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Argentina and Belgium Accuse HSBC of Aiding Tax Evasion
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
November 28th, 2014
Argentina and Belgium have separately accused HSBC bank's Geneva branch of setting up a network of offshore accounts to help their citizens avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes. The charges are apparently based on a trove of documents provided by Hervé Falciani, a former HSBC employee turned whistleblower.

Major Banks Prepare to Pay Billions For Foreign Exchange Manipulation
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
October 31st, 2014
Multinational banks are preparing to pay out billions of dollars in fines to settle charges of foreign exchange manipulation. Some 19 investigations in ten different legal jurisdictions are now winding their way to completion and analysts says the final tally may hit $41 billion.

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.

Cyprus Banks Gamble Away Russian Billions
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
April 2nd, 2013
What role did senior executives of the Bank of Cyprus and Laiki Bank play in the collapse of Cyprus banking? Billions of euros - mostly invested by Russians and Ukranians attempting to dodge taxes - have been gambled away in the last few years.

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.

“Alchemy” Investigation Alleges Wall Street Fraud at Standard & Poor’s
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
February 5th, 2013
The medieval alchemists claimed they could turn ordinary metals into gold. Analysts at Standard & Poors (S&P), Wall Street’s top ratings agency, claimed that bad loans to poor people were wildly profitably. A U.S. government investigation alleges that S&P financial analysts are no different from the hucksters of yore.

Morgan Stanley Knew About “Nuclear Holocaust” Mortgage Loans, Taiwanese Lawsuit Reveals
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
January 23rd, 2013
Morgan Stanley, a major U.S. investment bank, was well aware of the problems in the sub-prime mortgage market as far back as 2005, according to documents just released in a New York court under a lawsuit brought by the China Development Industrial Bank from Taiwan.

Thanks But No Thanks: Insurance Company Considers Suing Uncle Sam After Rescue
by Puck LoCorpWatch Blog
January 9th, 2013
American Insurance Group (AIG), the world’s largest insurance company, considered suing the U.S. government over the terms of a massive $182 billion bailout that rescued it from almost certain bankruptcy.

U.S. Banks Win Mortgage Fraud Settlement, Borrowers Lose
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
January 8th, 2013
Ten major U.S. banks settled charges of illegally kicking people out of their homes for pennies on the dollar, under two agreements with the government. The biggest beneficiary is Bank of America which will win a get-out-of-jail free card for selling fraudulent loans to the government.

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.

Nomura CEO Resigns Over Insider Trading Scandal
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
July 26th, 2012
Kenichi Watanabe and Takumi Shibata, the CEO and chief operating officer of Nomura, have resigned over several recent insider trading scandals at the Japanese multinational conglomerate. The revelations are the latest in a series of events that have shone a welcome spotlight on seamier side of the financial industry.

HSBC Bank Apologizes for Laundering Mexican Drug Cartel Money
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
July 20th, 2012
HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks, has been accused of laundering money for Mexican drug cartels. At a hearing conducted by the U.S. Senate earlier this week, David Bagley, HSBC's head of compliance, apologized and resigned.

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.

Barclays Bank Fine Reveals Global Rate Setting Scandal
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
July 6th, 2012
A record $450 million fine for fixing rates at which banks lend to each other has been levied on Barclays bank in the UK, shining a light into how banks set – and manipulate - rates at which $360 trillion in international deposits are loaned out every day.

How to Make A (Foreign) Wall Street Bank Vanish
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
June 7th, 2012
How Deutsche Bank made its U.S. arm vanish from the records maintained by the Federal Reserve and saved itself from locking up $20 billion in deposits. (Hint: Hire a lobbyist on Capitol Hill)

Whale Wars: Hedge Funds Rob Banks, and the Poor Suffer Most
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
May 30th, 2012
One rich bank (JP Morgan) lost money to a rich hedge fund (Saba). Surely that is a zero sum game: They swap mansions and yachts, their partners swap diamonds and butlers, and it makes no difference to the rest of us. Or are they robbing us?

Shareholder Spring Spreads: CEOs Ousted in the UK, Bank of America Protested
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
May 9th, 2012
Protests at the 2012 annual general meetings of companies may rank as the most diverse, widespread and sizeable in history. They have been bolstered not just by Occupy activists outside but also by institutional investors inside who have started a "shareholder spring" against excessive CEO pay.

Hedge Funds Handed New Loophole to Make Money
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
May 7th, 2012
Hedge funds were just handed an opportunity to make even more money under a new law signed by President Barack Obama last month. Consumer advocates say that unsophisticated investors may be at risk as a result.

Bankers Bonanzas Protested By Blue Eagles and A Cigar-Smoking Rat
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
April 27th, 2012
Protestors have rallied this week outside annual meetings of Barclays bank in London, Citibank in Dallas, Credit Suisse in Zurich and Wells Fargo in San Francisco. A surprising number of shareholders have rallied to their side to vote down excessive executive compensation, in an unexpected victory for the Occupy movement.

Vampire Squid Update: SEC Fines Goldman For Huddles
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
April 13th, 2012
Goldman Sachs will pay out $22 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges of insider trading. Company researchers were accused of holding weekly “huddles” with investment bankers and traders to provide them with stock tips for preferred clients.

Lockheed, General Dynamics Face UK Bank Boycott Over Cluster Bombs
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
April 10th, 2012
Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics of the U.S. face divestment from major UK banks, for manufacturing cluster bombs. The Guardian newspaper has exclusively reported that Aviva, the UK’s largest insurance company; Scottish Widows (part of the Lloyds Banking Group) and the Co-op Bank will sell shares in these companies, following a similar move by the Royal Bank of Scotland last year.

Mining Maverick Resigns from Rainmaking at JP Morgan
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
April 5th, 2012
Ian Hannam, a senior JP Morgan banker and ex-soldier, who helped finance a number of flamboyant and controversial mineral extraction projects from India to Tanzania over the last couple of decade, has resigned, after being fined $720,000 for insider trading by the UK Financial Services Authority.

Barclays Bankers Bonanza
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
March 15th, 2012
Three Barclays bankers made more than $15 million in 2011 salary packages, with the CEO making $28 million. The numbers were revealed under a pact made by the banking sector with the UK government, under Project Merlin, sparking outrage.

Vampire Squid Loses Tentacle
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
March 14th, 2012
Greg Smith, a Goldman Sachs employee in London, has quit the company with a fiercely critical op-ed in the New York Times in which he accuses the Wall Street investment bank of losing its moral compass.

Washington Losing Poker Game in Kabul
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
March 8th, 2012
Mahmoud Karzai, brother to the Afghan president and Abdul Hasin Fahim, brother to the vice-president, are the real symbols of corruption in Afghanistan. Kabul Bank has helped finance their shady deals and contracts with the U.S. military

Scotland Yard Needs To Pursue Gordon Gekko
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
March 2nd, 2012
The FBI has just released an ad featuring the fictional character Gordon Gekko from the “Wall Street” films to target insider trading. Increasingly, however, it seems that Scotland Yard needs a similar campaign for the City of London, which has become the center for the mantra “Greed is Good.”

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.