4 August 2009
The financial giant proposes to fix $6-billion snafu with a fine of $33 million. Bank of America will hand over $33 million to lay to rest U . S.
14 July 2009
A US Republican lawmaker involved in a congressional probe of government influence over Bank of America's purchase of Merrill Lynch - a deal creating the world’s biggest wealth manager - has asked for more documents from the US administration to explain government intervention in the banking system, Reuters reported. Legislators have pressed the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve for details surrounding Bank of America's acquisition of Merrill late last year at the height of the financial crisis . There is controversy over whether BoA bought a firm with credit problems far greater than BoA had envisaged.
19 June 2009
Bank of America chief executive Ken Lewis was approached about two months ago by three former senior Merrill executives, including some of its wealth management officials, about buying back some of their old firm, but were turned down by Mr Lewis, the Financial Times said. BoA’s purchase of Merrill, officially completed at the start of 2009, has created one of the world’s biggest wealth management companies . The transaction, forged in the middle of the financial crisis, has been controversial amid claims that the scale of losses sustained by Merrill in the credit crunch had not been fully disclosed at the time BoA carried out the takeover at the behest of the US government.
19 June 2009
Policymakers in the US and Europe are proposing sweeping regulatory changes to financial services, which could have far-reaching effects on sectors including wealth management, but there remains a serious risk that tighter controls will have unintended effects, industry groups say. US president Barack Obama, who in January took up office in the midst of arguably the worst financial crisis since the early 1930s, has said in a speech this week he intends to put into force a wide-ranging reform of how financial services are regulated, transferring more oversight powers to the US Federal Reserve . His administration and lawmakers in Washington are also trying to force so-called tax havens such as Switzerland and the Cayman Islands to disclose more information to thereby catch tax evaders.
11 June 2009
Eight southern Californian attorneys reinforce Venable's business division. The Los Angeles office of Washington, D . C.
14 May 2009
Former US treasury secretary Henry Paulson, saying nine of the country's banks were “central to any solution” of the credit crisis, told their management to take government aid or be forced to by regulators, according to a memo prepared for an October meeting seen by Bloomberg. “If a capital infusion is not appealing, you should be aware that your regulator will require it in any circumstance,” Mr Paulson’s one-page list of talking points for the session with the banks’ chief executives was reported to read . “We don’t believe it is tenable to opt out because doing so would leave you vulnerable and exposed.
24 April 2009
The circumstances surrounding Bank of America’s takeover of Merrill Lynch have caused a public dispute involving the bank’s chief executive, Ken Lewis, and top management past and present, according to media reports. The furore began when Andrew Cuomo, New York attorney general, released documents raising new questions over Mr Lewis’ failure to tell investors about huge losses at Merrill before completing the acquisition . BoA's takeover of Merrill Lynch has created one of the world's biggest wealth management businesses.
2 April 2009
The US Justice Department has opened about 100 criminal investigations into wealthy US clients of UBS, according to the New York Times, which quoted a person briefed on the matter who was not identified by name. Several accounts under scrutiny have more than $100 million in assets, with the single largest holding more than $150 million, the NYT said . A UBS spokesman declined to comment when questioned by news agencies on the matter.
24 March 2009
US taxpayers are on course to recoup about half of the controversial $165 million of bonuses paid by AIG, the stricken insurance giant being kept alive by US government aid, after some of the largest recipients agreed to return the money, New York attorney-general Andrew Cuomo said yesterday, according to media reports. Mr Cuomo said 15 of the top 20 bonus recipients had agreed to return their bonuses in full, amounting to more than $50 million . “I think it will be possible to recoup approximately $80 million,” he said, adding that he would continue to work with both AIG executives and individual employees to recoup the funds.
23 February 2009
The US government could end up owning as much as 40 per cent of ailing financial giant Citi, media reports said, highlighting how once-powerful private banking empires were becoming increasingly drawn into public sector control. The Wall Street Journal said Citi had proposed converting into common equity a big chunk of the preferred shares the government bought last year to try to stabilise the position of the US bank . While Citi executives hope to limit the government's stake to closer to 25 percent, it could end up as high as 40 per cent, the WSJ said.
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