawyers work on a case against billionaire founder Steven Cohen for insider trading.

U.S. Sues Bank of America for $1 Billion in Bad Mortgages
by Puck LoCorpWatch Blog
October 29th, 2012
Federal prosecutors are suing Bank of America for selling fraudulent loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two government-sponsored mortgage finance companies. The government alleged that the multinational sold over $1 billion in bad mortgages that led to numerous foreclosures.

Seven Irish Banks Investigated for Insurance Scam
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
October 8th, 2012
Seven Irish banks are being investigated by the Central Bank of Ireland for selling consumers insurance policies that they did not need. Tens of thousands of Irish consumers could get as much as €3,000 ($3,900) each in refunds.

Seven Banks Under Investigation for Global Interest Rate Scandal
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
August 16th, 2012
Seven international banks have been served with subpoenas over the global interest setting scandal. Barclays, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS – have been asked to provide relevant “documents and communications” to the New York attorney-general.

Private Hedge Fund "Alpha" Surveys Allow Wealthy Clients to Profit From "Insider" Views
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
July 17th, 2012
BlackRock and Two Sigma Investments – both major hedge funds - have been conducting regular private surveys of brokers for wealthy clients. The practice has raised red flags because of Morgan Stanley's role in the Facebook stock market flotation, as well as insider trading scandals at Goldman Sachs.

Obama's Tax Haven Reform: Chump Change
by Charlie CraySpecial to CorpWatch
June 15th, 2009
In early May, the Obama administration announced plans to eliminate the advantages that multinationals have over domestic corporations as to the tax treatment of reinvested profits. K Street corporate lobbyists haven’t squealed so loudly since they lost their three martini lunches. The uproar draws attention away from the fact that U.S. multinationals enjoy an effective tax rate of just 2.4 percent on billions of dollars in foreign active earnings.

Mexico’s Other Crisis: Foreign Banks
by Kent PatersonSpecial to CorpWatch
May 15th, 2009
The worldwide financial crisis is hitting people in the Global South with particular venom, and disaster profiteering is alive and well. Take Mexico. While entities like Citigroup-owned Banamex get away with charging Mexican credit account-holders usurious interest rates of up to 100 percent, Banamex itself turned nearly $1 billion in profits in 2008.

An Uncomfortable Spotlight in Davos
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
January 31st, 2008
The CEOs of three-quarters of the world's 100 largest companies have just completed an uncomfortable weekend at the tiny Swiss ski resort of Davos, while their companies' share prices nosedived on global stock markets, amid concern that the U.S. economy is staggering towards recession.

Soaring Executive Pay Attacked by Shareholder Activists
by Sam PizzigatiSpecial to CorpWatch
June 26th, 2007
Last year, the CEOs of the 500 biggest U.S. companies averaged $15.2 million in total annual compensation, according to Forbes business magazine’s annual executive pay survey. The top eight CEOs on the Forbes list each pocketed over $100 million. Stunning numbers like these have moved executive pay onto America’s political radar screen.

Bad Faith: Fraud in the Insurance Industry
by Ray BourhisSpecial to CorpWatch
August 24th, 2005
When individuals sue major corporations, the odds are stacked against them. One woman's fight against an insurance giant details those odds and what it takes to beat them.

Adding Insult to Injury
by David PhinneySpecial to CorpWatch
May 24th, 2005
Many Halliburton contractors leave Iraq with debilitating injuries and deep psychological scars. Then they return home only to find that the insurance they need to rebuild their lives is out of reach.

Yukos Kingpin on Trial
by Lucy KomisarSpecial to CorpWatch
May 10th, 2005
This week, a Moscow court will issue a verdict in the tax fraud trial of billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky. While some critics argue that the charges are politically motivated, others question his innocence in the eyes of the West.

Bringing Business Back Ashore
by Lucy KomisarSpecial to CorpWatch
April 4th, 2005
A new breed of leadership is working to make Buenos Aires, Argentina, a local, transparent economy and a model for the rest of the world.

Cooking the Insurance Books
by Lucy KomisarSpecial to CorpWatch
November 17th, 2004
As New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer charges American International Group (AIG) executives with collusion in an insurance brokerage kickback scandal, a paper trail stretching back a decade reveals that AIG used offshore shell companies to skirt the law.

From Business Executive to Peace Activist
by Julie LightCorpWatch
April 17th, 2003
Warren Langley, former President of the Pacific Stock Exchange, talks with CorpWatch about his sojourn from the executive suites to activism in the streets.